August 16, 1956 – September 3, 2020
Amber is survived by her husband Tom, children Eric, Aileen and Lauren (Brandon), and grandchildren, and her brother Gary (Wendy) and brother in law Al (Debbie). Predeceased by her parents Rudolph and Verna Schaffeld, brother Doug, sister Sheila and nephew Michael. Amber will enjoy playing card and board games with family already in Heaven. Keep an eye on Nan. Our family is blessed because of Amber's love. It was unconditional and always present. Amber looked for the best in people. Amber's creativity was seen and appreciated in her decorating, paintings, floral arrangements, and in her clothing, most definitely in her clothing. Amber was employed as a nursery schoolteacher. She could engage and keep the children interested and involved. Or did the children engage Mrs. Amber? Amber also worked as a floral designer, something that gave her great pleasure. She especially enjoyed it when asked to "create" an arrangement.
Amber enjoyed watching the doves around our home. She would comment that they were the worst nest builders and that was because their focus was on loving each other and their babies. The binoculars were always nearby. Watching the family of foxes cross Blackwell Rd. blessed her greatly. We just had to go back to the spot in hopes she might see them again. Nicole & Sean thank you for checking in on me to ensure I was okay, thank you for your love and support. Thank you to Dr. Lilly, oncology staff, PSW's, VON nurses, 5th floor palliative care nurses and the support staff for all the care you provided Amber. Amber would say "they are all so wonderful, I wish I could take them home". Amber appreciated you, you became her friend and she knew your names. Pastors A&P, Amber was comforted by your prayers.
Thank you, Friends,
Dayna & Richard: for your thoughts (prayers). Which I could truly feel. Both Amber and I were glad we met and became friends. The pickerel is great too! Margarette (Scottish dancing): for your regular checks on Amber, for the card with the beautiful note and for taking Amber out to the Imperial Theatre. Although ill at the time she really enjoyed the outing. To the Scottish dancers for the beautiful card of thistles with your thoughts, prayers, and comments. Deborah: Willing & ready to help us. For providing items that made Amber feel and look beautiful. For the card & flowers. They brightened Amber's hospital stay. Amber wished she had more years of your friendship. Jennifer (co-worker & friend): For your love, care, and provision while going through serious health challenges yourself. And then to offer to come from Corunna to be with Amber so I could go and do whatever. You are amazing. Darlene: for your concern, follow up and prayer. Bev & Dave (long time friends): For the many good times over the years. For the standing invitation for Christmas eve with your entire family. Great food & fellowship. Amber got great pleasure when shopping for clothes. She would say endorphins were released. Bev, I really appreciated it when you volunteered to take Amber shopping & to "wheel her around" when walking became difficult for her. Of course, no surprise there because "that's Bev". Donna (long time & kind friend): Always doing what you could and often more than you should. You are a wonderful person. Isabelle (long time friend from Mount Forest): Amber enjoyed the visits with you. She would comment on how you were so intellectual and at the same time practical & down to earth. That you were a professor, a gifted artist, quilter, and could also train horses. Amber always felt motivated and stimulated from your visits and conversations. Thank you, Isabelle, for your research and the time you invested in Amber. Betty & Gary (long-time riding buddy): Betty for your concern and compassion which was
evident when you asked about Amber. Amber was appreciative and would say you had a good and caring heart. She knew that by the many friends you have. For checking in on me to see that things were really okay. I appreciated that. Gary for your daily check-ins on both Amber and me. For your continual support, listening ear and providing the necessary distraction for me during this time. You're a great person, a great friend and of course a great riding buddy. Pam & Sonda (Amber's nieces): For your love & support. For sharing through the pain from the loss of your own loved ones so that we would be comforted. For keeping an eye on me. During this journey I made a wonderful connection with Pam and Sonda. We talked, cried and we also laughed. Mark; thankyou for sharing Pam's time with and for me. It was very comforting. Now that's friends defined.
Proverbs 31,10: ................ I found her. I definitely found her!
Dolly, I love you, I miss you, and I'll see you on the other side, Tommy.
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