Amber J. Anderson, 28, of North Branch, died Friday, May 24, 2013 at Fairview University Medical Center in Minneapolis.
Life is a story. A series of stories, strung together as moments … moments that we share with others, that later become memories. We get to choose parts of our story, while other portions are given to us, like predetermined groundwork. Amber was given a unique story, one that included challenges of disability that most of us will never struggle with, but in return, she was blessed with a patience and a peace that most of us will never learn. Her purpose on earth was to touch lives, which she did quietly and with permanence. She taught us with her soft brown eyes, gave us pause with her warm smile, and reminded us of the importance of simple happiness. She lived as we should: simply, taking notice of the warm sunshine on your skin, the lingering fragrance of flowers, the taste of your favorite food upon your tongue. She knew to live gently and with pure heart.
Amber is survived by her parents, Randy and Sue Anderson, of North Branch; sisters, Kelsea (Jacob) Fehlen, of Osceola, Wis.; Karli (Dan) Ouellette, of Santa Barbara, Calif; brothers, Sam Anderson, of River Falls, Wis., and Luke Anderson, of River Falls, Wis; nieces and nephews, Jade, Liam, Morgan and Maria; grandfather, Denzil Jackson, of Fridley. She is preceded in death by her grandparents, Joan Jackson and Delmor and Ruth Anderson.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, May 29 at Grandstrand Funeral Home in North Branch with Rev. Ray Cheshire officiating. Music was provided by Anna Gilkerson on piano and Leslie Sundeen as soloist. Serving as casket bearers were Kelsea and Jacob Fehlen, Karlie and Dan Ouellette and Sam and Luke Anderson. Interment followed the service at Sunrise Cemetery. Visitation was held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home on Wednesday.
Arrangements were under the direction of Grandstrand Funeral Home in North Branch. Condolences maybe left at www.grandstrandfh.com.