June, 1979 - June, 2013
Amber Marie Barnett was given to Mark & Sherry Barnett on the 20th of June, 1979. Our second-born child and our first daughter was like the “beloved” of Ecclesiastes, a dark-skinned, dark-haired beauty. We gave her in marriage to Chris Bently on the 9th of September 2001. She was taken from this life in June 2013, far too early for us. However the One who numbers our days and knows our thoughts from afar knew the right time for her to leave us.
Below are the thoughts and memories of those who loved her:
Chris Bently (husband) My sweet, my love for you will always be.
I had no joy in watching you fade into darkness away from your very own light.
Life is not just and rarely right
I am cared for now, may you be too.
We parted, but I never got to say goodbye.
You were the brightest star in the galaxies
You burned too fast for the world could not keep up
Thank you for your grace and for sharing your fire with those wise enough to grasp all you were
I know not what more could be done.
I tried, I cried, I bled and I said, “you were not strong enough to prevail”
Perhaps in your own way you did. You are at rest, without pain or judgement
You are humanity’s true testament
May you rest in peace
May you be free to roam as you desire
Full of spirit and fire
I will always love and miss you, my dear Amber. . Ruth Barnett (grandma) There are many memories of Amber during her childhood years and our times together. She was always a ray of sunshine with a loving and caring spirit. Praise God for all the precious memories that will always be treasured.
Aaron Barnett (brother) I guess I didn’t really know my sister in her life as a grown woman, I remember her as a young girl. She had easily the brightest, the biggest smile you’ve ever seen, a smile that was always present, as much as she was a presence. I remember she was a model student, one who grew into a talented and aspiring artist drawing inspiration from the world around her. Her creations were a reflection of her: beautiful, bright and unique. I remember Amber as a stong-willed, no-holds-barred girl with her whole future in front of her. I remember her on her wedding day, and how every bit of her childhood dreams culminated in that day, and I was struck by how happy she was. I can still see her smile and how it lit up the room.
I was fortunate to see her on the big holidays, and once in a while we would get together, but certainly not as much as I would have liked. The times we did get to spend together are fond memories, and will be the legacy she leaves behind. No matter, it was definitely not enough time with her. I wish I could have known her better. I wish I could have been there to help her in her darkest moment.
Arik Barnett (brother) For Amber, every day was greeted with purpose in the pursuit of a new ambition. Driven by youthful curiosity, she became a painter, writer, goldsmith, actress and more. For each new craft, she poured her whole self into its mastery. She may not have found her calling, but the world is better for it - she left behind a breadth of work, each reflecting the lives she touched and the grace she gave to them.
Abram Barnett (brother) There isn’t enough space in a dozen newspapers to adequately articulate who Amber was. So instead of describing her creativity or generosity, or effervescent personality, (with a bent toward the dramatic) I’ll relate my fondest memories of her because after all, it’s our memories that define our loved ones.
Our family was raised in the foothills of the Pinenut Mountains. We had very few neighbors, and even fewer children near us, so we relied on each other. Amber’s imagination and creativity could only be describer as gifted, and so equipped with that whimsical mind, she doggedly entertained us.
We spent hours amongst the sagebrush living as kings and queens; as swashbucklers and knights; or as scallywags and dragon slayers. She turned the rabbit brush into towering stone walls, the desert sands into high seas; and our woodshed into a monster laden dungeon. She mad our home come alive and gave us everlasting memories of a childhood well wasted on misbegotten adventures. With her leading us, every day was a new exciting journey and we’ll never forget them. You’ll be missed Amber, our princess, captain and queen.
Ashley Touchin (sister) Amber was an amazing woman full of life and energy, always looking for the next adventure, and conquering everything she did. She lived her life to the fullest. She never let anything hold her back. Growing up, she was everything a little sister could want. She always wanted me to be “fabulous” with her, and always had time to be fun and silly with me, and that is something I will never forget. I will greatly miss her.
Brady Frey and Talitha Hillman (co-workers) Amber was a well-known and much-admired Bay Area businesswoman and philanthropist whose dedication to forwarding environmental conservation and sustainable style inspired her to create her own jewelry line and promote eco-friendly fashion.
As a business woman, she helped manage the Bently Enterprises suite of businesses for years. Amber Marie was a well-known contributor to conservation causes, and served on the boards of nonprofit environmental organizations such as Global Green USA, Forest Ethics, and PRBO Conservation Science. She was also a San Francisco style icon who was often featured on the red carpet of the city’s galas, and actively promoted green fashion among San Francisco’s style leaders. She will be missed by her friends, family and former coworkers.
Amber is survived by her husband, Chris Bently; her parents, Mark and Sherry Barnett; her siblings, Aaron, Arik, Abram and Ashley; her grandparents, Ruth Barnett and Norm and Lou Short; sisters-in-law, Amber and Linda Barnett; brother-in-law, T. J. Touchin; several uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Services will be held on Saturday, August 3rd, 2013 11 a.m. at Grace Community Church, 2320 Heybourne Rd., Minden, NV.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the City of Refuge.