Amber Waters Howell is a young woman that will remain with me forever. I became well and truly acquainted with Amber while staying with her and her sister, Lo, when their parents, Jim and Carol, went from NAS Sigonella, Sicily, to Mt Pleasant, Michigan, to buy a house before their move when Jim retired from the US Navy. The Waters family lived on the base where teenagers could safely come and go between friend's houses after school until sundown. Lo and I might be reading, watching TV or chatting when into the house burst a gaggle of giggling teenage girls...Amber and a dozen friends! They would all tell us something very exciting(talking all at once, of course!) then they'd vanish as quickly as they had appeared. That could occur many times over an evening, and often did. At the close of the day, after I thought Lo was tucked in for the night, I'd go chat with Amber who was already in bed reading( no cell phones yet) . That first night she truly shocked me by turning a small nearby fan toward herself! What is this ? Amber agreed that it was not hot in the house she simply like the whirring sound of that fan when she was falling asleep. A lifetime Amber specialty! That very fun week flew past , as did the many years in between then and my last most wonderful memory of Amber at Lo's wedding, September 22,2018. During the evening Dan and Amber quietly managed their young sons with what can only be described as an abundance of TLC. It is well known how much those boys were adored by their mother but my husband and I witnessed the true measure of a young mother's love come full circle when Abel , who at four years was the tiny flower boy, turned from the altar to face his mother, who was sitting nearby us, and mouthed I LOVE YOU MOMMY. We heard her whisper I LOVE YOU, TOO, ABEL, now please turn around. And he did with so with a smile. Amber will be terribly missed by her many friends and extended family members but even more so by her immediate family, her husband and their sons, PJ and Abel. She can never be replaced. We are all devastated and heart broken that she has left our presence forever.
Tereasa Lee Morley