Family, friends and colleagues of Western Wyoming Community College Children’s Center Director Amber Grace Hamblin will gather at the WWCC Theatre on Wednesday, March 16, at 1 p.m. to celebrate Amber’s life and honor the special place she held in the hearts of her co-workers, her students, and all who knew her.
Amber, 32, of Rock Springs, passed away March 10 following a sudden illness. She had joined Western as Children’s Center Director in Spring 2014.
Friends may call at the WWCC Theatre on Wednesday one hour prior to the Celebration of Life that will be held at 1 p.m. Condolences may be left at www.vasefuneralhomes.com or may be attached to Amber’s obituary at http://ow.ly/Zu0rb.
Amber was a longtime Green River resident, a Green River High School graduate, and a Western alumnus. After completing her associate’s degree here in 2001, she earned her bachelor’s degree in early childhood special education from Boise State University. Amber was pursuing a graduate degree through the University of Phoenix at the time of her passing.
Vice President for Student Success Services Jackie Freeze, Ph.D., noted Amber’s professionalism as well as her genuine affection for the students in the Center’s care and for the employees who were integral to its longstanding success.
“Amber was a dedicated childcare expert who loved the children and worked hard to create an excellent learning environment for them,” Jackie said. “She was instrumental in bringing evening childcare back to the Center and the College. She was a caring mom and an involved community member who had tremendous potential that will never be realized. We will miss her.”
Amber made a positive impact on many of her colleagues at Western, including those whose work did not relate to the Children’s Center. Mustang Athletic Director Lu Sweet said that Amber’s very presence in a room could brighten any meeting or make anyone’s day better.
“Amber truly loved people. I always felt better even after she just walked into the room and smiled that super magic smile of hers,” Lu said. “She was always smiling, and it was contagious. When she smiled at you, your day got even better. She was so supportive of people, believing in them, encouraging and inspiring them. Not having the chance to say goodbye is hard. She truly made a difference to everyone she came in contact with. I am proud to have called her friend.”
Western extends deepest condolences to Amber’s family, friends and colleagues during this difficult time.