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Amber (Ward) Hill

Amber Beth Hill, 70 of Ithaca, went to be with her Lord on November 9, 2018 at home surrounded by her family and loving husband, Gary Hill. She was born on July 28, 1948 to William A. and Lorraine Ward in Nahma, MI.

Amber received her GED from Ithaca High School and continued her education at MJ Murphy Beauty School in Alma. She proudly owned and operated, along with her husband, Gary & Ambers Hairstyling in downtown Ithaca.

She married Gary Hill on November 24, 1971 and they raised six children together and fostered nearly 25 children.

Amber was an active member of the Ithaca community, including her time with the Jaycees Auxiliary, Ithaca marching band/color guard and Church of God. She opened her home to many family and friends over the years. She loved going to the U.P. and staying at her childhood home in Garden. She enjoyed auctions, thrift store shopping, card playing and going to Chuck E Cheese’s with her grandchildren to play skee ball and the claw game (which she was a master). If you didn’t see Amber volunteering at the church, playing cards or shopping, she could be found with a cup of coffee reading her Woman’s World magazine, Danielle Steele novel or spending time on her computer. She self taught herself to play the piano and played for her local church when she was a child and first discovered her love for Jesus.

Amber is survived by her husband, Gary, children Ward Osterhout (Traci), Melinda (Michael) Kosnik and Patricia (Brent) Hinz; step-children, Lori (Peter) McKenzie, Mary (Craig) Gritzmaker and Heidi (Robert) Dee; 17 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and siblings Montgomery Ward, Pete Ward, DeAnna Tatrow, Mary Lynn LaLonde, Sonja Ward and Linda Cota. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lorraine and Bill; and siblings, William Ward Jr., Faye Allen, Norma Holub, Krystal Hardwick, Mark Ward, Bernard Barney and Gail Ward.

Visitations will be Tuesday, November 13 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Barden Funeral Home in Ithaca. Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, November 14 at the Church of God in Ithaca at 10 a.m. with Pastor Tom Whitesel officiating. Interment will follow at Ithaca Cemetery.A memorial service will be held in Garden, MI spring, 2019. Memorials may be made to the Ithaca Senior Center or Ithaca Church of God (kitchen fund). 

Condolences may be left for the family online at

Reader Comments (25)

Bruce and I send our deepest sympathy to Tricia and her family. Our prayers are with you and this difficult time.
November 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterBruce and Luana Hinz
Amber was such an inspiration! She thought of and carried out so many acts of kindness each day. The Seniors at the Senior Activity Building benefited each time Amber arrived for cards with her generous supply of chocolate and her positive attitude of caring for others. To Gary and all of Amber's Loved Ones--we send our thoughts of comfort and healing. May God Bless you.
Hugs, Jo Jones and all of the Seniors
November 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJo Jones
Love and prayers to Gary and all the family. Amber put up a long battle but is now at peace. I have a lot of fond memories of times in Ithaca and in the UP with the family. Love Diane
November 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterDiane Barney
Amber was one of the most kindest and loving persons I've ever known. Proud to call her one of my dearest friends..Classmate from years ago. She brought so much joy to my life. Always opening her home and love to everyone. I will miss you my dear friend
November 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterBetty Herman
Our thoughts & prayers are with you & your family Gary
Love & Prayers,
Sam & Linda Maxwell
November 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSam & Linda Maxwell
We are so sorry to of Amber’s passing. She was the nicest lady. She was always so kind and could always make you laugh. She will be missed by so many. Our condolences and prayers for all of her family.

Stephanie & Kevin Howes
November 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie Howes
So sorry for the loss of such a wonderful person as she was. She will surely be missed by so many.
November 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterPenny Powis
Amber was such a loving, kind hearted person. She gave so much of herself to others. Prayers to Gary and family during this difficult time. She is flying high with the angels.
November 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMelinda Fowler
Hi my name its Danielle I would just like to say I will miss u very very much auntie am I will a ways live u thank u for everything u have did for me and my kids . we love u very much and miss u alot till I see u again love u.
November 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterDanielle cota
Gary and family, I am so deeply sorry to hear about Amber, a favorite patient in our office for many years anytime I happened to run into her, we always had a nice visit. She will be missed by so many. (Jan from the old Ithaca Family Practice)
November 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJanice Naumes
I worked with Amber for awhile at wingets Market. A very nice person. I know God has you with him.
November 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterGarry Ebright
Dear Gary and Family, Please accept my deepest sympathy on
the passing of your wife, Amber. We sing in church that "When one has a heartache, we all shed a tear," and that's because we all are a part of the family of God. As you go thru this heartache, please know we are there with you and God is in the center.
Love from your classmate of 1960 Evie Yelsik Corder
November 11, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterEvelyn Corder
I will miss you forever my friend! My love and condolences to your
November 11, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJoAnne Steiner
Our heartfelt condolences to Amber's family on the loss of a wonderful person and a kind and thoughtful member of the community.
November 11, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterFred and Lois Howes
What a beautiful tribute to your mom Melinda, & family. We were blessed knowing her & her generous, sharing heart & sweet smile will be missed so much at Garden Christian Fellowship. Our love to Gary & each of you as you mourn her loss. Diane & Bob Velthouse
November 11, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterDiane Velthouse
Ward and Jamie. So sorry to learn of the passing of your mother and grandmother. You all will be remembered in our thoughts and prayers
November 11, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJohn & Linda Bialy
So sorry to hear of Amber's death. God is with you and your family. Gary, keep the faith. Prayers.
November 11, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterBeth
I am heartbroken to hear of the loss of my dear sweet friend Amber. I am praying for the family and friends as everyone grieves her loss. Amber was a wonderful friend that thought of others even in her time of being sick, she still put others needs above her own. Its only goodbye for now until we meet again! Much Love!
Psalm 34:18 “The Lord is close to the broken hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
November 11, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterYvonne Harris
Psalm 46:1-2
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea.

Sending prayers, love, and peace to you and your family.
November 12, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJanet, Jesse, & Jada
To Amber's family and my dear friends Tricia & Melinda,
May God wrap his arms around you all and lift you up. May he provide strength & peace in your hearts. May your mom rest and be in peace. Always know that your mom is always with you. I am forever grateful to her for having such beautiful caring daughters.
All my Love- Kelly Walworth SECR
November 12, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterKelly Walworth
Gary and family-our deepest sympathy in the loss of Amber. She was so friendly and kind to everyone she knew. Our thoughts and prayers will be with all of you in the days ahead. Take care-Terry & Karen Nestle
November 12, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterTerry & Karen Nestle
Gary and Family Love and prayers from Pat and your Church family in Garden
November 12, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterPat Rasmussen
Gary and family, I'm Sending my love, prayers and hugs to you all as you go through this most difficult time. We all know what an impact she has had on so many lives. Tons! Thanks for sharing her with us
She was loved! I'm keeping this short and sweet because we all know she would wonder what the fuss is all about! Peace be with you all.
November 13, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer Giannunzio
I am so very sorry to hear of Amber's passing. I knew as a child when her family lived in Bergland. We reconnected a few years back. We had a very nice visit. May God be with her family.
November 15, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterNaomi Pelto Haycock
I am sorry for your family’s loss of Amber. May the “God of all comfort” embrace you and bring to your minds joyful memories.
(2 Corinthians 1:3,4) I wish the best for your family at this difficult time, take care.
November 21, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterBabe Quintrall

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