She was born Jan. 29, 1956, in Anchorage, Alaska, to Hugh Don and Shirley (Pagano) Crawford who preceded her death.
Amber grew up in Carthage, Mo., and later moved to Pittsburg. She graduated from Carthage High School in 1974. She attended Pittsburg State University and majored in theater. She worked and was active in the PSU Theater Department and the Pittsburg Community Theater in the mid-to-late 1970s.
She owned and operated her own floral business, The Window Box, in the early '80s. She worked alongside her husband, Tom Kirkland, at Kirkland Welding Supplies Inc. for 25 years. She was an active member of the All Saints Anglican Church since 2005.
Amber is survived by her husband, Tom Kirkland; daughter, Cara Burnidge; step-daughters, Kimber Vietti, Amber Pistole, and Caitlin Kirkland and two son-in-laws, Sean Pistole and Johnny Vietti; two grandchildren, Elyse and Charley Grace Pistole; and seven brothers and sisters: Dawn Murrell, Hugh Crawford, Mary Holman, Stuart Crawford, John Crawford, Greg Crawford, and Jeff Crawford.
She is also survived by sixteen nieces and nephews and 14 great-nieces and nephews whose lives she influenced considerably. She will be missed by countless others who witnessed her kindness, generosity, and strength.
A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 19, at the All Saints Anglican Church in Chicopee with Martin Dickinson officiating.
The family will receive friends from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Brenner Mortuary, where friends may call after 10 a.m. to sign the register. All Saints Anglican Church is located at the Chicopee Foundation, 403 S. Pesavento Ave., Pittsburg, Kan., 66762.
Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of her life at Brenner Mortuary on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., where friends may call after 10 a.m. to sign the register.
The family suggests memorials be given to the Freeman Cancer Institute or the Via Christi Cancer Institute via the Freeman Foundation and Mt. Carmel Foundation, respectively. These may be left at or mailed to Brenner Mortuary 114 E. Fourth St., Pittsburg, Kan., 66762.
Friends may leave condolences online at www.brennermortuary.com. Arrangements are under the direction of the Brenner Mortuary, Pittsburg, Kan.