Obituary of Amber Jarrett
Amber passed away unexpectedly, in Boise, Idaho on the 31st of August.
She grew up on a farm in Kuna, Idaho. Amber attended Kuna schools up until age 15, then she moved to Meridian where she attended Meridian High School. At age 18, Amber moved to Salt Lake City for a job offer. Amber also lived in West Valley, UT. She moved back to Boise, four years ago, for breast cancer surgery.
At the University of Utah, Amber studied Speech Communication: Argumentation & Conflict. In 1991. She earned her paramedics designation at Weber State University's Paramedics Program.
On August 19, 1996, she married Peter Inwood, in New Zealand where he was living. They moved back to Utah and were married for 13 years before divorcing.
Amber worked at Sun Valley Waterbeds, in Salt Lake City for a number of years, where she was a top sells person. She left to begin paramedics training.
She was a paramedic, at Gold Cross Ambulance Service for several years, where she single-handedly worked to implement a union which was badly needed at the time. She was then fired for her efforts.
Amber worked next as a HIV/Std Outreach Worker for AmeriCorps which later led to a job as a HIV Health Investigator for the Salt Lake Valley Health Dept.
She organized and monitored a much needed Hepatitis C Support Group for a number of years. Amber was a walking encyclopedia on Hep C, and was even asked to speak about Hep C at one of the medical conferences.
Amber was always ready and willing to help anyone in distress. It was definitely her life's calling. "She saved my life," has been a consistent message since her passing.
Amber has described herself as a breast cancer fighter, eclectic, passionate, fun-loving, critical thinker, and perspicacious. (Adj: having a ready insight into and understanding of things.)
I would add intelligent, sensitive, kind, generous, hand-working, talented, and creative. She took years of dancing lessons for tap, ballet, and toe. She played the piano and clarinet. She was our resident medical expert and seemed to know everything about medicine. She loved her birds, her ferret, her dog, and her rat, but she especially loved her cats. She found, rescued, and loved numerous stray cats. If heaven is all it is supposed to be, Amber and her angel kitties are now together again.
'If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.' Henry David Thoreau
Amber, helped so many people before she left, but she wasn't able to help herself. You will always be loved and missed. Gone too soon!
There will be a potluck and memorial for Amber with time, date, and location to be determined which will be posted on this site, and on her Facebook page.