Funeral services for Amber Burris, 34, daughter of Diane Botner, of Las Vegas, Nev., formerly of Watford City, N.D. were held at 10:00 a.m., on Friday, July 19, 2013, at the First Lutheran Church in Watford City, with Pastor Rob Favorite officiating. Casketbearers were Marty Knutson, Beau Wisness, Milo Wisness, Cornell Wollan, Craig Sorenson, and Gary Sorenson. Ushers were Gary Knutson and Mark Knutson. Interment was in the Trinity Cemetery, Watford City, N.D.
Amber Dawn was born on June 7, 1979, in Longmont, Colo., to Kirby and Diane (Botner) Burris. She grew up and attended schools in the Denver area. Amber moved to Las Vegas, Nev., in 2000 with her mother, Diane, and grandma, Junice. While growing up, Amber spent many hours with her grandma and grandpa, Junice and Bennie Botner. She was the “apple of their eye.” She enjoyed spending summers in North Dakota with her family, Don, Sandi, and Kim Sivertson. Amber loved the ride from Minot on “the New Town” bus.
She loved her family, friends, dogs, and cats. Amber was a lover of music and dancing. She was very devoted to her mother and grandmother. Amber became a godmother to Kayley Dawn Sivertson Neukam in 1998. It was one of her favorite roles in life. She and Kayley always shared a love of fashion and movies.
Amber’s work in timeshare was like no others. Her talents were immeasurable and she loved her job. It was always her mission to help others in getting a job in timeshare and to help them to succeed. Amber always wanted the best for everyone. Amber was so proud of her North Dakota family. She loved to share stories about North Dakota and all of her mother’s friends. She helped people in any way possible and was a very compassionate person. She also was worried about other people’s needs over her own.
Amber was baptized at Clear Creek Lutheran Church, Keene, N.D. and was a member of Canyon Ridge Church, Las Vegas, Nev. Amber loved cooking, Halloween and Christmas holidays. She loved to be on Facebook so she could keep in contact with everyone. Amber was very outgoing and she always wanted to get people together. A celebration of her life was held on Sunday, July 14, 2013, in Denver, Colo.
Amber Dawn Burris entered God’s circle of eternal peace and love on Tuesday, July 9, 2013, at the Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas, Nev., of ovarian cancer.
She is survived by her mother, Diane Botner, Las Vegas, Nev.; her aunt and uncle, Sandi and Don Sivertson, Watford City, N.D.; her cousins, Kim Sivertson, Kayley and Austin Neukam; her special friend, Ann Skorka and Alex Rios, Las Vegas, Nev.; and all of her animals, George, Jane, Susie, Bella, Danny, and Princess the cat, as well as many, many, friends and relatives.
Mary McDowell and Laura Hawkins flew from Seattle to be with Amber before she died. Amber called Cindy Meyers, Joyce and Virginia to be with her mom during this difficult time.
She was preceded in death by: her father, Kirby Burris, grandma and grandpa, Junice and Bennie Botner.
Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at www.fulkersons.com.