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Amber Kay Most, age 36, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on April 22, 2023 after a courageous year and half battle with cancer. Amber was born on September 5, 1986 in Rockford, the daughter of Scott and Teri (Long) Schultz. Amber worked hard in school and graduated early in 2004 from Oregon High School and then attended Western Illinois University where she earned her Bachelor degree. After graduation, Amber started teaching at Kishwaukee Community College and then decided to pivot to working as a Juvenile Probation Officer for Winnebago County. She had the honor of being a long term substitute teacher for Oregon Elementary School. Amber married the love of her life, Kevin Most on June 23, 2012 and together they had a beautiful daughter, Addison. Once Addi was born, she was Amber’s entire world. Family was always important to her. She truly believed that it did not matter what she was doing as long as she was doing it with her family. She loved taking Addi on trips to the Kalahari Resort or just taking her to the park to watch her play. Amber loved seeing every day as series of special moments and she captured those moments in photographs. She took thousands of photos so the memories would be tangible and lasting. She believed in instilling the values of being kind and respectful to everyone. She didn’t just teach her daughter this with words, but by her actions and showing those values to everyone she met. Amber was someone who gave her all to any relationship in her life and that allowed her to have an amazing friend group that became like family, especially her five amazing “sisters”. In her spare time; she enjoyed reading, camping, and watching movies. Amber and her family have been filled with gratitude for everyone in the community who supported them in a myriad of ways as they walked this journey.
She is survived and missed by her husband, Kevin Most of Oregon; her daughter, Addison Most of Oregon; parents, Scott and Teri Schultz of Oregon; parents-in-law, David and Cathy Most of Beecher, IL; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. She is preceded in death by her grandparents, Jerry and Linda Long and Mary Lou Mead. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Memorials are established in her name.
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