Formerly of Halfway, 1974-2019
Amber (Spencer) Baskett, 44, formerly of Halfway, died on June 20, 2019, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Fruitland, Idaho.
A memorial service and celebration of Amber’s life will take place Saturday, June 29 at 11 a.m. at the Pine Valley Grange in Halfway. Friends are invited to join the family for a potluck reception immediately following the service, which will also be at the grange.
Amber Kay was born on Nov. 22, 1974, at Everett, Washington, to Ray and Cathy Spencer. She attended Mare Island Elementary at Mare Island, California, and Vallejo Junion High School, also in California. Amber’s father, Ray, was in the U.S. Navy and they moved quite often which also included, Belfair, Washington, El Cajon, California, and Portland. The family eventually moved to Halfway after Ray’s retirement in 1989. Amber graduated from Pine-Eagle High School in 1992. She continued her education at Treasure Valley Community College and graduated with a degree as a legal secretary. For several years, she worked at the Argus Observer newspaper in Ontario.
Amber met Tim Baskett in Payette, Idaho, in May of 2000. She married Tim at Halfway at her parent’s home on Sept. 29, 2001, and they had two children. They made their first home at Ontario, later moving to Payette. In 2007 Amber went to work with Truckstop.com in Enterprise doing account analytics and billing.
As a family they liked everything outdoors which included fishing and taking trips to McCall, Idaho, to enjoy the lake. The family had just returned home in these last couple of weeks, after taking a trip to the Oregon Coast. They walked on the beach, saved some sand, had fun and made memories. Amber was very interested in marine biology and enjoyed all there was to see.
Amber loved quilting and crocheting, counted cross stitch and had taken up an interest in painting. She took lots of quilting classes and participated in several quilt shop hops. Amber made many beautiful things, which will be forever treasured.
Above all, Amber loved being a wife and a mother. Amber was always willing and able to do anything she put her mind to. She always had a smile to share. She will be missed more than words can say.
Amber is survived by her husband, Tim; her children, Savannah and Spencer; her parents, Ray and Cathy Spencer of Halfway; her sister, Candi, and her husband, John Prince, her nephew, Christopher Prince, and her great-nephew, Trevor Prince, all of Baker City.
She was preceded in death by both sets of grandparents, Jack and Bunny English, and Ray and Verele Spencer; and her nephew, Johnathon Prince.
For those who would like to make a donation in memory of Amber, the family suggests Creating Memories through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home & Cremation Services, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834. Online condolences may be made at www.tamispinevalleyfuneralhome.com