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Amber  Woodside

Amber Corinna Woodside

Sunday, September 18th, 1994 - Wednesday, September 30th, 2020
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Obituary

Amber C. Woodside of Wilmington, Delaware passed away on September 30, 2020. Another victim of a heroin/fentanyl overdose.
She was born in Wilmington, September 18, 1994 and was 26. She struggled with addiction for several years and had just been released from Meadowood Hospital when this sudden tragedy occurred. She sincerely wanted to overcome this terrible disease and once again live a happy and productive life.

Returning to the University of Delaware and completing her degree had been her greatest ambition. She was a beautiful woman who had a very inquisitive mind and loved to read. She had strong opinions on a wide range of topics which included environmental issues and politics. She loved art; drawing was a favorite pastime as was music that she was constantly listening to. Amber was a kind and empathetic person who hated to see others mistreated. She loved animals and once had a pet pig along with a rabbit and dogs. It seemed she always wanted to do things outside. She had spent most of this past summer in Annapolis, Maryland where she enjoyed the beach and swimming. She was not shy, liked to engage others in conversation, loved to laugh and could be the life of the party.

She graduated from Conrad Schools of Science in 2013 and then attended the University of Delaware. She was interested in psychology and someday counseling others with addiction and behavioral problems.

Amber is survived by her father, Thomas Woodside and brother Jordan Woodside of Wilmington, Delaware. Her mother, Kera Dotson of Berlin, Maryland, and her brothers, Robert and Cory Patton of Middletown, Delaware.

She had a wonderful personality and a big heart and will be missed by many. I loved her dearly. There are no words to describe the magnitude of her loss.

A grieving father,
Tom Woodside
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, October 12th, 2020 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    When
    Monday, October 12th, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Location
    Krienen-Griffith Funeral Home
    Address
    1400 Kirkwood Hwy.
    WILMINGTON, DE 19805
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  • Service

    Monday, October 12th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    When
    Monday, October 12th, 2020 1:00pm
    Location
    Krienen-Griffith Funeral Home
    Address
    1400 Kirkwood Hwy.
    WILMINGTON, DE 19805
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email

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Matthew Stahl

Posted at 05:26pm
Amber and I first met in Mrs. Pearl's class in first grade. We were both only six, but she always seemed different. She was always outspoken, and very clever. No one really wanted to get on her bad side because she had such a quick wit and a solid handle of the English language. We were two of the kids that would sort of hold court during recess, deciding what games we'd play. I vividly remember we'd play Sharks and Minnows and roll down the big hill until we got dizzy. We were were really good friends until she moved to another school in 4th grade. I always was sad that, even though we were friends and always talked at school, that we didn't talk even more. I was so happy in ninth grade to find out that Amber had also come to Conrad. She was still so sharp, but she had matured so much in such a short time, and at such a young age. As someone who was always told how smart they were, I was humbled whenever I had intellectual conversations with her. And her banter was better than anyone I have ever met. When she was feeling social and energized it was so hard to keep up with her, but it was so much fun just to be around her. In our senior year we were two of around ten students who signed up for a class called "AP study hall" or some such name. It was basically spending the first two hours of the morning shooting the breeze and yucking it up on the library's second floor loft. Again, so many great conversations about anything you can think of, and again, she was always at the vanguard of the conversation. She never seemed to be at a loss. She had also become so thoughtful and compassionate over our high school years. It was amazing seeing how much she grew. After we all graduated I realized that being forcibly cooped up with these people I called my friends was a true privilege, and that I would miss having all day to talk to and share moments with them. Most of all I regretted not spending enough time with Amber, such a beautiful young woman with so much to give. I've just learned that she has passed on from this mortal coil and I am completely heartbroken. She never had an easy life, but everything about her was just so stimulating, and vibrant, and alive. I'm going to miss her so much, and I once again regret not spending more time with her. I know I'll see her again in the infinite astral seas. I know I'm going to have to maintain my wits somehow though, because I'm sure the next time I see her, she'll be sharper than ever.
Until We Meet Again, Your Friend,
Matt
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Debbie Blanco

Posted at 01:51am
My deepest sympathies to the Woodside family. Addiction is a cunning, baffling, and powerful disease that has no boundaries.
Amber was my student in eleventh grade English class. She was intelligent, spirited, and very firm in her opinions. She loved to read and write. I loved the way she interpreted literature. I will remember Amber as a unique, beautiful young lady. The world has lost a special soul.
Debbie Blanco
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Marge Parks

Posted at 10:23am
My deepest condolences to you, Tom, and your entire family for the tragic loss of your beautiful daughter, Amber.
Sincerely,
Marge Parks
Newark, DE
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Yamelis Montes

Posted at 11:51am
When Amber first came to Conrad me and her were as thick as thieves! We always said it was love at first sight lol! She had the most LIVELY personality! Always smiles whenever she was around. She was a beautiful soul and so freaking BRIGHT! I wish we stayed as close as we were in the beginning but every time we met up it was always still a good vibe... she’s going to be missed just because she was her.. RIP Amber, all I know is that you’re in a place bright enough to fit your light.
JD

Janet Dean

Posted at 09:52am
I was Amber's librarian at Conrad, and the library was one of her favorite places in the school. I can't tell you how heartbroken I am at this tragic loss. Janet Dean, Conrad Schools of Science
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