In Christ Alone: Our Journey through and after Breast Cancer

a 37-year old, christian, mother of four, missionary/pastor's wife and her families story

A Portrait of Grace February 16, 2017

img_1227Amy Jo (Barker) Wilmeth (37) was born May 22nd, 1979, in Chillicothe, MO, and peacefully passed into the arms of Jesus with her parents and husband by her side on January 7th, 2017, after a 6-year battle with cancer.

Amy was preceded in death by grandparents George and Mary Ellen Barker, Grandma Donna Wilson, and Eric’s Grandma Couch.

Amy is survived by her devoted husband, Eric, and their four amazing children: Faith (13), Adam (10), Ethan (8), and Asher (3); her parents David and Sheri (Wilson) Barker of Ankeny, Iowa; her brother, Mike Barker of Dallas Center, Iowa (his wife Leah and daughter Bailey); her grandpa Wendell Wilson of Wapello, Iowa; her extended family of in-laws (Larry and Linda Wilmeth, Julie and Jeff Runyan, Lori and Carl Jacobsen, Scott and Chris Wilmeth, Nancy Wilmeth, and many nieces and nephews).

Amy graduated from Indianola High School and went on to Iowa State University where she earned her Bachelors of Science in Computer Engineering.

She married her high school sweetheart on August 15th, 1998. She was his “love-a-dove”, “sweet-pea”, “wonderful”, and “mon petite chou”!

Amy loved so many things: horses, exploring castles, amusement parks, baking cakes and cooking, singing, reading, smelling roses, serving others, spending time with family, and most of all she loved her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Amy’s smile was infectious and noticed quickly by all who met her. She spread joy to others by loving them and caring for them. A more selfless person you will never meet. She was gentle, humble, and sweet. She was often thought to be quiet but that was only because she always sought to choose her words wisely; when she spoke you could be sure it would be worth listening. Despite that quiet demeanor, her wit was outstanding and always perfectly timed. She was incredibly smart, and she would decimate most people at any word games she played. Her compassion was boundless, and her heart always had room to love others more. Everyone who knew or even met Amy was a better person for the encounter. She lived life with grace, poise, and dignity. Her unwavering faith, hope, and love were grounded in the truth of the Word of God, which she loved dearly. She always sought to point others to Jesus and to glorify Him and not herself.

She will be sorely missed, but we rejoice that she is in the presence of God.

John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

A Celebration of Life service was held Saturday, Jan. 14th 2017. You can view the service by clicking here.

 

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