CHANDLER — Amber Joy Patton, 34, of Chandler and formerly of Casa Grande, was murdered on Sept. 20, 2020.
Ms. Patton was born on June 24, 1986, in St. Joseph, Michigan, and spent her early years in Stanley, Wisconsin, prior to moving to Casa Grande for elementary school. She loved soccer and played on many teams through high school and later. She was a Girl Scout in elementary and high school. She was a 2004 honors graduate of Casa Grande Union High School and attended Central Arizona College on a scholarship before enlisting in the Army, like her mother before her. After Sept. 11, 2001, she told mer mom, "I'm going to serve my country."
She served honorably from 2008 until 2010 including a year in Iraq in a designated imminent danger zone. Her military awards and decorations include: Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with campaign star, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon and Marksmanship Qualification Badge-Sharpshooter with Rifle. Upon her death she was awarded a certificate from the president of the United States honoring her service.
She was known as beautiful, intelligent, feisty and outspoken but would do anything for anyone and always lit up the room with her smile and sense of humor, even while struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder after her time in Iraq. She loved her family deeply and wanted to adopt every animal she saw and play with every child she came across. She had a fascination with wolves and was a die-hard Green Bay Packers fan. She enjoyed her cat Tigger and dog Jack. To honor her wish to find her older brother who was placed for adoption in 1980, members of Facebook are invited to join the search at: www.facebook.com/groups/2649768301905060.
She is survived by her parents, Marilyn Suchla and Ranjit Sood; a sister, Tara Jo Patton; her grandmother Chris Patton; stepsiblings; and longtime parental figures Liz Bell and John Poor. She was preceded in death by grandparents, Raymond and Mary Suchla and Bill Patton.
The memorial service will be later due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Donations may be made to help economically challenged family members travel to attend her memorial at www.gofundme.com/f/a-hero-like-no-other.
Angels in Waiting Cremation & Burial in charge of arrangements.