We’ve been in a storm it seems like forever. For the last 38 days before her death, Mom tried to ride out the
storm at the Hazard ARH Hospital. We saw her suffer greatly, but finally on May 20, 2002 at 7:00 pm, God
reached out his hand and took her home.
She was born into the family of Millard and Toni Seals, being one of fourteen children. Five brothers and three
sisters preceded her in death.
On December 10, 1938, Mom married Wiley Amburgey and to this union was born 8 children, 4 boys and 4
girls. The oldest girl, Jewell Fieds has already gone on. Those remaining are Cornell Amburgey, Charlotte
Banks, Sue Banks, Wiley Amburgey Jr., James Amburgey, Deborah Huff, and Joey Amburgey. Her family grew
to include 29 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren, and 5 great great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death
by dad, one daughter, Jewell, and one grandchild, Lisa Banks. God blessed them with many happy years
together, but since Dad died she hadn’t been quite the same. She missed his so much. I told her at the hospital
that I had the greatest mother that ever lived. She just shook her head and said, “I’ve got the greatest kids.”
I think it’s a little coincidental that Mom and Dad both left this world around 7:00 in the evening. The #7 in the
Bible represents completeness, but Mom wouldn’t think everything was complete until all the family makes it to
Mom loved for us to come visit her. She said it helped pass the time. After Dad died, one of her favorite ways
of passing time was to sit at the kitchen table and look out of the window. She liked to watch the grandkids play
and to know that everyone had returned home safely. I feel she is now sitting at a table prepared by God and
watching our Heaven’s window, waiting for all her family to come to the safety of God’s heavenly home.
Mom joined the Reynolds Fork Old Regular Baptist Church in 1962. She appreciated what God had done for
her and often raised her hands praising Jesus Christ. She prayed many prayers for her children and desired that
all her family would be saved and reach the safety of that heavenly home.
Written by Grace’s Son, Wiley Amburgey Jr.