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Born September 14, 1978, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Amber Brooke Johns was the daughter of Carl and Dana Lynn (Biggs) Johns. Described as a sweet and quiet girl, Amber was lovingly welcomed by her older sister, Aubree, who became a built-in best friend. The two would later enjoy having a little sister, Ali, to share life with. The three of these girls grew close and remained inseparable over the years.
Raised and educated in Bartlesville, Amber played in the school band, was in color guard and was the editor of the yearbook. She also attempted soccer, basketball, and cheering, in her youth, and was in ballet for several years, along with her sister, Aubree. The family remembers many unforgettable performances of the Nutcracker with these two performing their little hearts out! Amber would graduate from Bartlesville with the Class of 1997.
Following high school, despite her consistent comment of never leaving home and going to work for her dad, at H&R Block, Amber would attend Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. There, she pledged with Tri Delta, never missing a date party or any of the mother/daughter or father/daughter events. As fate would have it, while at OSU, Amber connected with fellow student Justin Preble of Piedmont. Amber and Justin’s first date included Pizza Shuttle pizza and board games. The two quickly fell for one another and after a several months of dating, were engaged. Truth be told, Amber let Justin know that she wasn’t going back, after spring break, without being engaged. Not wanting to let her get away, Justin received Carl and Dana’s blessing and proposed. Of course, Amber said, “Yes!” Throughout their marriage, Amber and Justin had many difficult decisions to make but always made them together. They respected one another and learned how to compromise. They were a true team, never arguing, unless it was Bedlam time!
In college, Amber was both a good girl and a good student. She also enjoyed attending and cheering on her OSU Cowboy football team! More than anything, Amber loved spending time with her family and would often return home to see her parents and sisters. It was rather fitting when Justin proposed at Bartlesville’s Jo Allyn Lowe Park and their wedding, on May 20, 2000, occurred in the First Christian Church of Bartlesville. Once married, Amber and Justin would make Edmond, Oklahoma their home, as Justin’s job required. There, Amber would complete her degree at the University of Central Oklahoma. She would then begin employment with the State of Oklahoma’s Department of Human Services working first in Washington County, Oklahoma and later in Cherokee County. The Preble’s, now with son, Hayden and daughter, Hadleigh, made Bixby, Oklahoma their home in 2011. Here, she worked for Okmulgee County.
Once in Bixby, finding a church home was important to Amber and Justin. They began attending Bixby First United Methodist Church where they felt so welcomed and accepted that they made it their church home. Active members, they enjoyed helping with plug-in groups, dinners, and any celebration.
Loving, compassionate, an excellent listener and giving, Amber was excellent at her job. Her boss even commenting she was so good that she could be a little intimidating! It wasn’t uncommon, at all, for Amber to spend her own money or go through personal items to meet a need for one of her client families. These acts seemed to fit in well with Amber as, from an early age, she found satisfaction in gift giving. Indeed, Amber loved to buy for others. She also loved shopping and even planned her trips or vacations around the best places to engage in her hobby of shopping! This included plenty of trips to the beach or to Las Vegas – where she and Justin spent their honeymoon. It was at many of these outings where Justin was often left holding the bags or coming up with creative ways to get Amber’s finds home – even if that meant a trip to a UPS store before boarding their returning flight.
Returning home from most trips meant adding a magnet to the fridge of that recent destination. Closer to home, Amber enjoyed her many trips to Pawhuska and collecting all things Pioneer Woman. She was also happy to steal a little bit of time with Ladd and even had a picture as proof. A big-ticket item that Amber also enjoyed shopping for, through the years, were new cars. She was able to have several of those, along the way, as Justin always wanted her in something reliable and dependable.
Simple, thrifty, neat, clean, and a planner are other words that help to describe Amber. This loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, friend, and cat lover chose happiness and wanted those she loved to be happy too. The biggest cheerleader of her children’s activities, Amber never missed a swim meet, of Hayden’s, or a soccer game of Hadleigh’s. She truly loved being a mom. She also enjoyed spending time with her sisters taking many memorable trips together, the most recent to New York City.
Family vacations, outings, and even the simplest of days were made better with Amber. This woman of faith will be deeply missed by her loving family and friends, but they take great comfort in knowing that she is with her Savior and those family members who have gone before her.
Amber passed away unexpectedly on September 15, 2021, at the age of 43 years and 1 day.
She is survived by: her husband, Justin Preble of the home; children, Hayden and Hadleigh; father, Carl Johns and wife, Harriet of Bartlesville; father-in-law, Joe Earnest Preble and wife, Debbie of Piedmont; sisters, Aubree Southern and husband, Joe of Bixby; Ali Hawley and husband, Reid of Tulsa; sisters-in-law, Jamie Erin Shelton and Darin Grassmann of Piedmont, Amber Meiwes and husband, Steven of Piedmont; nieces and nephews, Gavin and Grayce Southern, Blake Shelton, Mackenzie Shelton, Morgan and Bailey Meiwes; along with a host of other relatives and many friends.
Amber was preceded in death by her mom, Dana Johns (2010); and mother-in-law, Sheree Preble (2002).
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