Amber LaVonne Owens McCall, age 78, lifelong resident of Waterford, died Monday, July 7, 2014 at Presque Isle Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Erie after a long illness. Born in Waterford on October 8, 1935, she was one of seven children of the late Everett and Caroline Lindsley Owens. She married Ronald L. McCall on August 22, 1953 and he survives.

McCall, Amber LaVonne OwensA loving wife and a great mother and grandmother; fun-loving with an infectious laugh and a great sense of humor– this is how Amber will be remembered by her family. She loved to crochet and quilt and belonged to a crochet club and the Waterford Colonial Quilters. She enjoyed playing cards, bowling, square dancing, playing golf, and spending time with her family.

Amber retired in 2001 as the secretary of the Waterford Municipal Authority after ten years of service. She was an active member of Asbury United Methodist Church and played in the bell choir and was involved with the United Methodist Women. Amber also served as a local election official.

Family members include four siblings who are deceased: two sisters, Juanita Williams and Meredith Lockwood, and two brothers, Darrell Owens and Dale “Ike” Owens.

Surviving family members in addition to her husband Ron include: four children, Dawn Casey and husband John of Voorhees, NJ, April White and husband Gary of Waterford, Julie See and husband Ed of Titusville, and Jay McCall and wife Heather of Summit Township; eight grandchildren, Jillian, Katie, Amber, Andrew, Abby, Katelyn, Joshua, and Julia; two sisters, Beverly “Babe” Brace and husband Robert of Waterford, and Mona Kelly of Chicago, IL; a sister-in-law, Dolly Owens of Waterford; and many nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be at Van Matre Funeral Home, 105 Walnut Street, Waterford on Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. The funeral service will take place at Asbury United Methodist Church, West 2nd Street, Waterford on Friday, July 11, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Gary Donaldson officiating. Burial will follow at Waterford Cemetery.

The McCall family would like to express thanks to the caregivers at Presque Isle Nursing Center for their loving care, and to family and friends for all their support during this difficult journey.

Memorial gifts may be made to Asbury United Methodist Church.