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Amber DesRoches

Amber Rose DesRoches, 15, Bismarck, passed away Dec. 8, 2007, at a local hospital after battling leukemia for four years. The Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2007, at Church of Corpus Christi, 1919 North Sec...

Amber Rose DesRoches, 15, Bismarck, passed away Dec. 8, 2007, at a local hospital after battling leukemia for four years.

The Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2007, at Church of Corpus Christi, 1919 North Second Street, Bismarck. Burial will be at St. Mary's Cemetery, Richardton, at 3 p.m. CST.

Visitation will be held from 12-5 p.m. on Wednesday at Parkway Funeral Service and from 6-9 p.m. at Church of Corpus Christi where a prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue on Thursday one hour prior to the service at the church.

Amber was born on Dec. 3, 1992, in Omaha, Neb., the daughter of John and Pam (Renner) DesRoches. She attended St. Robert's Parochial School in Omaha. She and her family moved to Bismarck in 1999. In Bismarck Amber attended Centennial Elementary and Horizon Middle School. Amber participated in Girl Scouts, gymnastics, soccer and dance, and was a member of Church of Corpus Christi.

Amber's caring nature was evident at an early age. In kindergarten she seemed to attract children in need of a special friend. She was always concerned about others, especially other sick children, even when she was ill herself. She looked at her illness as an opportunity to reach out to others in need. Amber brought out the best in other people.

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She will be dearly missed by her loving parents, John and Pam, and her sister, Molly. She is also survived by her grandparents, Rose Renner and Lorraine and Robert DesRoches.

Other family members include Beverly and Daryl Coulthart; Bess, Jim, Katie, Carolyn and Steven Deutsch; Barbara, Juan, Roberto and Amalia Gelpi; Eugene, Mary, Doug, Wendy, Stephanie and Will Renner; Pat, Flo, Channing, Chelsea and Chase Renner; Joan Renner; and Michael, Cindy, Kaitlyn and Kirsta Renner.

Amber was preceded in death by her grandfather, Bill Renner, and her aunt, Melissa Renner.

Amber's family would like to express their sincere gratitude for the heartfelt care given by Dr. Serabe, the nurses and others at the MedCenter One Children's Hospital.

The family prefers memorials to Children's Cancer Research Fund, 7801 East Bush Lake Road, Suite 130, Minneapolis, Minn., 55439-3152; Make-a-Wish Foundation of North Dakota, 1102 43rd Street South, Suite E, Fargo, N.D. 58103-2099; or Medcenter One Pediatric Oncology Fund, 300 North Seventh Street, Bismarck, N.D. 58501.

Go to www.parkwayfuneral.com to share memories of Amber and to sign the online guestbook.

(Parkway Funeral Service)

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