We need to believe that our loved ones never truly leave us. They live on in the kindness they showed, the comfort they shared, and the love they brought into our lives. One such bright spot has left this place a better place because of the bright light she was.

Amanda was born here in Central Oregon. She attended school here in Sisters; kindergarten through high school. She graduated in 2003 and started her independence. She lived for a time in Bend, Portland, and Seattle, before returning again to Bend. She worked hard and had attended a local beauty school, with only a couple of classes remaining to complete. In recent years she had developed a fondness for bird hunting and was becoming quite proficient at tromping around swamps and other bird habitat to hunt. Also becoming quite a cook with her hunting bounty.

Amanda leaves behind her daughter, Lillian Mae Stahlberg of Boise; her sister, Sara Krake of Bend; her parents, Jeff and Denise Kessel of Sisters; her many cousins and extended family from around the state, plus an overwhelming community of friends who will all miss her greatly.

A celebration of life will be held Sunday, May 19 at 1 p.m. at 10 Barrel Brewing Co. - Eastside located at 62950 NE 18th St., Bend. Please see www.gofundme.com/amanda-kessel-memorial-fund for additional details, pictures, and comments.