Amy Rebecca Wetmore Buckley was born on March 13, 1986, in Camp Springs, Maryland, the daughter of Christopher and Mary Jane Wetmore. She tragically died November 17, 2016, in Stafford, VA. Growing up in a military family, Amy and her sister, Sarah, grew up in various places, including her favorite location, Ramstein Air Base, Germany. Amy graduated from Stafford High School in 2004 and then attended BYU-Idaho in Rexburg, graduating with a degree in Biology in 2008.
It was at BYU-Idaho that she met the love of her life, Lance Buckley. They were married on May 26, 2007, in the Washington DC Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They had two beautiful daughters that Amy lived for and adored, Claire (5) and Abigail (1½).
Amy was a beautiful child who loved animals, had a great imagination, and fell in love with dolphins from the first time she went to Sea World. She was funny and precocious and adored by her parents. She was also a dedicated student who enjoyed learning throughout her life, both in and out of the classroom.
Amy was recognized for her bright smile, long and beautiful wavy, auburn hair; and her excellent taste in jewelry and fashion. She loved being with her family more than anything and lived her life for them. She adored her sweet little daughters and always planned fun and happy things to do with them.
She was talented and extremely creative, and could often be found making crafts and sewing for her daughters. She had a special talent for creating and making things beautiful. She loved to bake and try new recipes and was always eager to share them with those she loved. Amy enjoyed running and staying active, especially when she could do it with her friends and family. Amy was also very organized; she liked to keep detailed lists of everything. In addition, Amy was her family's self-appointed historian. She worked diligently to ensure that every special occasion and milestone was remembered and recorded. She also enjoyed working on family history.
Amy loved the sea and always dreamed of working with dolphins someday. One of her favorite places to volunteer was the National Zoo. She was happy to talk to anyone about the animals she worked with and the things she learned. She had a special place in her heart for all of God’s creations.
Together, Amy and Lance enjoyed weekend excursions as a way to get closer to each other and to nature. They especially loved the national parks and historical sites and tried to pass on that love to their daughters. They were both great photographers and kept a picture log of all they did.
Amy was a true and devout member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, with a strong, fervent testimony of its teachings. She especially loved her Heavenly Father and her Savior, Jesus Christ. She will be missed so very much.
Amy is survived by her parents, Christopher and Mary Jane Wetmore; her sister, Sarah Wetmore; grandparents, Anthony and Elsie Wetmore; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins who loved her dearly. She will be forever missed. In addition, she leaves behind her beloved little Shih Tzu, Sergeant Pepper.
Her parents and in-laws are heartbroken but have been overwhelmed with the love and support that have been shown to them and all the family. The visits, the cards, the messages of love, the small deeds of caring and prayers have helped to lift and carry them through this most difficult time.
A visitation will be held on Friday, November 25 at Covenant Funeral Service, 1310 Courthouse Road in Stafford from 6 to 8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 26 at the Stafford LDS Stake Center, 20 Boscobel Road, Fredericksburg. Interment at the Oak Hills Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a contribution in her name to the FONZ (Friends of the National Zoo) at nationalzoo.si.edu.