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January 06, 2009 3:38 am

Amee Lea Barrus

(March 18, 1958 - Dec. 31, 2008)

Amee Lea Barrus, 50, died on Wednesday, Dec. 31 at her home in Cody.

She was born March 18, 1958 in Powell to Roy and Brenda Marshall. She spent her first seven years in Byron with her family. She then moved to Aurora, Colo., where she graduated from high school in the top of her class.

After graduation she moved back to Wyoming, where she loved to spend all of her time. Amee's two daughters, Shasta and Desiree, were the light of her life.

On June 17, 1995, Amee married her best friend, John Barrus. They spent many wonderful years together living on the South Fork raising paint horses and running the Flying H Ranch. Amee also worked at Wal-Mart for 13 years and made many friends there.

Amee's passion was being in the outdoors. She loved camping up at Lilly Lake in the summer with her friends and family. During hunting season, she was often seen dressed in camouflage with a rifle in her hands. She loved to go into hunting camp, especially with John, and everyone loved the meals she made on a camp stove.

Amee also loved arts and crafts, and recently she had started making her own jewelry, which she sold at jewelry shows in Colorado, Montana and Wyoming.

She was an avid member of Sportsman for Fish and Wildlife and helped get the Cody chapter up and running.

Amee was a true friend to many people. She loved Cody and spending her life there. She faced may trials and tribulations throughout her short life, but she was a fighter and would never give up.

Amee was a kind and loving wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend. She devoted herself to making others happy and always put their needs before hers.

She is survived by her husband and love of her life, John Barrus; daughters Shasta (Robert) Maupin and Desiree Moxon (Chad Wildman); parents Roy and Brenda Marshall; brother Lance (Laura) Marshall and his children, Hunter and Kealey; cousin Darin (Carrie) Marshall; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

She was preceeded in death by her grandmother and grandfather Marshall; great-grandmother Anderson; grandfather Archie Ames; and uncle Ken Marshall.

A viewing was held at Ballards Funeral Home on Monday, Jan. 5. Services will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 6 at 11 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on Wyoming Ave. in Cody. Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Cody.

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