Donors Paying For
killed in June will get new burial plot
By CRAIG WEBB
Beacon Journal staff writer
Homesville: The very smile that captured the hearts
and consciences of countless Akron-area residents will
grace a memorial marker being designed for Amber Gordon.
Donors have covered more than $2000 in expenses to buy a
burial plot and grave marker for the Wooster 3-year-old
who was killed in June by her father’s live-in
Barbara Freeman, an employee at Summit Memorials in
Barberton , started a fund-raising effort after an
anonymous donor called the business and offered to pay
for the tombstone. The man had read a March article in
the Akron Beacon Journal that noted that the toddler was
buried in Holmes County in the same cemetery plot with a
paternal great-grandmother she never knew.
Freeman said other donors stepped forward to further
offset the costs to buy a private plot and cover the
expenses to have the little girl’s coffin moved to the
new grave within the next two months.
A memorial marker is now being designed that will
feature an etched picture of Amber and a scene depicting
a guardian angel helping a little girl to cross a
bridge. The back of the memorial will have messages and
remembrances penned by donors.
The message from Akron’s Firestone Park Elementary
School , which raised more than $800, will say, “Every
child is precious. None will be forgotten.”
Roseann Walton, a third-grade teacher at the school,
said it warmed her heart to watch students carry in
their pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters to contribute
to the cause. “We didn’t know this little girl,” Walton
said, “but it was the right thing to do.”
The unusual burial arrangements were made by Amber’s
father, Thomas Gordon, who couldn’t afford to buy the
girl her own grave and marker. His girlfriend, Beth
Bowles, was sentenced to three years in prison for
inflicting the fatal blow after becoming enraged over
some toys in the couple’s Wooster apartment.
Amber’s paternal grandmother, Patsy Gordon, said it was
nice to see hope when there was such despair.
Patsy Gordon said she lost two children last June –
first her granddaughter Amber then her adopted son,
Thomas, who stood by and defended Bowles to the end.
“You think this world can be so cruel, then something
like this happens,” Patsy Gordon said.