Amanda Lynne Belcher, age 27 years, of Hickory, Kentucky, passed away on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 in Graves County, Kentucky after an automobile accident.
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Amanda was born on March 11, 1992 in St. Louis, Mo. the daughter of Matthew J. and Karen L. (Green) Belcher.
Amanda grew up in the St. Louis area before moving to western Kentucky, which she loved, Amanda was a 2010 honors graduate of Eureka High School and a 2012 honors graduate of St. Louis Community College with an associate’s degree. In 2015, she earned her bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Science, Cum Laude, from Murray State University of Murray, Kentucky. Amanda returned there to graduate with her Master of Science, Agriculture with her education certificate in December of 2019 with the intention of becoming a teacher and coach for an equestrian team. It is a testament to Amanda’s determination that she was able to accomplish such a high degree of education despite an early diagnosis that teachers thought would hold her back. She wanted to help all students know they can do what they set their goals to be. She was a member of Sigma Alpha Lamba, Phi Theta Kappa, and Murray State Equestrian Team.
Amanda was previously employed with the Purina Research Farm in Gray Summit, Mo. and Ballard’s Tack and Supply in Paducah, Ky.
She was involved in 4-H for many years as a youth, she started showing horses when she was five years old and showed her Pony of the Americas for 15 years. She trained and showed her POA, earning a Supreme Champion award. She continued her love of showing horses during her time at Murray State University. She was the co-captain of the equestrian team in 2015 and is the current, IHSA 2019 Reserve National Champion Alumni Reining. She was awarded the Work Horse award in 2013, Murray State Equestrian Stock Team MVP in 2015 and Academic All-American in 2014 & 2015; she was always honored to represent Murray State University as a member of the team.
Amanda had a quiet nature but wasn’t afraid to vocalize her thoughts when needed. She did not waste words. She was headstrong and driven in all endeavors from academics to horse shows and competitions. She had a way of seeing the world that allowed her to problem solve and think outside the box like no one else. She was determined to reach any and all goals she set for herself and that competitive drive pushed her to do just that. She was team oriented but worked hard enough to allow her to be a leader and stand out in the crowd. Amanda was an independent woman; she knew what she wanted and had the vision to make it happen. She led with a smile and had a way of attracting people to her; it seemed as if everyone just gravitated to her.
She was always most comfortable in her jeans, hoodie and a pair of boots. Amanda loved to be outdoors and was always accompanied by one or more of her dogs or riding her horse, her two first loves, she cherished her family and friends. She enjoyed camping, 4-wheeling, fishing and trail riding with her horse and human friends and just about any other activity that involved being in nature. Some of her favorite places to be were the Kentucky Dam to walk with her dogs and relax, Wranglers Park to trail ride and of course when she was back home, the family farm “Hanging Reins Ranch” in Owensville, Mo. Her ability to listen, her compassionate heart and her contagious sense of humor made her an incredible daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece and friend. Amanda had a very special relationship with her sister Meg. She always admired her sister and loved to tease and joke with her all the time.
Survivors include: her parents, Matthew and Karen Belcher of Owensville, formerly from Wildwood; her sister, Margaret “Meg” Belcher of Maryland Heights; maternal grandmother, Sharen Green of Jefferson City; aunts and uncles, Kevin (Kelly) Green, Keith (Mary) Green, John (Laurie) Belcher, Ann (Nathan) Franke, John (Jan) Martell, Frank (Beverly) Martell, Linda (Jim) Henneke, Cindy (Mark) Witengier, and Robin (Linda) Scherer; great uncle, Les (Yvette) Joyce; numerous cousins; her dogs, Gentry, Sully and Stetson; and her beloved horses, Elvis, Whiskey and Gracie.
She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Frank L. Green; paternal grandparents, Joseph and Joanne Belcher; paternal grandmother, LaVerne Martell; aunts, Jackie Allan and Mary Elben; a cousin, Chantel Green; and her great horse, Rocky.
Visitation will be at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Schubert, Mo. from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Saturday, December 28, 2019.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, December 28, 2019 at St. John’s Lutheran Church with the Reverend Gerald Scheperle officiating. Graveside services will follow at St. John’s Church Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested the Amanda Belcher Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 95, Jefferson City, Mo. 65102 or to Operation Triage, 158 Louisiana Ave., New Braunfels, TX. 78130
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Freeman Mortuary.