HARDWOOD LAKE – On July 31, 2004, Patricia and Galen Horst welcomed a beautiful little girl to their growing family and named her Amanda. She was their third child. On Friday June 21, 2019, 14-year-old Amanda was suddenly called home to be with her Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Amanda Faith Horst lived a typical Mennonite life in Hardwood Lake with her family. She loved history, sewing, reading and playing her guitar. Petite and slim, she led a modest life, outwardly displaying her Christian heritage in the attire of the Conservative Mennonite tradition. She wore modest dresses and covered her long hair with a small prayer cap, as did her mother and her sisters.
Amanda was the third of seven children in Patricia and Galen Horst’s family. Born in Renfrew, Amanda moved with her family from Foresters Falls to Hardwood Lake in June 2009, spending most of her childhood on the bucolic family farm they named Providence Homestead.
Amanda was raised in a home with a strong faith in God. Her father Galen explained that “Providence describes God’s divine care and provision for our lives.” This belief has been and still is the foundation for their lives.
Amanda was home schooled along with her siblings. When they weren’t studying, they helped around the farm, visited with neighbours and friends and attended their church in Hermon. Amanda helped with the care of her younger siblings.
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