Mountain Times: A grand farwell to the Ames family
As a continuation of our last column, following are excerpts from a few of your e-mails and letters we received honoring and acknowledging Steve and Christal Ames for their friendship and for their extraordinary contributions to our community:
and#8220;I knew Steve Ames as a 6th grader at Tahoe Lake School. He was on our football team and it took at least 4 opponents to bring him down. He was always smiling and a joy to know. I was interested in Steve’s progress and followed his football skills into high school.and#8221;
and#8220;When he and Christal opened the Deli at Tahoe Donner I worked for them and I can honestly say they were the best bosses. When they started the clean-up days they provided goodies and lots of encouragement to the participants. They will be sorely missed. May they continue doing good things and may they be appreciated for their friendship and generosity.and#8221;
and#8212; Nancy Williams
and#8220;I worked at the Ames Deli mart as a seasonal employee throughout my college years. Christal and Steve were great to work for as they treated the employees and their customers like family.and#8221;
and#8220;Steve was a character and was always looking to humor and entertain the employees and customers. I’m not sure when Steve graduated from juggling balls to juggling knives, but he loved the look on people’s faces when he would walk towards them juggling several LARGE knives. Some people laughed, others looked scared, others tried to find a place to hide, but all were intrigued by the juggling skills and his big giant grin. Christal and I always got along and many people thought we were sisters. We not only looked alike, but we had similar names (I’m Christy).
and#8220;Thank you Steve and Christal for your friendship and for the memories. I hope you enjoy your new adventure and I know that everywhere you go you’ll find good friends, because you have shown time and time again what wonderful people you are and what being a true friend and neighbor are all about.and#8221; and#8212; Christy Nicholls
and#8220;It saddens me that in these hard times we have to move and go to where the work is. For Steve and Christal, it’s across the country, away from their friends and family. I wish them all the luck and pray that they find a new hometown that is loving and peaceful like Truckee used to be.and#8221;
and#8220;I would not feel right for not telling my brother this before he moves so far away. What better way, than in print. Steve you have and always will be my hero. From the time that I was small going to your football games I would look up to you and say to myself and#8216;that is my brother, my hero.’ When you went to college and you played football and made All American and#8216;that’s my brother, my hero.’ The night you drove us to the hospital when our Dad passed away, you got out of the car and helped our Mom up from the curb where she was sitting crying. You held us and said everything was going to be alright and#8216;that’s my brother, my hero.’
and#8220;Watching you being a wonderful Dad to your children and the countless times watching you give to the community without asking for anything in return and#8216;that’s my brother, my hero.’ and#8220;And to Christal, my hero as well for being Steve’s wife for all these years. You’re my sister, my friend, and I will miss you too.
and#8220;Rockport, Maine should be so lucky to have both of you there. I’ll miss having my heroes around. Good Luck and may God be with you.and#8221; and#8212; Bonnie Ames-Williams
and#8220;For all the years of living in Truckee not too many people know my first name. I have always been known as and#8216;Steve’s mother’ and couldn’t be more proud of it. Not too many people know that Steve and Christal met at Sierra Mountain Middle School, fell in love and have been together ever since. As a couple they complimented each other and when they opened Ames Deli Mart it became an instant success.
and#8220;Steve and Christal were always the first to give when someone was in need. One time a few young people came into the deli during a long snow storm. They had run out of food and money. Steve and Christal did not hesitate to fill bags with groceries and gave them money for gas to return home. Another time a local woman was having a hard time driving to the deli with bald tires. Steve took her to Stones Tires and bought her four new tires. They were always doing kind and thoughtful thinks like that.
and#8220;When the community needed something, Steve and Christal were the first to give time and money for the town they loved. Steve and Christal have agonized for months now about the thought of leaving family, friends and the area they grew up in and loved so much.and#8221; and#8212; Marion and#8216;Steve’s Mom’ Ames
Norm and Alan Nicholls of the Nicholls Real Estate Group are affiliated with Dickson Realty at 11500 Donner Pass Rd. in Truckee.
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