MistyBlue Josephine Watahomigie began her journey to the spirit world early on the morning of Aug. 28, 2007. She did not suffer or feel any pain.
She was born on Oct. 31, 1976, in Tuba City, Ariz., to her proud mother, Rebecca Watahomigie.
She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Elmer and Josie Watahomigie, and her precious pit bull XuXa. She is survived by her mother; Uncle Victor and Aunt Rose Watahomigie; Aunt Anna Watahomigie; cousins Diana, Iris and Victor Jr. Watahomigie, and Shana and Nathaniel Watahomigie; nieces Cree and Kynzie Watahomigie and Cheyenne Watahomigie-Peterson and beloved dog Whiskey.
MistyBlue was raised in Grand Canyon Village and graduated with honors from Grand Canyon High School. She was a high achiever in academics and sports including Little League and was an award-winning artist. She won the essay contest about protecting national parks and was chosen to read her paper to Barbara Bush at the 75th anniversary of the National Park Service. She was the first recipient of the Rotary Club's Youth Leadership Award and a member of the National Honor Society.
She attended college at Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University majoring in architecture and forestry. After stops in Tempe and San Diego, she moved to Reno, Nev., in 2003 and quickly fell in love with the area. She remained there and worked as a bartender at downtown Shooters for several years.
MistyBlue was a free spirit and touched many lives with her kindness and emotionally generous and honest heart. Much to her mother's dismay, MistyBlue loved her tattoos and was acquiring a collection of nature related art.
MistyBlue's favorite saying was "Whatever Trevor."
One of the greatest joys in MistyBlue's life was her nine-year-old niece Cree Brothers Watahomigie. They spent many hours together and talked on the phone constantly developing a strong unbreakable bond. Cree will always miss her.
Funeral services were held Sunday, Sept. 2, at Supai Camp at Grand Canyon Village. Many relatives arrived to help guide her journey to the next world. Friends of MistyBlue and her family came to pay their respects. Traditional singers were Rex Tilousi, Daniel Kaska, Jeffrey Manakaja, Carl Watahomigie and Richard Watahomigie.
On Monday, Sept. 3, MistyBlue was tenderly driven by her Uncle Victor to a remote Supai Cemetery at Drift Fence along with a caravan of relatives. She neared the end of her journey with singing by Rex Tilousi, Daniel Kaska and Jeffrey Manakaja. She was then lovingly lowered to her final resting place by the pallbearers.
She will be loved and missed forever.
Her mother and family request that any donations in MistyBlue's memory be made to your local mental health clinic, the Diabetes Foundation, the Kidney Foundation or any animal shelter. Please continue Misty's legacy and help the homeless with individual contributions.