Letter: MistyBlue will not be forgotten

To the editor:

It has been a year now since the loss of my only child and I have yet to thank the many people who supported my family and shared in our grief.

To the great Havasupai Nation - the many relatives and family who came from Supai Canyon; to Xanterra South Rim LLC - Jon Streit, Maswik and El Tovar food and beverage units; Greg Brush and the awesome fire and security crew; and the multi-talented Christian Espanol with the Human Resources Department.

To Cindy Stinnett of the Sales Department and especially to my dear friend Judy Kopp, who was with me every step of the way. From long distance she performed many tasks that made things so much easier for us. I love you, Judy.

To the Rotary Club, who always supported Misty; to Veva Slayton; Pete and Becky Shearer of Seven-Mile Lodge; to all her friends in Reno, Nev.; and Kelly Smith at Shooters Bar.

Also, to my nieces, baby Ciara Tayah-Watahomigie and "tween" Cree Brothers-Watahomigie, who senses my heartache and brings me comfort. Finally to my best friends Ina Zeena and my brother Victor and sister Anna and their families for their endless concern.

For now I am left with my beautiful memories to dwell on. When my daughter died, she did not go alone. Part of me went with her and one day we will be together again.

In closing, I would like to share this poem, written by MistyBlue, when she was 13 years old ...

Good-bye, my love, my life.

Rebecca Watahomigie

Grand Canyon

My Lifeline ...

Is the sky

Everywhere I look

I see blue

The helicopter is blue, too

Soaring through the air

Over the canyon

Like an eagle.

It takes me

Away from the real world

To a blue heaven

With fluffy white ghosts

I am a ghost in the sky

Watching over the earth.

- MistyBlue Watahomigie,

Sept. 16, 1990

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