Amanda Renae Wilcox, of Winslow, passed away Sunday, Dec. 27, 2009 in Winslow.
Amanda was born Nov. 15, 1986 in Topeka, Kan. to Toni (Wilcox) Villanueva and Pilar Gonzales III. She is of the Todichiinii (Bitterwater) Clan born for Nakai Dine'e (Mexican) Clan; her maternal grandfather was of the Winter Clan from Ohkay Owingeh (San Jaun) Pueblo in New Mexico and her paternal grandfather is Nakai Dine'e (Mexican) Clan.
Wilcox was baptized in Topeka and traveled home to Winslow as an infant. She was blessed in Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo, the home of her great-grandmother, Dorothy (Gabaldon) Wilcox, and given a family name of Blue Rainbow at 1-year-old. She attended school in Winslow, graduated from Winslow High School in 2005 and attended Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo., for two years. After that, she moved to Flagstaff and attended four classes at Coconino Community College and then Northern Arizona University. She was employed part-time in Flagstaff.
Amanda loved sports and participated in basketball, volleyball and softball and played on the all-star softball team for many years.
She also danced at powwows and took part in dances at Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo. She also participated in NPC Ballet Folkiorico for many years.
Amanda is survived by her parents, Toni and Pilar (III); stepfather Richard Villanueva and stepmother Lorraine Gonzales; sisters Robina, Richelyn and Reyli; brother Ricardo Jr; maternal grandmother Lucille Wilcox; maternal great-grandmother Dorothy Wilcox; stepbrother Bobby Lucero of Phoenix; paternal grandparents Pilar (Jr) and Linda Gonzales; stepgrandmother Josie Lucero; paternal stepgrandparents Luis and Irma Villanueva of Mercedes, Texas; grandparents Joe and Elvira Wilcox and Dean and Millie Wilcox, all of Winslow; and several aunts and uncles.
Amanda was preceded in death by grandfather Ted Wilcox; stepgrandfather Ambrose Lucero; grandfathers Norman and George Wilcox; uncles Joseph A. and Michael A. Wilcox; great-aunt Verna J. Wilcox; and great-grandfather Joe B. Wilcox Sr.
Services were held Monday, Jan. 4, 2010 with interment following at Desert View Cemetery.
Condolences to the family can be sent to www.greersmortuary.com.