It is with deep sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of NEVADA JOY HEAVY RUNNER “ODAHSTAKAYAKI” (Pretty Round Face Girl) on December 14, 2020 at the age of 18 years old.
Nevada is survived by her siblings Martina Heavy Runner and Kristian Fox, Father Quenton (Yolanda) Heavy Runner, Grandparents Mary (Late Rex) Bird, Bill Rabbit, Belena Heavy Runner, Aunts Lucynda Rabbit, Harmony Bird, Uncles Tom (Chrissy) Fox, Dustin (Deanna) Fox, Larry Rabbit, Thomas Rabbit, Tyler Bird, Nephew Trigger Weasel Head, Niece Taylor Healy, Grandmother, Mary-Jo Russell, Mother figure Eva (Lukas) Fox, God Parents Nedra and Tim Fox. Great Uncles, Duke (Irma) Rabbit, Terri (Jennifer) Ivans, Richard Ivans, Great Aunts, Marlene (Marvin) Yellow Horn, Marsha (Doug), Ivans. Extended Grandmothers Connie Fox and Connie Crosschild, extended brothers Dalton Eagle Bear and RJ Eagle Bear; and many other great aunts, uncles and cousins from her Heavy Runner, Rabbit, Fox and Bird clans.
Nevada was predeceased by her Mother Leanne Fox, boyfriend Tyson Devine, Brothers Blaze Heavy Runner, Edward Bad Arm, Great, Great Grand Parents Emma (George) Many Feathers, Bill (Rita) Rabbit, Frank (Beatrice) Good Striker, Great Grandparents Gary Ivans, Martha (Tyrone) Potts, Larry (Patsy) Rabbit; great uncle and aunt Ed (Marine) Heavy Shields.
Nevada was born at Cardston Regional Hospital on June 23, 2002. She was in her last year of high school and on her way toward graduation. Nevada carried the kindness of her mother and those mother figures who helped raise her such as adopted Aunts, Gina (David) Red Crow and Dawn Fox. She held a special place in her heart for her many adopted nieces and nephews and cared for them often; she especially cherished her dog “Poe“. Nevada was extremely close with her friends and traditional sisters, Zoelie Weasel Head, Patrice Little Child, Claycee and Willow Vielle and Shaliya Tailfeathers. She had many other friends within her Crescent Heights High School family. Nevada also attended Aahsaopi Kindergarten, Cardston Elementary and Kainai Middle School, due to her kind nature she had long lasting friends from those schools, too numerous to mention. Nevada had a good relationship with teachers and staff, Nevada had the fortune of knowing grandma Emma where she was taught to always have respect for others and to go to school and finish school, while she is described as a quiet person she had a mischievous way about her, she loved to laugh and had a good sense of humor.
Nevada had a lot of compassion for people young and old and would be sad for people especially at this time of year due to the cold weather; she worried for those that had no place to go; she along with Zoelie would volunteer for the Family Homeless Shelter in Calgary, Inn From the Cold, often assisting Eva with setting activities for the young children at the Inn. Nevada and Zoelie were young female leaders in the Aboriginal Community of Calgary. They would assist in running young female groups in Calgary where the young women would volunteer in the community or just hang out. Nevada would help her uncle Tim out sometimes. Nevada and Brian were often called on by Tim to assist in setting up and sitting at a booth for Orange Shirt Day, both Nevada and Brian love to prank Tim out especially if he was busy and would get a kick out of Tim’s reaction.
Nevada often talked about the love she had for her grandma Mary.
A Funeral Service will be held at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston on Monday, December 21st at 11:00 a.m with a viewing from 9:00 - 11:00 am. Due to COVID -19 Restrictions only 10 people will be allowed into the service at a time. Interment in the One Spot Cemetery.
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