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Melvina Sanchez

Melvina Sanchez

Jul 22, 1950 - Jul 10, 2019
Funeral services for Melvina Rose Sanchez, 68, will be held 10:00 a.m., Monday, July 15, 2019 at Great Plains Hall. Interment will follow at the Arapaho Catholic Cemetery. A Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m., Sunday, July 14th, at Great Plains Hall with at wake to follow.

Ms. Sanchez passed away on July 10, 2019 at her home in Riverton, Wyoming.

She was born on July 22, 1950 in Riverton, Wyoming, daughter of Felix and Mary (Behan) Whiteman. Melvina attended St. Stephens Elementary and St. La Bre during her high school years. She spent her life living in Riverton and Sheridan and on the Wind River Reservation.

Melvina was a member of the Catholic Church as well as the Native American Church. She respected traditional Northern Arapaho ways.

She enjoyed visiting with her children and grandchildren, family and friends. She loved to visit, drink coffee, making bread, doing puzzles and word searches as well as listen to oldies, beading making dolls, dancing and playing at the casino. She was a loving mother and homemaker.

Survivors include her daughter, Melinda V. Whiteman, Adelle R. Najera, Shanelle N. Friday, Martha Loneman, and Colletta Shane; sons, Zachery J. Whiteman, Lucas A. Sanchez, Shaw E. Whiteman, Brent Sanchez, Bryan Sanchez, William J. Zimiga, Elder Najera, Kevin Shane, Tom Crispin, and Thomas Goggles; sisters, Marita C. (Benjamin) Warren, Felicia F. Whiteman, Agusta M. (Robert) C’Bearing, Catherine I. Whiteman, Junie Friday, Mary Jane Whiteman and Roberta Eagle; brothers, Ernest M. Whiteman, Burton Darrell Hutchinson, Jr., Dallas Long, Shannon Brown, Clarence Brown and Dale Brown; numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great grandchildren, aunties, and uncles; and the families of Whiteman, Behan, Trumbull, Spoonunter, O’Neal, Bearing, Sun Rhodes, Lawson, Quiver, Brown, Hutchinson, Warren, Posey, Arthur, and Brannon

She was preceded in death by her parents, Felix Whiteman and Mary K. Behan; John F. Whiteman, Elizabeth L. Whiteman, Maurice S. Whiteman, Justin E. Whiteman, Adraian C’Bearing, Johnnie D. Whiteman, Ernest Whiteman, Sr., Irene Whiteman (King), Harry Behan, Sr., Susanna Dress (Behan, Moss), Ralph Behan, Bessie Behan (Dress), Phillip Moss, Veronica Harris (Moss), John Charles Whiteman, Jennie Whiteman SunRhodes, Dancing King, Emma King.

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Services are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home.