Janelle Rhea Lavender, 28, died Monday afternoon, Sept. 11, 2017, at Haven, of Show Low, following a lengthy illness. She was was born Tuesday, May 2, 1989, in Show Low, to her mother Janet Marie Crocker and father William Nellis Lavender.
Known as “Nelly” to her family and friends, she was not one to squander her time. Besides being a homemaker to her little family, she became a mother in March 2005 when her daughter, Breanna Marie Lavender, was born. She loved going places with her and took her everywhere.
In October 2012, Nelly gave birth to another baby girl and entrusted the upbringing of that sweet baby to her Aunt Cheri and partner, Marci, to rear. Nelly was a talented artist and enjoyed drawing and sketching. Many of her creations are now considered priceless treasures to her family. She spent countless hours scrapbooking and had created many scrapbooks over the years. The books she made were reminders of the beautiful people in her life. Nelly enjoyed fishing and any fishing hole was her favorite. In her spare time, Nelly always had a good puzzle to put together. She was excellent at assembling puzzles.
As she was so much fun to be around, Nelly will dearly be missed by her family and friends.
She is survived by her daughters, Breanna Marie Lavender, Erica Marie Jimson; mother Janet Marie Crocker; father William Nellis Lavender; sister Jada Vargas; three brothers: Joshua Paul Crocker, Richardson Lavender, Juaquin Lavender; two nephews: Jovon Smith, Gilbert Smith; grandfathers: Ernie Crocker and Elliot Mason. She is also survived by numerous aunts and uncles.
Nelly was preceded in death by her grandmothers, Dorinda Crocker, Maybelline Mason; and sister Chandra Lavender, who just passed away in February 2017.
A public visitation and viewing will be noon to 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18, at the Fort Apache Branch chapel of the Church of…