In Loving Memory Of Savannah Lanae Hanks
On a beautiful Sunday afternoon of October 29,2017, our loving, precious sixteen year old Savannah, a loving Daughter, Sister, Niece, Granddaughter, and friend was called home to our Father God Almighty, and our Lord Savior, Jesus Christ. Savannah was bom on March 15, 2001 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Savannah is survived by Her Mother, Carole S. Hanks, Sisters M'Linn J.K. Hanks, Devin R. Hanks Merrifield, Aunts Myrna and Joan Hanks, Jonelle, Belva, Neida, and Jolene Geronimo, Annisa Kanseah, Freda R. Moreno, Sarah Kazhe-Kirgan, Joella Herrera, Henrietta Desidero, Uncles, Lynn Hanks, Robert L. Geronimo, James Kunestsis, Wadell Kanseah, Jose Moreno, living Grandparents Iris Geronimo, Karen Moreno, Jose Valencia, Peter D. and Jo Kazhe of Mescalero, New Mexico, Rod, and Joyce Highelk, and Peter Hanks of White Earth, Minnesota. Savannah is also survived by numerous relatives from the Mescalero Apache Indian Reservation of Mescalero, New Mexico and the Mississippi River Band of the Ojibwe Indian Tribe of White Earth, Minnesota, and many aunts, uncles and especially her cousins that she considered to be her brothers and sisters. Savannah is preceded in death by Grandparents Adrianne M. Hanks and Sherald G. Hanks, and a Brother, Matthew Noah Hanks.
Savannah was proud to be a ninth (9th) grade Student at Mescalero Apache Schools and recently a very proud summer seasonal team Member at the Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino's Recreation Department. Savannah's Traditional living as a Mescalero Apache was generously nurtured and perpetuated by Her Mescalero Apache Traditional Care Taker's Joey Padilla, an Uncle, Aunts Virginia Ortega, and Mary Blaylock, Fernando "Nando Ray" Rocha Jr., Anthony "Jopa" Rocha, the James Kunestsis Chiricahua Apache Crown Dance Group, the Wallace "Eldon" Enjady Jr. Mescalero Apache Crown Dance Group, and the Eugene Botella Mescalero Apache Dance Group.
Lastly, her very beautiful of life of sixteen years was supported by Medical Teams from UNM Children's Hospital, University of California San Francisco Hospital and St. Louis Children's Hospital.
Her prayer service will be Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 6:00 P.M. at the Mescalero Reformed Church where the funeral will be on Friday, November 3, at 10:00 A.M. Burial will follow at White Tail Cemetery.
May you find comfort in knowing that your dear one is safe in the memory of God, who will remember every detail about her and bring her back again.
The Dorer familyRuidoso, NM
We extend our sincere condolences to friends and family of Savannah. We hope in this sad time you will find strength in knowing there will be a resurrection of our loved ones and death will be a thing of the past. Revelation 21:3-4, John 5:28.
May this give you a measure of comfort now and in the days ahead.
Payne FamilyRuidoso, NM
A few years ago, I hired Ms. Merina Hanks and her family, to cook for my daughterís feast. I was worried they would not do it because, we are not family and we didnít really know one another. Thankfully she accepted. During the feast, I got the opportunity to meet Miss Savannah. We were instantly fond of her. Her beauty radiated off her, like sun rays. During Savannahs feast my daughter and I drove out to White Tail, dropped off water and flour. We got to watch Savannah dance in the big teepee. How graceful she was. Since, my daughters feast, I have come to highly respect Ms. Hanks and her family. Thank you for sharing Miss Savannah with us, we have come to love and respect her. She will always and forever be beautiful.
Josephine SatterfieldMescalero, NM
To all you who loved Savanah: I was not privileged to know Savanah but I know your hearts are weeping and she will be missed. You are are in my thoughts and prayers especially those of you whom I knew. Hugs, Jean or to a few of you, Miss Spurlock
Jean SpurlockRuidoso, NM