Crystal Wenonah Carpenter passed away from a tragic car accident on Oct. 15, 2011. She was born on Sept. 27, 1990, in Arcata, Calif. Crystal attended Loleta Elementary, St. Bernard's High School and College of the Redwoods. She was a proud member of the Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria Tribe.
Crystal was a very outgoing, beautiful, intelligent young woman that lived for her mother Tina Carpenter, sister Dawnetta Carpenter, nephew Emanuel Gonzalez and nieces Leilani and Alexianna Carpenter. She was her family's rock and stronghold.
Crystal came from a very large family. She had many uncles, aunties and tons of cousins. She was most happy when she was with her family at gatherings. She enjoyed going to the river to go swimming. She always went to her little cousins' (Michael, Isabel, and L.J.) sports games. She was the family's surrogate mom to all her little cousins. She took care of all the little ones whenever she was needed. She showed so much love to all her family and friends. he enjoyed sports and was naturally a fan of the Raiders, Lakers, Giants, and the North Carolina Tar Heels. She played sports from an early age and excelled playing ball all the way through college. She played co-ed and women's softball in the local Recreation league. She loved going to play softball with her Uncle John on the weekends and going to the city with her Uncle J.B. to the Raiders and Giants games. She shined in sports at Loleta Elementary School, playing with her cousins and was coached by her Auntie B. She was a four-year All Conference high school Varsity basketball, volleyball and softball player. She made numerous friends throughout her life from all the sports she played.
Crystal was proud of being the youngest person chosen to be on the Bear River Casino Board of Directors. She wanted to be the youngest person elected to the Tribal Council. She was recently promoted in the Tribe's accounting department and was looking forward to being a big part of the Tribe's future.
Crystal will be greatly missed by her family and friends. She was loved so much. She was so full of love and she loved having a good time with everyone. She always tried to please everyone and she was very polite and respectful to all. Crystal has gone on to be with her Creator and her journey has only just begun. Don't sorrow for Crystal -- spread Crystal's love forward like she would want you to.
Crystal is survived by her mother, Tina; her sister, Dawnetta;and her nephew, Manny, Leilei and Lexie; her grandmother, Janice McGinnis (Walt); grandfather, William Carpenter Jr., auntie, Joan Carpenter; James McGinnis, Deborah Layton, Dakota McGinnis Jr., (Lisa), Joseph McGinnis Sr. (Nicole), Margaret McGinnis (Miguel), and John McGinnis, Janis Sanderson (Elijah); special cousins, Wanda, Maggie, christina, and Lydia; her great-aunties, Aileen Meyer, Norma Carter, Brenda and Eloise Bowie; and great uncle, Duane Bowie Sr.
She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Dakota McGinnis Sr.; Christopher “Kng” McGinnis; Delilah Carpenter; great-grandmother, Margaret Bowie; aunties, Andrea Horn, Marian Bowie; and uncle, Victor Billy, Calvin Carpenter; and cousins, Leslie and Robert Bowie.
Pall Bearers are: Dakota McGinnis Jr., Joseph McGinnis Sr., John McGinnis, James McGinnis, William Carpenter III, Andrew Calderon, Brian Calderon, Miguel Trujillo Jr. and Manny Gonzalez.
Honorary Pall Bearers: William Carpenter Jr., Kenny Wells, Ivan Carter, Walter Jackson, Duane James Bowie Sr., and Brian Wells.
Services will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. at Goble's Mortuary in Fortuna. Internment will follow at Sunrise Cemetery, Fortuna. A potluck reception will be held at Loleta Fireman's Pavilion immediately following the services.