Tarsicia Maria Llanos Heath, 19, passed away unexpectedly and far too soon on Sept. 4, 2012.
Tarci was born on Nov. 12, 1992, in Carmichael, Calif., to Cynthia Heath and grew up in Sheridan, Calif., living with her beloved mother and grandmother, Linda.
Tarci's passion was portraying the world's beauty through her drawings, YouTube videos and photos. As an artist, she placed in the National Federal Junior Duck Stamp design contest. She also took remarkable pictures, which showed her ability to find beauty in things others overlooked. She made several videos for YouTube about wolves, one of her true passions.
Tarci had a yearning for music, listening to all types but mostly rap, pop, and country. She had CDs she put together herself that went on for miles. One of Tarci's favorite places in the world was Valdez. She loved going out on the boat while the guys fished. She had a special talent for "Alaska noodling," hand fishing for salmon.
Tarci met her fiancé, Charles P. Miller Jr., in 2010. This was the beginning of an amazing and touching love story. She loved Charles and he loved her more than anything in the world. Moving to Alaska was one of the most talked about events in her life. She would call her best friend, Shawnie, and rave about the beauty of the state and her love for Charles. Tarci's last day was joyful, because she and Charles had just applied for their marriage license.
Tarci was ecstatic to graduate from high school in Dot Lake in 2012, as she is one of the few in her family to graduate.
During her relationship with Charles, she celebrated their first Christmas, Valentine's and Thanksgiving. She also had the opportunity to attend many potlatches, an Alaska Native celebration, where she never hesitated to help where needed.
Tarci cared deeply for all of her friends, especially her best friend, Shawnie-Jo. She would always take care of her, making her eat when she was hungry, sleep when she was tired, and smile when she was sad or angry.
Tarci was an amazing person. She was one of the most compassionate individuals in the world and had an innocence about her that was unique. Tarci was in no hurry to grow up, so she kept a child's spirit within her. Few got to see the child side of Tarci because she was so shy. Few were lucky to witness her rare beauty.
Tarci is survived by her fiancé Charles Miller Jr.; mother, Cynthia Heath; grandmother, Linda Heath; sister, Crystal Fatton; best friend, Shawnie-Jo Paiz; her Alaska family, and many other relatives and friends in Alaska and California.
A service will be held at noon Sunday in Dot Lake, at the cemetery. Lunch will be provided afterwards in the community hall.
A final service and burial will take place in Sheridan, Calif.
Arrangements were entrusted to Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home.