In memory of our beautiful daughter and sister, Markeyta Hladky Barnett, who passed away February 7, 2012, in Crow, Oregon.
Markeyta was born on January 4, 1992, to Bruce Barnett and Keyte Hladky. She grew up in Veneta, Oregon, with her mother and her older brother, Robert Trotter Hladky. In childhood Markeyta attended both Fern Ridge and Crow schools and was partially homeschooled. She was an "A" student, enjoying the sciences and English.
Markeyta was an accomplished singer. She studied with Dr. Raymond Morse, and loved classical music and songs in the American standard tradition. She was a good pianist, and studied with her mother.
Markeyta studied and enjoyed photography. An avid horse lover, she pursued 4-H with a borrowed horse, and won a 4-H scholarship to do so. She had a strong interest in handwork including modern skills such as crochet and the ancient art of bobbin lace. She had begun to study weaving and spinning.
Her public service history included leadership training by the Ford Family Foundation. She grew up in the Fern Ridge Library, serving as a youth volunteer, community programs committee member, and grounds committee member. Together with several other students she helped paint the mural on the Veneta Bi-Mart in 2007.
Markeyta took the name Markeyta B'Elanna Hladky at her confirmation, and was by this name more generally known.
Markeyta loved nature, animals, flowers, art and music, and on these she spent her free time. She was as kind as she was beautiful, and had the gift of healing. She had planned to pursue a career in the healing arts. She loved to travel across the West. She had a strong interest in Native traditions and history and pursued that interest in several states. As her mother's health declined, Markeyta helped care for her. Her family was close and she enjoyed describing their adventures.
Markeyta had a wonderful laugh, laughed easily and often. She loved solving problems, especially fixing broken equipment of most any kind. In public she was often calm, quiet and diplomatic, but she was equally feisty and determined. Among many other things, she enjoyed old movies, "Downton Abbey", chocolate, and Friday "fun dinners" with friends.
Markeyta is survived by her mother, father and brother. She is also survived by her grandparents, Robert and Joan Hladky of Pleasant Hill, OR, and David and Betty Barnett of Yakima, WA; and her great-uncle, Frank Hladky of Coweta, Oklahoma. She is also survived by uncles and aunts Frank and Karen Hladky, Mark Hladky, Laura Jenkins Hladky, Kurt and Terri Barnett, and by many cousins. Her godparents were Matt and Janine Goodwin.
Native American ceremonies were held on February 11th. Services at Westminster Presbyterian Church took place February 13 with the Rev. John Pierce presiding. Markeyta was interred at Lane Memorial Gardens in Eugene, OR. Funeral arrangements were by Nelson's Bay Area Mortuary in Coos Bay, OR.
Remembrances may be made to Markeyta's favorite charity, the Beartooth Nature Center in Red Lodge, MT; 406-446-1133; www.beartoothnaturecenter.org.
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Published in Eugene Register-Guard on Feb. 19, 2012