AMSTERDAM - Tanya JoLee Sleight, 33, of Amsterdam passed away Sunday, March 10, 2013.
Born Sept. 7, 1979, in Saratoga Springs, she was the daughter of Beverly Gifford Pritchard and John Stoddard.
Tanya moved to Winston-Salem, N.C., in 1992 as a teenager where she attended Winston-Salem First Assembly of God Church and was home schooled. During that time, she was very involved in the church's Youth Choir and Drama Team.
She had a heart for missions and was able to be part of the first youth mission team to El Salvador. While there, she helped build a church and performed in street ministry. She had a passion for Sign Language and looked forward to sharing it with her children.
After graduation, she worked for Wake Forest University in housekeeping before going to work for the family business, finally realizing she was gifted in the retail industry. She moved back to New York in 2001 and continued working in various retail stores as she started her adult life.
Tanya had an outgoing and friendly personality and everyone she met became her ""cousin."" She would help anyone in need, even if it met she went without. She was deeply loved and will be greatly missed by her many family and friends both in New York and North Carolina.
She was predeceased by her brother, Joshua Matthew Pritchard.
Tanya is survived by her children, Matthew and Naomi; her parents, Beverly and Timothy Pritchard of Corinth and John and Donna Stoddard of North Carolina; her siblings, Travis Gifford of Corinth, David Stoddard of North Carolina, Jireh Stoddard of North Carolina, Timmy Pritchard of Ballston Spa and Jeremy Pritchard of Stillwater; her grandparents, Tom and Linda Rush of North Carolina; many aunts, uncles and cousins; her large extended family; and her friends who she called sisters.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, March 18, 2013, at Christ Episcopal Church on West High Street in Ballston Spa.
Relatives and friends are invited to call from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 17, at Armer Funeral Home Inc., 39 E. High St., Ballston Spa.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Albany Medical Center Pediatrics Unit, 43 New Scotland Ave., Albany, NY 12208.
Online remembrances may be made at www.armerfuneralhome.com.