Melba Rita Accawinna Appawora, age 86, of Myton, passed away April 3, 2018 at the Uintah Basin Medical Center.
Melba was born February 20, 1932 in Myton to Jim Wash and Ruby Olive Alhandra Accawinna. She married Hewitt Colorow, they later divorced. She then married William Appawora, Sr., later divorced.
Melba was a classy lady who always looked her best. She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister aunt, and friend. Family was most important to her, she cherished each of them and delighted in family gatherings. She was always glad to see you, everyone received a hug and she was a great listener. She was a very spiritual person who loved attending the Pow Wow, Bear Dance, Sundance and Peyote. She helped to raise several of her family and was called “Mom” by many. She was her family’s center pole. She was a grandmother to all.
She enjoyed sewing, beading, traveling, camping, fishing and spending time in the mountains. She had a great talent in making Bullberry jam and her tortillas were like gold. Her favorite past time was shopping. She had a wonderful sense of humor and laughter was very natural to her.
She is survived by her children, Velma Sireech, Myton; Everett “Mary” Colorow, Arcadia; Loretta (Duane) Burchick, Ft. Washington, MD; Eloise (Clint) Ledbetter, Freda (Roderick) Groves, Robert Jonas Colorow, Camille Appawora, Lynn Appawora, Henry Appawora, all of Myton; William Appawora, Sr., Ft. Duchesne; nieces and nephews, Willard Johnson, Linda Ankerpont, Orvella Charging, Geneva Accawinna, Ron Cuch, Roberta Cuch, Dolores Arrowchis, Clarice Ignacio, Gladys Pawwinnee, Mary Ann & Leon Perank, Helen Wash, Elaine Colorow and family, Melba & Ashley Groves, April & Nate, Sara & Justin Gonzales and family, Valentina & Arnold Morris and family, Nonie Sireech, Judd Sireech, Jody Colorow, Enid & Iona, Robin Colorow and family, Nelson Colorow, Jr., and family, James Russell, Jessica Russell, Hewitt Colorow and family, John Martin, Sr., numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, and countless other family members.
She was preceded in death by her parents, sons, Nelson Colorow, Arbin Colorow, siblings, Phillip Accawinna, Jonas Accawinna, Jane Redfoot, Irene Accawinna, grandchildren, Cody Appawora, and Rosey Jenks.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 11:00 at the Indian Myton Community Building. A wake will be held on Friday after 4:00 p.m. at Robert Colorow’s home in Myton.
Burial in the Myton City Cemetery.