Mahrijana Maya

Mahrijana Maya

Mahrijana passed away unexpectedly Saturday, January 13, 2018 at her home in Martin.

She was born in Kalamazoo on August 13, 2000 the daughter of Efrain “Bobby” Maya and Nicole Bower. Mahrijana was a boisterous senior at Martin High School with a larger than life personality and an amazing sense of humor. She loved taking photos especially selfies and doing make-up and hair for herself and her friends. Mahrijana enjoyed choir and listening to country music. She was very close to her cousins and was loved very much by her family.

Surviving are her parents, Nicky Bower of Martin and Bobby (Brieanne) Maya of TN; grandparents, Charles and Geneva Bower; uncles, Jamie (Melissa) Maya, Jesse (Stephanie) Maya, Charlie (Christina) Bower; aunt, Brandy (Kevin) Jackson; her dog that she loved so much, Tucker; many cousins along with several extended family members and many friends and loved ones.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Efrain and Kathy Maya.

Cremation has taken place.

A memorial visitation will be held from 4-6 P.M., Thursday, January 18, 2018 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego.

Private family burial of ashes will be held at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego at a later time.

Contributions in memory of Mahrijana may be made to the Allegan County Animal Shelter.

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  1. Amy & Kassie LaDuke says:

    Please accept my deepest sympathies for your loss; my thoughts and prayers are with you and your parents and our hearts feel heavy of this great loss.

  2. Toni Richie says:

    Genie and Family, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family. I cant imagine the heartache you are going thru. May god bless you in this time of sorrow. Thoughts and prayers to you all.

  3. Shelley munson says:

    Genie, Charlie and your whole family I send my deepest condolences to you and your whole family. I am so sorry for the loss to your whole family. I am hugging all of you and hoping that through all your pain you cherish your memories and laugh with all the humor and love she brought to all of you.

  4. Cary Smith says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this tough time

  5. Kerensa McCormick says:

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. I can’t imagine the heartache you’re going through may God bless you all in this time thoughts and prayers from all of us

  6. Shannon Aubill says:

    The Aubill family send our deepest sympathies. Our hearts are broken for you all. We love you and Mahrijana will always have a special place in our hearts.

  7. Gretchen Kershaw says:

    To All Family & Friends we are praying for you all and seeking the LORD to embrace you and hold you, keep you, strengthen you and walk you through second by second, minute by minute and day by day. Although we do not understand why things happen the way they do, one thing I pray you do know is that GOD IS FAITHFUL and HIS WORD is TRUE for ETERNITY! Praying for the PEACE that surpasses all understanding over all of you. Such a beautiful blessing she is and will remain.

  8. Kathy Cross says:

    Todd and I are absolutely heartbroken for everyone. Mari was a wonderful, full of life young girl. She will be missed everyday. Prayers to the family, love you guys.

  9. Heather Andrew Leet says:

    I am so very sorry for your loss and i love you guys and were praying for all the family that God will be with you and give you some comfort in this terrible time. I wish i could take away your pain. We love you and if theres anything you need please let me know.

  10. Kimberly Hinga says:

    My condolences to this family and friends. I had the privilege of meeting this young women, and enjoying her smile. Another beautiful angel looking over u. RIP Marhi. You will be greatly missed.

  11. Roy, Pam & Alesha Jackson says:

    You have our deepest condolences and prayers during this great loss to your family.

  12. Jim and Nancy Marks says:

    We are so so sorry for your entire family. I cannot express the sympathy we feel for you at this time. We are praying for you all.
    The Marks

  13. Larry and Mary Bogema says:

    To all of the family, we are sending prayers and asking God to give all of you strength and comfort to get through this loss, she was such a blessing to all that knew and loved her.Love Aunt Mary and Uncle Larry

  14. Gone way too soon. So young and still full of life. Heaven must need you more lovely lady. Our hearts are with all who loved her.

  15. Tera Hilton says:

    My deepest condolences to your family on loss of such a beautiful young girl. I can’t even imagine what you guys are going through. You guys are in my thoughts.

  16. Cristal boss says:

    So sorry for your loss I worked with maya at mcdonalds she bought smiles to everyone at mcdonalds she will be greatly missed

  17. The White says:

    My condolences are with your family! We’ll be praying for your entire family. RIH

  18. Heather Reed says:

    I’m at a loss of words! I’m so very sorry to hear this. My deepest condolences to the Bower family. Big hugs to you Nicky! Praying for you all through this difficult time.

  19. Susan Raven says:

    I was so saddened to hear of Mahri’s passing. I remember her as a beautiful, happy little girl in my kindergarten class who always had a smile for everyone. I only hope memories such as these help the family through this very difficult time.

  20. Stacey and Tracy Martin says:

    We are so sorry for your family’s loss. You are all in our thoughts. Love the Martin family.

  21. Anne Thomas says:

    Genie and family, My thoughts and prayers are with you all. God bless.

  22. Renee and Jeff McParlan says:

    Sweet Mahri would light up our home when she walked through the door! She was a wonderful friend to our Drea, always honest, caring and loyal. Our thoughts and love go to her family and her friends. May we all find comfort in the happy memories and her incredible personality!

  23. I’m so sorry to hear Nikki. My heart goes out to you and the family.
    If there’s anything we can do please don’t hesitate to msg or call anytime. All our prayers for you all

  24. Carla Springer says:

    Nicky, I am sorry to hear this. I love you.

  25. Amber Campbell says:

    I will always remember the first time I was introduced to this beautiful young lady by my son Alex Campbell and his long time friend Micheal Morey , I asked her why are you with these stinky boys ! She smiled and laughed . I am so truly sorry for your loss . May god wrap his arms around each and everyone who loved her so . I will pray for her , her family and her friends . Fly High sweet angel . You are loved by so many .

  26. Virg and Betty Sanford says:

    Our heart and prayers go out to the Maya family. She has joined her wonderful grandparents Efrain and Kathy Maya in heaven. The angels are rejoicing. I can just see Efrain smiling and Kathy saying “welcome home” my darling child.

  27. Teresa and Pete Post says:

    To both families and friends, we are so sorry about the loss of Mahri.
    She was such a beautiful girl inside and out. She was so young and had so much to look forward to .We will miss her very much, .You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  28. Carolyn & Jim Everts (SouthRidge Church) Kalamazoo says:

    We are friends of your great grand father Jim Boven
    She was a beautiful girl, we are so so sorry for your loss.
    Praying for peace and grieving with you. Please know we are giving your grandpa Jim lots of hugs.
    Sending Hugs to all of you..

  29. Kim Smith says:

    I am so very sorry for your loss. I met Mahri through my daughter Jordan at school. She always had a huge smile on her face every time i saw her. You will be in my continuous prayers. May God give you all the strength to get through this terrible loss.

  30. Londa Hamilton says:

    Genie and Family, I’m sorry to hear of Mahri’s passing. One evening her and I had a lovely visit while I shopped at Envy; she shared her sweetness, laughter, love of family and animals all while making over my Norman and aiding in my shopping experience. I will hold that memory and time close to my heart. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. May God’s embrace and the love of family and friends comfort and strengthen you.

  31. Tracee Dunlop (Envy) says:

    Dear Nicky, Genie and family… I’m so sorry for your loss, a beautiful soul has passed, but the memories shall never fade. Fly High Mahri.

  32. Mary Maya Galindo says:

    We are truly sorry for your loss of your daughter .May Jehovah and Jesus give you the strength to go on .. She will always be remembered by us in our You aunt Mary Maya Galindo and Sam from Eldorado Texas love you all.

  33. Deb Beck says:

    Saddened to hear of Mahrijana’s passing. Such a tragedy. Our love and prayers to the family. Aunt Joyce and family.

  34. Karen Davis says:

    We are so sorry for your loss of your daughter, We are praying for all.

  35. Andy Maya Galindo says:

    I did not know my beautiful cousin. I’m truly sorry,my heart is broken.

  36. Gene & Candy Gorbics says:

    Dear Bower family, Nicole, Chuck and Genie , Brandy and Charlie , We are saddened for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Your kind, loving, beautiful Mahrijana will always be remembered.

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