Jovan C. Willow

Jovan C. Willow, 24, died in a one-vehicle accident east of Shoshoni early Friday morning, May 18, 2012.

Funeral services are at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 25, at Rocky Mtn Hall at Fort Washakie on the Wind River Reservation. Burial will follow at the Sacajawea Cemetery.

A wake is at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 23, at the home of Alfred Willow, Sr., 343 Little Wind River Bottom Road, Arapahoe and a second wake on Thursday, May 24, at the Home of John Big Knife, 8198 US Hwy 26, Crowheart.

Jovan Charmayne Willow was born in Lander on Saturday, Jan. 23, 1988, the daughter of Alfred Willow and Jodi (BigKnife) Jorgenson.

She was a member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe.

Ms. Willow grew up in the Crowheart area and lived most of her life there. She also lived in Fort Hall, Idaho. She attended Lewis & Clark Middle School in Billings, MT and Wind River High School and graduated from Flandreau Indian High School in 2006.

Ms. Willow worked as a hostess at the Shoshone Rose Casino, Royal River Casino, Paintbrush Deli, and was a clerk at Arapaho Enrollment

She belonged to the Wind River Lutheran Church, where she was baptized and confirmed.

Her family said Ms. Willow enjoyed traveling, taking care of her children, being with her family and friends, listening to music, going for long drives, beading, and making jingle dresses.

She is survived by her parents, Alfred Willow, Sr., Jodi and husband Winston Jorgenson; Daughters, Diamond Willow Roy and Patricia Willow Roy and their father, Darren Roy; grandparents, John BigKnife, Lucille Willow, Mary L. Willow, Al Willow, Sr., Willie LeClair and Connie, Gladys Jefferson, Sandra Shields, Dorothy Gambler, Lillian Chavez, Leola Nagitsy, Angelina Wagon, Florence McLeod, Ivora Hill, Charlene Perry and Lee, Barbara Barney, Marcia Segura, Ivy Waterhouse, Anita Nipwater, Shirley Posey, Leora Knight, Jean Hobbs and Clement, Minnie BigKnife, Evelyn BigKnife, Alice Littlehead and Reuben, Ruby BigKnife, Mary Merasty and husband Joe, Joe BigKnife and Roberta, Skychild BigKnife and Yvonne, Nathaniel Barney, Delford Hill, Harold ouray, Gary Watson and Elaine, Ryan Waterhouse, Elaine Ingawanup, Maxine Edmo and family; Uncles, Ernest Willow, Jr., Douglas Willlow and Verna, Lydell Whiteplume and Anna, Acorn Jefferson, Vern Willow, Al Willow Jr. and Aloyious, Thomas Willow, Marcus Willow, Dorsey Willow and Barbara, Nelson White and Bonnie, Crawford White, Ryan Gambler, Norman Willow, Sr. and Sarah, Harley Big Knife, Bilford Nipwater, Jerry Fourcolors and Luanne, Anthony Hill, Sr., Kenny Mcleod, Newlynn Rodley, Quentin Ridley, Amos Mireau, Abraham Segura, James Segura, Aaron BigKnife, Purley BigKnife, Lex BigKnife, Duane Gopher, Hugh BigKnife, Tim Gopher, Taylor BigKnife, Shawn BigKnife, Jr. Mckean, Newman Ute and Marion, Sonny Atine; Aunts, Jovanna PlentyHoops, Samantha BigKnife, Samantha BigKnife, Grace Willow, Phyllis Robertson and husband Deland, Terry Willow, Beverly Willow, Wanda Willow, Danielle Friday and Robert, April Friday, Janell May, David “Powwow” Jefferson, Kathy Vann, Becky Bishop and Allen, Rita J. Willow, Marcene Willow, Mavis Willow, Gloria C’Bearing, Charlotte Goggles and Patrick, Karen Noon, Salina C’Bearing, Alvera Willow, Loris Goings, Laverne White, Sarah Littleshield, Hattie Willow, Annette Nipwater, Lola Nipwater, Alfreda Nagitsy, Percille Mcleod and Daniel Enos, Jacueline Mcleod, Leslie St. Clair, Ashley Mireau, Sara Segura, Tilda Nipwater, Pam Waterhouse, Cheryl Moss, Jospehine Dick, Sandra Nipwater, Mandy BigKnife, Charlene BigKnife, Charlotte BigKnife, Shelley Viall, Rachel BigKnife, Natalie BigKnife, Sydney Yellowtail, Sandra Blackwolf, Dorcus BigKnife, Annie Wahtomy, Bernita First, Susan Whitehorse, Paula Littlehead, Joyce Posey, Angelita Shoyo and Harrison “Bunny”, Debbie Dixey and Ivan Sr., Corrine Oldman, Marlena Grace Atine Brothers, Alfred Theodore Willow, Jr., Wolf Jon-Taylor Willow, Austin Lonebear, Redpipe Bruce Trosper, Naroy Willow, Joseph BigKnife and Jennifer Rivera, Duane Nagitsy, Terrance J. Tso, Randy Nagitsy, Myron Nipwater, Craig Chargingcrow, Marques Chargingcrow, Robert Brown, Darren Edmo, Darrell Northup, Levon BigKnife, Justin BigKnife, Kolt BigKnife, Willie Roy Ingawanup, Dwight Tinno, Byron Nipwater, Kyle Nipwater, Carlos Bianas, Dwight Harris, Jr., Winn Goodman Cody Fourcolors, Justin Fourcolors, Antoine Tidzump, Jay Hill, Timmy Hill, Russell Hill, Elway Hill, Deston Enos, Colden Perry, Kevin Eagle, Chaske Ridley, Bradley Hill, Devin Nagitsy, Duane Burnett, Jaleel Cotton, Lil Bear Watson, Raphael Watson, Brook Watson, Harrison Moss, Wisho Moss, Jacob Yupe, Marcus Yupe, Quincy Waterhouse, Virgil Whiteman, Jr., David Robertson, Le Grande Willow, Charles Willow, Terry Wilson, Rueben Quiver, Ben Aragon, Darrell Moss, Jr., Theodore Moss, John Moss, Rueben Track, Wendall Moss, Deland Dewey, Beaver C’Bearing, Norman P. Willow, Jr.; Sisters, Alicia Flora Willow, Cathy Mink, Marci Tinno, Leilani Fox, Letara Lebeau, Tasha Osbourne, Lacey Archambault, Angie Eastman, Betsy Fisherman, Alyssa Trosper, Amber Trosper, Loretta Whiteman and Mitchel, Alana Goodshield and Donavon, Tashina Tillman, Shauna Dewey and Arlyn, Cheryle Headley and Peri, Ivy Roberton and Shane, Annie Willow, Rita Willow Brown and Bo, Alta Willow, Sydney Willow, Miken Wilson and Lional, Willow Wilson and Dallas, Kayle Hill and Vernon, Tara Brown, Valene Brown and Vincent, Ivora James and Joe, Rana Mandan, Adele Guitteriz Cory Wallowingbull, Sunshine C’Bearing, Tweety Norse, Shaylynn Nipwater, Rachel Watson, Terry Watson, Charmayne Fourcolors, Lauren Fourcolors, Jamie Yupe; Nephews, Alfred Theodore Red Willow, III, Anthony Joseph Red Willow, Josie Hiddo Cantu, Miken Samuel Cantu, Qualyiss Tinno, Preston Brown, Devin Nagitsy, Jason Brown, Jr., Aiden Goodshield, Jayden Goodshield, Phillip Killsnight, Tyrek Willow, Leo Willow, Mason Willow, Yomini Miller, Dylan Stamp, Koby Stamp, Tyree Brown, Shannon Brown, Darrell Bell, Jr. Jerome Brown, Tristin Willow, Walkson Hill, Anthony SittingEagle, Arieyan Sitting Eagle, Azayael Wilson, Xavier Hill, Kayden Brown, Jonas Moon, Jr., Josiah Moon, Carlos Brown, Darrell Moss, Jr., Isaiah Moss, Tyler Moss, Jo James, Jr., Wendall Moss, Jr., and Devante Moss, Nieces, Aleena Nagitsy, Harmony Monroe, Alanita Monroe, Niyla Jo Red Willow, Janae Whiteman, Jaylee Whiteman, Shanelle Brown, Mitchaleen Warren, Charlene Goodshield, Delores Track, Rosemary Headley, Faith Headley, Gabriella Headley, Jayden Headley, Catherine Headley, Elayah Spoonhunter, Ashlee Spoonhunter, Aydne, Spoonhunter, Daylene Robertson, Mary Robertson, Delores Track, Lisa Gaines, Arleen Willow, Serene Spoonhunter, Jaylee Spoonhunter, Shaylene Bell, Madison Willow, Maya Wilson, Alayah Wilson, Rhylee Brown, Jaymie Moon, Destinee Joy Brown, Sadie Moss, Tanisha Lucille Moss, Leandra James, Joselin Enos, Rhiann Enos, Salome Enos, Layla Enos, Dana Edmo, Tara Edmo, Raelynn Nipwater, Ronnie Johnson, Nicole Johnson, Talisa Johnson, Ivy Johnson, Ana Cotton, Feather Harding, Skylene Harding, Kylie Harding, Kayleen Harding, Arilynn Yupe, Neveah Tinno, Cameron Hill, Annie Hill,, Rhylynn Hill, and Natasha Watson; Grand Nieces and Nephews, Labron Brown, Keenan Monroe, Lariya Brown; Darren Roy Family; Raone Little wolfe, Daniel Folstrom, Konrad Roy, Melena Folstrom, Leslie Wadena, Sylvia Roy, Jean Paul “JP” Roy.

She was preceded in death by; Great-Great Grandparents, Nana and Hiddo Barney, Charley and Nahmee Deepwater, and Chief Arimo “Edmo”, Great Grandparents, Sydney Willow, Sr., Naroy and Sadie Friday, Samuel and Dorothy Nipwater, Alice Deepwater, Big Knife and Flora Stump Big Knife, and Perry Barney, Grandfathers, Ernest Willow, Sr., Mike Willow, Sydney Willow Jr., Danielle Friday and Lydia, Leonard Friday, Theodore Friday, Louis H. Friday, Charles Nipwater, Floyd Nipwater, Wayne Nipwater, Samuel Nipwater Jr., Leroy Russell Nipwater, Larry Dean Nipwater, Alfred Nagitsy, and Dwight Osborne, Grandmothers, Louella Big Knife, Salina and Henry C’Bearing, Jane Baker, Ruth Friday, Rita Alice Nipwater, Geneva St. Clair, Emma Ute, Lorraine Nipwater, Angelita Nipwater, Vida Stump, Lillian Wahtomy, and Dorothy Ann Big Knife, Uncles, Merlin Willow, Lynn Willow, Patrick C’Bearing, Philbert Willow, Wayland Wetchie, Shawn Ridley, Ryan Mcleod, Doug St. Clair, and Marus Oldman, Sr., Aunts, Lenora Willow, Emma Armour, Henrietta C’Bearing, Lawayne Hill, Esmerelda Yupe, Selma Waterhouse, and Joselin Waterhouse, Brothers, Byron F. Willow, Eli C’Bearing, and Gerald Headley III, Sisters, Sonya Willow, Mary Willow, Desirae Eagle, and Jolynn Eagle; and former companion’s father Josh Roy.

On-line condolences may be posted at:

Services are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton.


  1. Floy Pepper Funmaker

    R I P JO …….. <3

  2. Cyndi Williams

    Rip Jovan may u have a safe journey home.

  3. Mercedes J. Red Bear

    R.I.P Jovan! <3

  4. Angeline Hart

    R.I.P. jovan! Prayers to your girls and family, have a safe journey.

  5. Angeline Hart

    R.I.P. jovan! Prayers to your girls and family, have a safe journey.

  6. Angeline Hart

    R.I.P. jovan! Prayers to your girls and family, have a safe journey.

  7. TaylaAnn Spears


  8. Kristen Renville Ojeda

    <3 Its still unbelievable…i just cant wrap my mind around it….RIP Jovan….always in my heart….prayers and condolences to your family and your babies….

  9. Jeremy Gilpin

    Love this girl. Always in my heart and apart of my prayers.

  10. Amanda Rydell-Zephier

    R.I.P Jovan! Have a safe journey!

  11. Jeremy Gilpin

    Its me jena posted under wrong name.

  12. Florence Shaw Trice

    R.I.P Jovan..Prayers to Your Family and children.. You will be missed very much, Always in our Prayers..

  13. Stormy Jay White Bull-Vivier

    r.i.p jovan you were a beautiful woman and mother you will be missed dearly.

  14. I Looked at the Sky Today and Noticed how beautiful It Was..Only because I Know your up there Looking down on your Family and Friends. Rest In Peace Jovan C Willow, I wished I Could make it to your services tonight but we all have our own way of saying Good Bye, So I'm gna buy balloons and send em off to the sky by you! :)

  15. Alexandria Janis

    oh my qawd really how sad:(

  16. Diane Van Dam Bailey

    God Bless.

  17. Sherry Cournoyer


  18. Lakota Mami Martinez

    RIP Jovan! Prayers and condolences to your babies n family…

  19. Rochelle Ranger


  20. Rick Drennen

    Rest in Peace. May God Bless you and your family.

  21. Love you Jovan.

  22. Just wanted to stop by to say that I have known Jovan when she was at Flandreau Indian School. I have always found her to be so polite. She worked hard in class and always did a good job in everything that she did. Even after she graduated, I got to see her in Flandreau when I was living there. She was always working and taking care of her kids. To find someone young like her to take on the responsibilities of a loving mother, it is truly a rare find. I saw her at the graduation when I was back from Kansas. She was looking at all the pictures in the hallway of all of the other graduates from years past….she was smiling as she looked at the names…and I know that she was taking a stroll down memory lane…of all the memories and good times that she had at FIS…Oh how I will miss her. It will be different from the way that I miss everyone else at FIS, because she was taken too soon. But I also know that Jovan is in good hands. She leaves a legacy of her two daughters…and I hope they will always know of the little things that she did went a long way to show her love.

  23. Shawne Rislov

    Rest in Peace Jovan-my prayers and thoughts are sent out to all family friends, and especially your 2 beautiful daughters-they were lucky to have such a wonderful mother and so sad to have you taken from them so young-but I know you will be watching over them and they will hold on to all the special memories. they have lots of family to help them thru this..have a safe journey and I was very lucky to have known you! you will be missed by many….

  24. Roger Good Shield Jr.

    R.I.P *JO* You will always be in my Prayers… Thoughts and Prayers for your family and Children…

  25. Paul Belgarde

    Cherish your memories and Love you Jo Ill keeP you IN mY Prayers.

  26. very well said Danelle! :) you were always one of my Favorite teachers! :) I can picture her lookin back too…

  27. Kathleen N LeAnna

    ~*~R.I.P Jovan~*~

  28. Kristen B Calixto

    RIP Jovan Willow.. Prayers go out to you and your family.. We Love You.. from your family in Oregon <3

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