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Mayra Fernanda Altamirano

August 21, 1991 - June 24, 2012
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When Mayra Fernanda Altamirano walked into the room, those in her company felt energy, an enthusiastic spontaneity. This was just one example of who Mayra was and how she impacted those around her. Mayra was a clever and gregarious person who always sought out the finest attributes in other people. It was as if Mayra wanted to share all of their experiences, revel in their lives and celebrate their discoveries. Mayra was tireless and had boundless enthusiasm that would serve her well throughout her life.       Mayra was born on August 21, 1991 at Carlos Roberto Huembes Ministry of Interior Hospital in Managua, Nicaragua. She was the daughter of Jackie Adams and Raymond Roberts. Mayra was raised in San Jose, California/ RAF Lakenheath, England and Las Vegas, Nevada. Always at the ready with a good joke, she grew up to be quite a humorous person. While some who knew Mayra might describe her as an idealist, her friends and family understood well that Mayra was always in pursuit of life’s endless possibilities and opportunities available to her.       Mayra was raised with two siblings. She had two younger sisters, Stephanie and Emily. Mayra was very accepting and supportive of her family. She was perceived as the central person in her family in terms of keeping communication open between the family members. Whenever discord or tension arose within the home, Mayra was typically the member who brought...
When Mayra Fernanda Altamirano walked into the room, those in her company felt energy, an enthusiastic spontaneity. This was just one example of who Mayra was and how she impacted those around her. Mayra was a clever and gregarious person who always sought out the finest attributes in other people. It was as if Mayra wanted to share all of their experiences, revel in their lives and celebrate their discoveries. Mayra was tireless and had boundless enthusiasm that would serve her well throughout her life.

      Mayra was born on August 21, 1991 at Carlos Roberto Huembes Ministry of Interior Hospital in Managua, Nicaragua. She was the daughter of Jackie Adams and Raymond Roberts. Mayra was raised in San Jose, California/ RAF Lakenheath, England and Las Vegas, Nevada. Always at the ready with a good joke, she grew up to be quite a humorous person. While some who knew Mayra might describe her as an idealist, her friends and family understood well that Mayra was always in pursuit of life’s endless possibilities and opportunities available to her.

      Mayra was raised with two siblings. She had two younger sisters, Stephanie and Emily. Mayra was very accepting and supportive of her family. She was perceived as the central person in her family in terms of keeping communication open between the family members. Whenever discord or tension arose within the home, Mayra was typically the member who brought about resolution and harmony. These traits served Mayra well in her adult life and, along with her wit, outgoing personality, and understanding of others, drew the admiration of many who knew her.

      As a young girl, Mayra was able to empathize and identify with a vast array of people and personality types. This quality drew her into a diverse group of friends and acquaintances. Mayra was intelligent and had little trouble getting along with her peers. She was almost always the first to jump in when it came to playing games or participating in other childhood activities. Mayra took part in gymnastics, soccer, basketball and cheerleading. She was a Girl Scout and a member of Candlelighters. In her spare time she liked cards (Pokemon) and Barbies. Mayra's memorable achievements included citizenship awards, and she was an A's Student. Mayra had the ability to find amusement with almost any activity she and the many childhood friends she shared might discover.

      During her high school years, Mayra responded enthusiastically to any new project and was regularly in search of one adventure after another. Mayra was a very good student, and generally did well in her courses. Mayra absorbed as much as she could from all of her teachers and was consistently able to tackle conceptual and abstract problems, using her imagination to master her assignments. For Mayra, school often became just an extension of playtime, thanks to her ability to turn just about anything into a game. Classmates considered Mayra a good listener, knowing that when necessary, they could go to her to discuss just about anything.

      With a talent for making acquaintances easily which in turn brought her an endless stream of friends, Mayra was very sociable and could blend without effort into any social group. Assertive and outgoing, Mayra was easy to know and demonstrated a deep concern for others. She always seemed aware of what was going on with people around her and throughout her life she made many, many friends. While growing up, some of her best friends were Chelsea Holman, Jessica Kirvin and Auston Johnson. Later in life, she became friends with Dominic Quattrini, Jenae Miller, Jenny Omana, Paula Erlinch.

      Because Mayra loved to have a broad variety of activities in her life, she took advantage of the opportunity to pursue numerous hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were arts and crafts, singing and painting. Mayra had a knack for being able to multi-task in order to create time for all of her favorite pastimes. However, Mayra's ever-present concern for others always took precedent.

      Throughout her life, Mayra was actively involved in professional and community organizations. She was compassionate, accommodating and quick to move into action. Always able to build a consensus, Mayra seemed to be the person smack dab in the middle of things, working to get things done. Those who had the opportunity to work with Mayra usually agreed that when you were involved in an organization with her, it was as entertaining as anything you could imagine. In high school, Mayra was a member of the A. P. I. Club, Candlelighters Teen scene.

      Because Mayra was constantly in the center of things and where the action was, she always seemed willing to join in and help, regularly getting involved in community activities. Mayra's gift of planning and improvisation, along with a talent for rallying support, made her a great asset. Mayra found new ways of getting things done in order to help make just about every activity more efficient and enjoyable. Mayra was an active member of several community groups, serving on committees for the Riders for Candlelighters Kids.

      Though she never did anything solely for individual recognition, Mayra's ingenuity, resourcefulness, and selflessness, earned her accolades for her many lifelong efforts. Some of her most prestigious awards included Ray of Hope Honoree.

      Mayra's love of improvising in her daily life was a perfect fit for her enjoyment of traveling. Her favorite vacations were ones that were not planned. Traveling in a casual manor fit her personality well. Excited about seeing changing scenery and constantly looking for the enjoyment life could offer, Mayra took her vacations seriously, well, as seriously as she possibly could. Favorite vacations included Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Mexico and San Diego.

      Mayra was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. Buddy Boy, a Black Lab dog and Wanda, a Black Lab, was a best friend for Buddy for 7 years and Wanda for 9 years.

      Mayra Altamirano passed away on June 24, 2012 at Summerlin Hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada as a result of Leaukemia AML, Bone Marrow Transplant, Graft versus host disease. She is survived by her mother Jackie, her Daddio Raymond, her sisters Stephanie and Emily and her grandmother Mayra. Services were held at Palm Mortuary.

      There was always a certain style and inventiveness to Mayra. She was a dynamic, self-expressive person who was forever looking to celebrate the endless possibilities life had to offer. She had a knack for being clever, creative and witty, and for others, was a joy to be around. While she was often fiercely independent, it seemed as if many others looked to Mayra Altamirano for inspiration, leadership, wisdom and even courage. Mayra was always more than willing to share life’s experiences with her loved ones.

"Mayra touched my heart the moment I met her and her beloved Grandmother Mayra at Sunrise. Miss Mayra didn't feel sorry for herself and always wanted to help..." Patricia Pena (Grants, NM)

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