Yancey Michaele Levis unexpectedly passed away from heart failure in her Ruidoso, New Mexico home on February 25, 2022. She is preceded in death by her parents, Mike and Tacey Levis.
Born on December 1, 1968 in Toledo, Ohio, Yancey was the eldest of three children born to Mike and Tacey Levis. Her family moved to Jacksonville, Florida for five years where she became a big sister to her brother, Ty. The family moved again to Ohio until they settled in Santa Fe where her sister, Lauren, was born. Yancey was a ballet dancer from a very young age up until her teenage years. As a young girl, Yancey rode horses and participated in barrel racing as per her father’s guidance. Yancey attended Santa Fe High School and was on the swim and diving teams. After high school, she briefly attended NM State University in Las Cruces.
Yancey’s greatest pride was becoming a mother to her daughter, Marri, joining Brian Eck in parenthood in 1993. Yancey followed her heart to Arizona where she lived in Phoenix for several years working and sharing custody with Brian to raise their daughter. After the passing of her mother in 2016, Yancey found her way home to New Mexico. She bought a house in Ruidoso for her and her beloved rescue dog, Bella. Yancey was a spiritual person who loved astrology, music, ravens, butterflies, hummingbirds, and being amongst nature. Yancey did not hide her struggles with alcohol addiction and was vocal about her plight to sobriety. She gained sobriety in the months before and leading to her passing and during this time, she rediscovered the joys of self-care, nature and love for her family.
Yancey is survived by her daughter, Marri Cano and wife Recka; and her granddaughter, Trinity Michaele. Her memory will be cherished by her brother, Ty and his family; her sister, Lauren; her best friend, Brian Eck; and dozens of cousins, aunts and uncles.
A celebration of Yancey’s life will be held at the home of Ty and Jess Levis on Saturday, June 25, 2022. Friends and family of Yancey are welcome to join in this celebration.
In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made in Yancey’s name to the Humane Society of Lincoln County in Ruidoso or the Turning Point Recovery Center in Albuquerque.
The family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home.