In Memoriam Sasha Lee Atchley

Sasha Lee “Bear Cub, Sasha Bear” Atchley March 28, 1988 – December 26, 2023

Sasha Lee “Bear Cub, Sasha Bear” Atchley, 35, of Chiloquin, Ore., entered her spiritual journey on December 26, 2023, in Chiloquin, Ore.

Sasha was born on March 28, 1988, in Chiloquin, Ore., as a blessing to Aaron L. Gentry and the late Lee A. Crosier (Dillstrom). She was an enrolled member of the Klamath Tribes and a descendant of the Coquille Indian Tribe and the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Indian Reservation. Sasha was proud of her culture, expressing and showing it everywhere she went. During her younger years, Sasha loved to dance at powwows, starting in traditional, where she was blessed to wear her aunt Alicia’s buckskin, and later stepping into the fancy shawl category, where she would glide beautifully across the dance floor like a butterfly. Sasha was blessed to share her love of native dancing with her daughter Nikaya and was honored to uphold the cultural tradition of sharing her knowledge with her. She was proud to learn how to make regalia for her daughter to dance.

During Sasha’s precious time here on earth, she fought the battle of addiction several times and won. She blossomed into a beautiful soul, finding what she loved and becoming the best at anything she put her mind to. When the spooky Halloween season approached, she looked forward to being the store manager for the Spirit of Halloween, loving every minute of working for the company. Sasha took much pride in her work and enjoyed seeing her loved ones visit her at work, always making sure they would leave with everything they needed, from decorations to costumes. She loved making sure her family was taken care of.

Anyone who knew Sasha knew that once she set her mind on something, there was no stopping her. With that fire burning strong, Sasha proudly completed her G.E.D., becoming a certified Master Gardener through the Oregon State University Extension and reaching the Silver Ambassador level as a seller of her favorite Plexus products. Determined to expand her horizons, Sasha recently began pursuing an Associate’s degree.

Sasha loved athletics and took the utmost joy in being the assistant coach for her daughter’s volleyball team, where she led them to victory. Sasha also kept her artistic and creative side strong through beading and crocheting, proudly making and gifting her creations to her beloved family members. Sasha’s happiest of times were spent fishing at her favorite fishing spot with her significant other and daughter.

Sasha will always and forever be remembered for her beautiful, bright smile and her big laughter that filled the room with so much love. Her laugh will never be forgotten.

Sasha is survived by her grandparents, Don and Mary Gentry, father Aaron L. Gentry, significant other Craig Atchley, daughter Nikaya Skelton, sisters Kira Bazzano, Amelia Barbosa, Trinity and Brie Gentry, brother Elijah Gentry, aunts Alicia Gentry and Adria (Ruben) Paschal, and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Sasha is preceded in death by her great-grandmother Edna Dillstrom, grandparents Belvie and Jackie Dillstrom, great-grandfather Albert Summers Sr., great-grandmother Laura Picard Grabner, mother Lee A. Crosier (Dillstrom), and daughter Nastassia Halani Atchley.

Services will be held Saturday, January 6, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. at the Chiloquin Christian Center, 301 S. Chiloquin Blvd, Chiloquin, Ore. 97624. Burial will be at Hill Cemetery, and meal to follow at the Klamath Tribes goos oLgi gowa Community Center, 35601 Choke Cherry Way, Chiloquin, Ore. 97624 (intersection of Highway 62 and South Chiloquin Road).

The family requests that instead of flowers, donations be made to local organizations for gardening and animal rescue, for both were so very dear to her heart.

The family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to all who have offered and provided their support during this trying time.