Briana Danielle Hixson
Briana Danielle Hixson
  • November 10, 1988 - July 2, 2017
  • Tempe, Arizona

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Briana "Brie" Danielle Hixson, aged 28, of Tempe, Arizona, died on Sunday, July 2, 2017. A loving mother, generous friend, and devoted family member, she will be missed by so many.

Brie was born on November 10, 1988, in Mesa, Arizona. She grew up and was educated in Jamestown and High Point, North Carolina. Briana attended the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where she met Tyler Hixson. The two married in Wilmington, North Carolina on July 17, 2011, and had two beautiful children.

Briana was passionate, energetic, and kind. She embraced her Native American heritage and loved sharing it with her children. Brie was a part of the San Carlos Apache Tribe, where her children are enrolled as well. She loved staying active and spending time outdoors, be it the beaches of Wilmington or the desert trails of Arizona. Briana was blessed with an amazing, devoted husband in Tyler, and together they created a beautiful family. She was a devoted mother who loved teaching and spending time with her children. Above all, Brie was destined to be Koda and Na'vi's mommy.

Briana is survived by her husband J. Tyler Hixson; children Jonathan Koda and Victoria Na'vi Hixson; parents Johnathan M. and Tina Evans Akins; paternal grandparents William H. and Rebecca R. Akins; sisters Emily and Hannah Akins, Heidi Matejicka, and Olivia Mayorga; brother Casey Edick; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Briana was predeceased by her mother Barbara Evans; father Burt McFarland; and maternal grandparents, Arthur and Georgene Evans.

Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to

Briana's family would like to express their deepest gratitude to friends and family who have offered so much love and support.