Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Amanda Jennifer Aiona, 35, of Virginia Beach

Amanda Jennifer Aiona (Weymouth Funeral Home & Crematory)

We say farewell to Amanda Jennifer Aiona (Barnes), age 35 of Va Beach, VA who succumbed to her battle with cancer on June 16, 2024. Amanda was a native of Newport News, VA. She graduated from Menchville High School and obtained her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Old Dominion University.

Amanda had a fond admiration for children and worked as an occupational therapist in private and public-school settings. She volunteered her time each year with the Surfer’s Healing charity in Va Beach.

Amanda was a devoted wife, mother, sister, granddaughter, cousin, and friend. She cherished every moment spent with her family. She had a kind heart, illuminating smile, and solid family connection.

Amanda was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Joseph Martello; aunt, Kathy Dixon; cousin, Matthew Dixon, paternal grandparents, Ruth Wightman and David Barnes, Sr.

Amanda’s life was anchored by her love of family. She is survived by her devoted husband, Brandon, and 2 sons, Joseph James (JJ) and Kainoa (Noa) Matthew. She is also survived by her father, David Barnes and mother, Joanne of Newport News; maternal grandmother, Olga Martello of Newport News; sister, Kristie Croft and husband, Jerry (JJ); niece, Payton and nephew, Braxton of Newport News; brother, Micheal Dixon and wife, Kelse and nephew, Bellamy of Newport News.

The family would like to recognize Dr. Nina Balanchivadze of Virginia Oncology Associates of Va Beach for her dedication, advocacy, and loyalty to Amanda and Brandon in this journey. The family would also like to say “THANK YOU” to a host of supportive and loving family and close friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made toward a GoFundMe to assist with medical bills, day care, children’s educational future or to Surfer’s Healing VB.

The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. to noon on Thursday, June 27, 2024 at Weymouth Funeral Home, 12746 Nettles Dr., Newport News, VA 23606. Celebratory Services will begin at noon at the funeral home with interment to follow at Peninsula Memorial Park. There will be a reception at James River Country Club following the graveside.

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