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March 6, 2014
LEXINGTON, Ky. — A reception for Marvelle Johnson was held March 2 at Central Baptist Church in Lexington, Ky., followed by a remembrance.
Marvelle was born in Little Rock, Ark., to the late C.C. and Barbara Hoggard on May 27, 1936. She died in her home on Elkhorn Creek on Feb. 21, 2014.
A talented pianist, at a very young age Marvelle played piano for her local church, but soon learned to bust out the boogie woogie, heavy on the left hand.
In high school she was very athletic and competitive, loving to play softball and basketball. On bus rides to basketball games, she fell for a skinny kid named Lloyd, beginning their lifelong love affair with each other and the family they created.
She studied psychology at Mary Hardin Baylor, Ouchita Baptist College, and graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in family counseling.
In 1958, Marvelle extended her family by joining Central Baptist Church. She was one of their first woman deacons, taught Sunday school for 30-plus years, and along with some dear friends started Central's day care program.
Marvelle devoted time and passion to helping improve the lives of women and children. With the Neighborly Organization of Women, she was involved with the first Lexington community kindergarten for children in need. For many years she worked with Mother to Mother, providing one-on-one mentoring to struggling young mothers. She was trained as a CASA advocate representing children's needs and preferences in court cases. She also served on the board in the early days of God's Pantry Food Bank, which continues to provide food for those in need.
In 1992, Marvelle and Lloyd left Kentucky to spend five years at Northern Arizona University. They created the STAR-PALS program, to help recruit and retain Native American students in the engineering program. Officially employed as a counselor, Marvelle became a second mother to her students, providing love and encouragement to kids far from home. She never gave up on a student; her involvement gave many the desire and drive to finish their degree.
In fact, Marvelle became a second mother (and grandmother) to kids throughout her life, from the youth at her church, to her students at Flagstaff, to her nieces, nephews and friends of her children and grandchildren. Everyone whose life she touched recognized her gift for listening and connection. She was a trusted confidante for so many dear friends throughout her life, and a model of compassion and tolerance.
Her passion for reading and music, for cooking and dancing, for grand sunsets and tiny ferns and stones, for late-night conversations, and for all the people she loved remains with us, as does the bright light of her wide, wide smile.
Marvelle is survived by her husband of 58 years, Lloyd Johnson; children, Robin Johnson (Diana Little), Bryce Johnson, and Stephanie (Sean) Parkin; siblings, Lynn (Jimmie) Taylor and Donnie (Barbara) Hoggard; and grandsons, Calvin and Sam Parkin.
In lieu of flowers, donate to the Marvelle Johnson Memorial Scholarship fund, which will be awarded to female engineering students at Northern Arizona University: United Bank, Marvelle Johnson Memorial, 200 East Main, Georgetown, KY 40324. Or via Paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For those wanting to contact Lloyd Johnson, he can be reached at email@example.com or at 502-863-5864.
Marjorie Jane Charley
TUBA CITY — Funeral services for Marjorie Jane Charley, 78, were held Feb. 18 in Tuba City, followed by interment at Tuba City community cemetery.
Marjorie was born June 14, 1935, in Tuba City, into the Towering House Clan, born for the Bitter Water Clan. Her cheiis were the Many Goats Clan; nalis were of the Edgewater Clan. She died Feb. 14, 2014, at the Flagstaff Medical Center in Flagstaff, from complications related to diabetes, a battle she fought for as long as she could, which she tried to teach and warn her children and grandchildren about.
Marjorie attended school up to 6th grade, which was high school status at that time. Married young, she started working outside to help keep up with her growing family. She worked various jobs. Her last one was as a housekeeping aide at the Tuba City IHS until she was injured on the job in 1987.
Although she was a stern woman, she was also a woman of substance full of love for her family, music and homemaking tasks like sewing. She used to sew her children's back to school clothes on her treadle powered Singer sewing machine. She sang to Fats Domino and danced in her little kitchen in Winona, Ariz.
Later she began to do some special sewing and designing of prayer shawls which she loved to do, and we believe she gave away more as gifts than selling and making money from it. She loved traveling until she was diagnosed with diabetes, which she felt limited her ability to do things she loved.
Marjorie is survived by her husband, Joe Charley Sr.; son, Joe Charley Jr.; daughters, Valarie A Jim, Jacqueline Bitsuie, and Carmelita C. Charley; brother, Jerry Tisi; sister, Alberta Yazzie; and 22 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Marjorie is preceded in death by her mother, Yazzie Roberts; sons, Wilburt Yazzie Charley and Chester David Charley; daughters, Terry Ann Charley and Angelita Charley; sisters, Priscilla Begay and Gloria A Davis; and three granddaughters.
Pallbearers were Carlton Jim Sr., Carlton Jim Jr., Ben H. Charley, Christopher June, Jerimiah Webster, and Tully Jim Jr.
Honorary pallbearers were Joe Charley Sr., Joe Charley Jr., and Jerry Tisi.
PAGE, Ariz. - Funeral services for Alfonso Mannie, 56, will be held Friday, March 7, at 11 a.m. at the Page LDS Stake Center (1301 North Navajo Drive). Burial will follow at Page cemetery.
Alfonso was born June 29, 1957, to Marie M. Yazzie and the late Francis F. Mannie in Ganado, Ariz., into the Ma'ii Deeshgiizhinii (Coyote Pass) Clan, born for Tábaahá (Water's Edge) Clan. He died peacefully March 1, 2014, at the Ryan House Hospice in Phoenix.
Alfonso's elementary years were spent in Roosevelt, Utah. He graduated from Provo High School in Provo, Utah, while enrolled in the Placement LDS Program.
Alfonso worked at Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation and SRP/Navajo Generating Station in Page, as a maintenance supervisor. Alfonso was an avid NASCAR, Phoenix Suns and Arizona Cardinals fan. He loved car races, monster trucks and guns. His hobbies included bike riding, boating, hiking, and traveling.
Alfonso is survived by his wife, Annie (Curley) Mannie; daughter, Alvira (Var) Mannie of Avondale, Ariz.; stepsons, Leslie and Joshua Jackson; stepdaughter, Jamie Barlow of Phoenix; mother, Marie M. Yazzie; brothers, Victor Mannie and Andrew Mannie of Denver; sisters, Victoria Klain and Colleen Mannie, all of Page; and nine grandchildren.
Alfonso is preceded in death by his father, Francis F. Mannie; sister, Thelma Mannie; brothers, Franklin Mannie and Steven Mannie; and son, Orlando Mannie.
Pallbearers will be Victor Mannie, Andrew Mannie, Bryan Tsosie, David Mannie, Xavier Lewis, Lemuel Spean, Rymond Curley, and Cedric Barlow.
A reception will take place at the LDS Stake Center following services.
Norvel Owen Mortuary of Flagstaff, is handling the arrangements.
TOHAJIILEE, N.M. – Funeral services for Charlene Delgarito, 50, of To'hajiilee, N.M., will be held Saturday, March 8, at 10 a.m. at the Immanuel House of Prayer Church in To'hajiilee, with Evangelist Gene Martinez Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in To'hajiilee.
Charlene was born into the Tábaahá (Water's Edge) Clan, born for Áshiihi (Salt People) Clan. She died Feb. 27, 2014, in Albuquerque.
Charlene attended Thoreau Middle School and worked odd jobs. She enjoyed cattle and ranch work, loved horses and beading arts and crafts.
Charlene is survived by her fiancé, Cecil Art Chapo; sons, Eddie Dakai Jr. and Volton Chavez; daughters, Lisa Secatero, Sharlissa Chavez, Christal Chavez, and Allisa Chavez; sister, Cathy L. Chavez; and grandchildren, Angel Lee Purley and Khalob Skylar Secatero.
Charlene is preceded in death by her parents, Jimmy Delgarito and Anita Chavez; sister, Darlene Chavez; and daughter, Cheryl Dakai.
Pallbearers will be Eddie Dakai Jr., Jeremiah Burns, Philbert Chapo, Harold Mariano, Billson Chapo, and Erwin Chavez.
Honorary pallbearers will be Art Chapo, Volton Chavez, Robinson Chapo, Christopher Chavez, Elroy Chavez, and Rick Padilla.
A reception will be held at the To'hajiilee Desiderio Center following services.
Daniels Family Funeral Services – Alameda Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.