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Dec. 5, 2013
Harry James Nez
BLACK MESA, Ariz. - Funeral services for Harry James Nez, 51, of Shonto, Ariz., were held Nov. 30 at the Mesa View Baptist Church in Black Mesa, Ariz., with his son, James Nez, officiating. Interment followed at the family plot along with a reception at John and Mabel Nez's residence in Black Mesa.
A memorial service was also held Dec. 1 at the Onala Services Building in Pittsburg, Penn., with his friend, David Smith, officiating.
Harry was born Aug. 6, 1962, in Dallas, Texas, into the çshiihi (Salt People) Clan, born for Ta'neeszahnii (Tangle) Clan. He died Nov. 24 in Pittsburg.
Harry graduated in 1981 from Monument Valley High School and was a student athlete. He enjoyed cooking, beading, drawing, the outdoors, and traveling. He will always be remembered for his humor, stories and million-dollar smile.
Harry is survived by his mother, Mabel Nez; father, John Nez; sisters, Nancy Black and Helen Nez; brother, Jonathan Nez; daughter, Bobbi Rose Nez; sons, James Nez, Gary Nez, and Ramone Nez; and grandson, Cooper Ray Nez.
Harry is preceded in death by his grandfather, H. T. Donald; and grandmother, Mae Donald.
Pallbearers were Gary Nez, Ramone Nez, Marcus Bitsui, Nathan Stands, Sean Nez, and Tyler Donald.
Honorary pallbearers were James Nez, Harold Donald, Lee Donald, and Kurt Jim.
Services were provided by Valley Ridge Mortuary in Tuba City.
Jay Bruce Hoover
FREDERICK, Okla. - Funeral services for Jay Bruce Hoover, 75, of Frederick, Okla., were held Nov. 29 at the First Christian Church in Frederick, with Rev. Mark Sewell officiating. Interment followed at the Frederick Memorial Cemetery, under the direction of Jackson Funeral Home.
Bruce was born to Merrill and Helen (Swartz) Hoover on Nov. 2, 1938, in Frederick, and was raised in the Laing community east of Tipton. He died Nov. 24, 2013, in Lawton, Okla., just a few weeks after his wife and youngest daughter were laid to rest.
Bruce attended Laing School, where he participated in basketball, baseball, and FFA graduating in 1957. He attended Cameron University and OSU graduating from OSU with a bachelor's degree. He later received his master's degree in administration from Northern Arizona University.
Bruce married Barbara Gayle HooverÑthe love of his lifeÑin 1961, and they were married 52 years. Gayle preceded him in death on Oct. 15, 2013.
Bruce was a passionate educator for the Bureau of Indian Affairs. He worked in Chilocco, Okla., Washington, D.C., and Fort Wingate, N.M., where he worked for 28 years. He loved working with the Navajo people and was chief school administrator of Wingate High School for 26 years. He also coached football, basketball, and track during that time. He was a proud supporter of Wingate High School athletics. In 1991, Bruce received the national honor of being selected Principal of the Year by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Upon retirement in 1996, Bruce and Gayle moved back to Frederick, where they were active in the community. They helped with Meals on Wheels as well as the Tillman County Food Bank. Bruce was involved in Rotary Club and in the First Christian Church, where he served as elder in addition to teaching Sunday school and was the current chairman of the board. Bruce was named Frederick's Most Useful Citizen in 2010.
Bruce loved sports and was a big fan of OSU, the Dallas Cowboys, and the Wingate Bears. He was very proud of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and enjoyed attending their sports activities as well as following their other hobbies and interests. He also enjoyed traveling with Gayle.
Bruce is survived by his daughters, Holly Fite and husband Steven of Willow, Okla., and Kandy Hoover of Lawton; sister, Marilyn Miller and spouse Gene of Irvine, Calif.; brother, Charles Hoover and wife Debbie of Durango, Colo.; and six grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren, including a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Bruce is preceded in death by his parents as well as his wife Gayle and daughter Robin Hoover.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Christian Church, the Tillman County Food Bank, or the Senior Citizens Center in Frederick.
An online guest book is available at www.jacksonfuneral.net.
Harlan D. Nez
FORT DEFIANCE - Graveside services for Harlan D. Nez, 54, will be held Saturday, Dec. 14, at the family burial site at Natural Bridge, Fort Defiance. A planning meeting for family and friends will be held Thursday, Dec. 5, at the Fort Defiance Chapter House.
Harlan was born Oct. 15, 1959, in San Diego, Calif., into the Ma'ii deeshgiizhinii (Coyote Pass) Clan, born for Tódich'ii'nii (Bitter Water) Clan. He passed away Nov. 27, 2013, in Port Angeles, Wash.
Harlan graduated from Window Rock High School in 1977 and completed some college courses at the University of Arizona in Tucson. He enlisted in the U.S. Army, receiving a medical discharge in January 1978. He worked for NTUA in the electric meter department in Fort Defiance and held various other jobs in Phoenix and Tucson.
After moving to Port Angeles, he worked and volunteered for the Serenity House of Clallam County, a community based non-profit organization that provides shelter and services for the homeless. For the past two years he was night manager for the Street Outreach Shelter.
Harlan is survived by his daughter, Megan Nez; mother, Susie Nez; brothers, Harry (Patricia) and Harold (Jennifer); sister, Ophelia; nephews, Anthony and Nicholas; and niece, Nicole.
Harlan is preceded in death by his father, Staff Sgt. Harry D. Nez Sr.
Final arrangements provided by Drennen-Ford Funeral home in Port Angeles and Silver Creek Mortuary in Tse Bonito, N.M.
Anna Clark Ashley
HOUCK, Ariz. -- Funeral services for Anna Clark Ashley, 95, of Querino, Ariz., were held Dec. 4 at the Good News Mission in Houck, Ariz., with Eugene Chee officiating. Interment and a reception followed in Houck.
Anna was born June 18, 1918, in Sanders, Ariz., into the Ma'ii deeshgiizhinii (Coyote Pass) Clan, born for Tsi'naajinii (Black Streak Wood People) Clan. She died Nov. 28, 2013, in Albuquerque.
Anna attended Sanders Elementary School up to the second grade. She worked for Pine Springs School as a cook, Indian Ruins as a janitor, and trading posts as a weaver. She enjoyed rug weaving, doing puzzles, coloring, and watching movies during her free time.
Anna is survived by her sons, Larry Ashley and Leonard Ashley; daughters, Jennie Slick and Anna Lee Ashley; brothers, Frank Clark and Howard Clark; and 54 grandchildren, 99 great-grandchildren, and 16 great-great-grandchildren.
Anna is preceded in death by her husband, John Ashley; parents, John Clark and Mary Begay; and Harry, Edward, Virginia, Stanley, and Clinton.
Pallbearers were Fred Tso, Andre Ashley, Darrell Ashley, Orlando Begay, Cerone Murphy, and Vincent Preston.
Honorary pallbearer was Melcom George.
Tse Bonito Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.
Gregory Jensen Lee
GANADO, Ariz. -- Funeral services for Gregory Jensen Lee, 18, of Red Rock, N.M., were held Nov. 30 at the Catholic Church in Ganado, Ariz., with Brother Charles officiating. Interment and a reception followed in Ganado.
Gregory was born Oct. 13, 1995, in Gallup, into the Tsé njikini (Honey Combed Rock People) Clan, born for Haltsooi (Meadow People) Clan. He died Nov. 23, 2013, in Red Rock.
Gregory attended Central High School and was self-employed. He was a sweet, lovely, intelligent little brother. He loved to be around his daughters, family, brothers, and friends. He enjoyed playing basketball, joking around, and listening to music.
Gregory is survived by his wife, Danielle Roberts; daughters, Marqual Sharon Lee and Tiara Shai Lee; mother, Corandina Smith; brothers, Thomas Lee Jr., Gabriel Lee, and Tyrell Lee; sisters, Shivonna Lee, Kerianne Lee, Yvonne Lee, and Amanda Tom; maternal grandfather, Hugh Smith; and paternal grandparents, Joe and Marie Lee.
Gregory is preceded in death by his father, Thomas Lee Sr.; brothers, Nicholas Yazzie and Myron Smith; and sister, Michelle Smith.
Pallbearers were Gabriel Lee, Tyrell Lee, Jay Marco Smith Jr., Kevin Billie, Wilbert Lilly, and Jermane Charley.
Honorary pallbearers were Thomas Lee Jr., Leroy Jim, Hugh Smith, Marco Smith Sr., Anthony Lemus, and Shivonna Lee.
Silver Creek Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.
Barbara Jean Charlie Morris
WINSLOW, Ariz. -- Funeral services for Barbara Jean Charlie Morris, 68, were held Dec. 2 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Winslow, Ariz.
Barbara was born Sept. 6, 1945, to George Shemetewa and Rosemary Begay Charlie in Fort Defiance. She died Nov. 22, 2013, after a courageous and hard fought battle with liver cancer at the Hospice of the Valley in Mesa, Ariz.
Barbara graduated from Wayne High School in Bicknell, Utah, and went on to school at the Latter Day Saints Business College in Salt Lake City, Utah.
She married Henry T. Morris on July 25,1967, in Holbrook, Ariz. She enjoyed working as an administrative assistant for services and sales for 15 years, at corporate offices, at Bureau of Indian Affairs, and in the Apache Junction Arizona School District.
Barbara was a dedicated wife and mother. She was devoted to her children and grandchildren. She was unselfish loving others with whom she came in contact. She loved children as she worked for the Apache Junction School District. She was a helpmate to her husband in Native American silversmithing andÊtraveled with him on business trips. She was dearly loved and will be deeply missed.
Barbara is survived by her loving husband of 46 years, Henry T. Morris; children, Henry T. Jr., and Michelle; grandchildren, Kathryn and Duane who were the light of her life; siblings, Shirley S. (Ray) Midget of Bear River City, Utah, George Rudy S. Charlie of Albuquerque, Becky Charlie of Pinetop, Ariz., Louie (Leta) Shemetewa of Pine, Ariz., Newton Johnny (Jeannie) Charlie of Winslow, Lyman (Evelyn) Charlie of Penasco N.M., and Nevada Soto of Salt Lake City, Utah; foster mother, Norma Turner; foster brother, David Turner; and brother in law, James Morris.
Barbara is preceded in death by her father George, her mother Rosemary, and a brother Ricky.
The family thanks the staff at Hospice of the Valley and the bishopric and members of Apache Junction, and Patterson Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for their care and assistance.
Greer's Mortuary of Winslow was in charge of arrangements.
Condolences can be sent to www.greersmortuary.com
James Lee Dawes
ST. MICHAELS, Ariz. -- Graveside services for James Lee Dawes, 52, of St. Michaels, Ariz., were held Dec. 2 at the St. Michaels cemetery. A reception followed at the St. Michael's gym.
James was born Nov. 4, 1961, in Fort Defiance, into the Tótsohnii (Big Water) Clan, born for Táchii'nii (Red Running Into the Water People) Clan. He died Nov. 23, 2013, in St. Michaels.
James attended high school at the cathedral in Gallup. He was a people person and jack-of-all-trades who was loved by many and was always a giver.
James is survived by his daughters, DeAnn Upshaw and Regina Dawes; parents, Jessie Ross and Johnny Dawes-Perkins; brothers, Aaron Ross and Eric Ross; sisters, Janet Dawes, Janice Dawes, and Julie Richards; grandparents, Lucy and Frank Lee; and one grandson, Jakeem Dawes-Upshaw.
Pallbearers were Jakeem Dawes-Upshaw, Michael Upshaw, Eric Ross, Aaron Ross, Gregory Dawes, and Lance Joe.
Honorary pallbearers were Johnny Perkins Jr. and Floyd Dawes.
Silver Creek Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.
Velma Ann Yazzie Hogan
GANADO, Ariz. -- Funeral services for Velma Ann Yazzie Hogan, 41, of St. Michaels, Ariz., were held Nov. 27 at the St. Michaels Catholic Church with Father Patrick Schaffer officiating. Interment and a reception followed in Ganado, Ariz.
Velma was born Sept. 1, 1972, in Fort Defiance, into the Naakai dine'é (Mexican) Clan, born for Tódich'ii'nii (Bitter Water) Clan. She died Nov. 23, 2013, in Las Cruces, N.M.
Velma was a homemaker who loved traveling, caring for animals, cooking, and spending time with her family.
Velma is survived by her daughters, Rachel Esquibel, Robin Croll, and Leah Orstrich; mother, Virginia A. White; brothers, Edison Yazzie Jr. and Duane Yazzie; sisters, Marsha James, Jennifer Bahe, and Cynthia Smiley; grandmother, Margaret Chee; and one grandchild.
Velma is preceded in death by her father, Edison Yazzie Sr.
Pallbearers were Edison Yazzie Jr., Melvin Dalgai, Paul Dalgai, Myron James, Ben Benally, and Leonard Tsosie.
Honorary pallbearers were family members and Darrell Smiley.
Silver Creek Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.