Obituaries

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July 24, 2014


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Magdalena Dorene Toledo

CUBA, N.M. -- Graveside service for Magdalena Dorene Toledo, 40, of Torreon, N.M., will be held Friday, July 25, at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church cemetery in Cuba, with Kevin McCorland officiating.

Magdalena was born into the Kinlichii'nii (Red House) Clan, born for Kiyaa'aanii (Towering House) Clan. She died July 17, 2014, in Albuquerque.

Magdalena obtained her GED and nurse aide certificate from Albuquerque Job Corps. She worked in a nursing home and enjoyed music, dancing and sightseeing.

Magdalena is survived by her children, Vince and Nicole; brother Andy Toledo; and sister, Lucy Toledo.

Magdalena is preceded in death by her parents, John Kee Chee Toledo and Louie Toledo; and grandmother, Louise M. Toledo.

Pallbearers will be John Spillman, Fredrick Castillo, Larry Toledo, Steven Toledo, and Allison Toledo.

Honorary pallbearer will be Ronnie Castillo.

A reception will take place at Elaine Sunday's residence, located across 7 Junction, following service.

Daniels Family Funeral Services-Alameda Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Rita Perry Yazzie

CROWNPOINT -- Funeral services for Rita Perry Yazzie, 74, will be held Friday, July 25, at 10 a.m. at the Hosannah Pentecostal Church. Burial will follow at the Crownpoint cemetery.

Rita was born Dec. 16, 1939, in Borrego Pass, N.M., into the çshiihnii (Salt People) Clan, born for Ta'neeszahnii (Tangle) Clan. She died July 20, 2014, in Gallup.

Rita was a homemaker, rancher and rug weaver. She enjoyed making baskets and beadwork.

Rita is survived by her sons, Mike Yazzie, Richard Yazzie and Ricky Yazzie.

Rita is preceded in death by her father, Stephen Perry Sr.; mother, Marie Perry; grandparents, Cecil Navajo and Eith Kéh Nas baah Navajo; brothers, Andrew Perry and Raymond Perry; and daughter, Helena Yazzie.

Pallbearers will be Cornell Chischilly, Tom Chee, Marcus Yazzie, Nolan Yazzie, Justin Tom, and DJ Perry.

Honorary pallbearers will be Mike Yazzie, Richard Yazzie, Ricky Yazzie, Ben Perry Sr., Pat Perry, Benson Perry Sr., and Stephen Perry Jr.

Rollie Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Budford Elijah Williams

GALLUP -- Funeral services for Budford Elijah Williams, 66, will be held Friday, July 25, at 10 a.m. at the East Aztec Baptist Church in Gallup. Burial will follow at the Gallup City Cemetery.

Budford was born Sept. 3, 1947, in Laguna Pueblo, N.M. He died July 20, 2014, in Gallup.

Budford graduated from Gallup High School in 1963 and attended Fort Lewis College. He was employed at R&M Furniture Store in Gallup as a sales representative. He also worked for Kerr McGee as a miner.

Budford is survived by his wife, Loretta Williams; children, Greg Williams, Thomas Atkinson, Stephanie Castro, and DeWayne Atkinson; brother, Ernest Williams; and five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Budford is preceded in death by his parents, Earnest and Mary Jane Williams.

Pallbearers will be Greg Williams, Thomas Atkinson, Michael Barraza II, Vincent Castro, James Ration, and Xavier Rahon.

Rollie Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Timothy N. Fred

MINTURN, Colo. -- Funeral services for Timothy N. Fred, aka Bronco, of Vail, Colo., were held July 19 at St. Thomas in Minturn, Colo. Interment followed at the Minturn Cemetery.

Timothy was born May 9, 1965, in Laramie, Wyo. He died July 15, 2014.

Timothy lived life to the fullest with many of his passions like cooking and making new friends. He enjoyed trips back to his hometown to be with family and going to UW football games. Even though Laramie is Timothy's hometown, he considered Vail his second home because he loved the atmosphere.

Timothy is survived by his parents, Peter Sr. and Pauline Fred; brother Peter; sisters, Mary Jane, Marjorie, Maureen, Mildred, Edith, and Ethelyn; nieces, Pamela and Meghan; nephews, Lance, Kyle and Clint; and seven great-nieces and four great-nephews.

Timothy is preceded in death by his sister, Verna Rockwell; grandparents, Nelson and Ethelyn Pine of Naschitti, N.M.; uncles, Kee and Ervin Pine; and aunt, Marilyn Chapela.

Alfred L. Yazzie

WINDOW ROCK, July 24, 2014

Alfred L. Yazzie was born on Dec. 25, 1950, at his family home near Many Farms, Ariz.

Alfred graduated from Wingate High School and attended San Jose State University on a cross country scholarship. He returned to Rough Rock and continued his college education through University of New Mexico.

Alfred was a physical education instructor at Rough Rock Demonstration School before serving four terms as Navajo Council Delegate for Rough Rock, Many Farms, Kitsillie, and Black Mesa Chapters.

He participated in the Navajo Nation Government restructuring (Title II Amendment), which brought a more democratic and balanced government for the Navajo people.

While on the Navajo Nation Council, Alfred served on the Budget and Finance Committee and the Transportation and Community Development Committee (TCDC) and was instrumental in road improvements and airport construction projects and housing development throughout the Navajo Nation.

Alfred was also a board member for Navajo Communications and NAPI (Navajo Agricultural Products Industry).

Alfred is survived by his brothers Lee Yazzie and Herbert Yazzie, his sisters, Betty Hardy, Ida Yazzie, Louise Crawford, Bessie Benallie, Shirley Cody and Teresa Yazzie, and his children, Merle Yazzie (Amanda), Doug Yazzie (Tinsel) , Leandra Yazzie and Diana Yazzie.

Funeral services will be held near his family home in Rough Rock, Ariz., on Friday, July 25 at 9 a.m.