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April 17, 2014

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Phoebe Martin Barney

GALLUP -- Funeral services for Phoebe Martin Barney, 66, were held April 14 at Rollie Mortuary in Gallup. Interment followed at the family land in Pinedale, N.M.

Phoebe was born June 28, 1947, into the Kiyaa'aanii (Towering House Clan), born for T— baazhni'ázhi (Two Who Came to Water Clan). She died April 4, 2014, in Snowflake, Ariz.

Phoebe attended Wingate Boarding School and worked at United Nuclear Mine and was a silversmith. She enjoyed traveling, reading the Bible, and was a loving mother, aunt, sister, and grandmother.

Phoebe is survived by her son, Christopher Edsitty; sisters, Iris M. Benally, Roberta Luther, Rose A. Smith, and Chloe Ann Escobedo; and brother, Samson Edsitty.

Phoebe is preceded in death by her brothers and sister, Wilbert Edsitty, Irene Edsitty and Jack Edsitty.

Pallbearers were Justin L. Benally, Matthew S. Williams, Sean E. Gray, Eric Edsitty, Lionel Luther, and Garrett Benally.

Rollie Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Marijane Ryan

ST. MICHAELS, Ariz. -- Friends and family are invited to attend a mass for a celebration of life for Marijane Ryan, 78, on Saturday, May 10, at 10 a.m. at the Mary Mother of Mankind Catholic Church (24 Mission Road) in St. Michaels, Ariz.

Marijane was born the youngest of eight children on Aug. 8, 1935, in Boston, Mass., to Edward William Ryan and Anna Elizabeth Lundy. She passed away peacefully in her sleep April 10, 2014, after a short illness.

Marijane experienced a long full life. She became a nun in the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary. In 1968, she was sent to St. Michaels, where she began a lifelong relationship with the Navajo. Using her training that she received in Boston at Kennedy Memorial Hospital, she founded the St. Michael's Association for Special Education and was the director of the school for 14 years. After leaving St. Michaels, she moved to Los Angeles and then eventually to Phoenix where she began her work with hospice.

Marijane is survived by her brother, Robert Ryan, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Marijane is preceded in death by her sisters, Anna Ryan, Ruth Leahy, Grace Tilden, and Claire Ryan; and brothers, Jack Ryan, Edward Ryan and Jackie Connolly.

The celebration will continue with a reception at St. Michael's Association for Special Education following the mass.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Michael's Association for Special Education, Inc., P.O. Box 100, St. Michaels, AZ 86511, or Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014,

Danny Kescoli

HARD ROCK, Ariz. - Funeral services for Danny Kescoli, 64, were held April 12 at the Hard Rock Gospel Mission. He passed away April 8, 2014, in Leupp, Ariz.

Danny is survived by his wife, Cecelia Kescoli; son, Daniel Kescoli; daughters, Danelle Tullie, Katherine Contreras, Carolyn Benally, and Darnell Kescoli; and 12 grandchildren.

Greer's Mortuary of Winslow was in charge of arrangements.

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Thunder Cloud Abeita

Funeral Services for Thunder Cloud Abeita will be held Saturday, April 19 at the LDS Church in Crownpoint, N.M. A Viewing will take place from 9 to 10 a.m. and services will begin promptly at 10 a.m

Burial will be at the Family Plot in Becenti, N.M., with a reception to follow in Crownpoint, N.M.

Thunder was born July 17, 1981 in Gallup, N.M. and died April 13 in St. Michaels, Ariz.

Our beloved son, brother, uncle, nephew, and grandson was a very loving, caring, and respectful young man. He attended Fort Defiance Elementary and graduated from Crownpoint in May 1999. His clans are Dyami Hanu from the Acoma tribe, born for Tsenabahitnii, his paternal grandfather is Nanezht'ezhii Tachii'nii, and maternal grandfather is Ashiihii. He worked various jobs as an electrician and road construction.

His hobbies included being outdoors, camping, traveling, fishing, music, poetry, rhyming, and just being with family. He always carried so much positive energy, was fun to be with, always had a beautiful bright smile, and greeted everyone with a great big heart-warming hug. Thunder was always joking and making everyone laugh. He was a fan of the Philadelphia Eagles, Phoenix Suns, and the Chicago White Sox.

Thunder was a proud uncle of Stevie Rae, Ashley Bitahy, Shaunte Davidson, Makkia Freeland, Hope Johnson; nephews Douglas Bitahy, Sean Sarracino, Warren and Kory Thompson, and great nephews Michael Jay and Leondre Tom.

He is preceded in death with his mother Faith Jesse Smith, maternal grandparents Rena and Samuel J. Smith, Sr., and paternal grandfather Howard Abeita.

Survivors include his father Roger Abeita of Crownpoint, NM; sisters Michelle Slinkey, Charity Slinkey, and Winter Abeita all of Fort Defiance, AZ, brother Benjamin Thompson, Jr., of Fort Defiance, Ariz., grandmothers Annie Charley and Mary Abeita of Crownpoint, N.M.

Pallbearers include Rudy Smith, Sr., Jesse Yazzie, Benjamin Thompson, Wayne Wauneka, Dominic Abeita, Kenny Donaghey, Joseph Dixon, and Stephen Abeita. Honorary pallbearers include Douglas Bitahy, Randy Wauneka, Ernest Abeita, Marlon Smith, Nathaniel Tracy, and Winston Cambridge.