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Dec. 12, 2013
GANADO, Ariz. -- Funeral services for Roselita Salabye, 61, of Ganado, Ariz., will be held Friday, Dec. 13, at 10 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Ganado, with Richard Clarke officiating. Burial will follow at the Ganado community cemetery. A reception will be held at Ganado Chapter following burial.
Roselita was born Aug. 23, 1952, in Ganado, into the Tsénjikini (Honey Combed Rock People) Clan, born for Tódich'ii'nii (Bitter Water) Clan. She died Dec. 8, 2013, in Ganado.
Roselita attended Ganado Elementary and Ganado High School. She worked at Sage Memorial Hospital for 40 years in the health care field as a nurse. She loved to read her King James Version Bible and helped doctors in translating Navajo to English. She also enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, making jewelry (beadwork), traveling, cooking, and listening to Christian music. She was family-oriented, social, and humorous.
Roselita is survived by her sons, Julian Johnson, Amos T. Johnson II, and Ricky L. Johnson; daughters, Jennifer Johnson-Mannie and Rebekah Johnson; mother, Lena C. Salabye; brothers, Lavon Salabye, James Salabye, Larry Salabye, and Leon Shirley; sisters, Katherine Cornfield, Sarah S. Barlow, Mildred Reid, Gloria L. Salabye, Gladys S. Jones, and Laura D. Begody; and seven grandchildren.
Roselita is preceded in death by her father, Jimmie Salabye; and grandparents, Frank Salabye and Mary Salabye.
Pallbearers will be Ricky L. Johnson, Lemuel Shirley, Julian Johnson, Leon Shirley, Theron Mannie, and Matthew Curley.
Honorary pallbearers will be Edwin Herrera, Marvin Curley, Lavon Salabye, and James Salabye.
A reception will be held at Ganado Chapter House following services.
Silver Creek Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
The following poem is dedicated to our mother:
"It is only a tiny rosebud, a flower of God's design; but I cannot unfold the petals With these clumsy hands of mine.
"The secret of unfolding flowers, is not known to such as I. God opens this flower so easily, but in my hands they die.
"So I'll trust in God for leading, each moment of my day. I will look to God for guidance, in each step of the way.
"The path that lies before me, only my Good Lord knows. I'll trust God to unfold the moments. As He unfolds this rose."
CHINLE -- Funeral services for Ashten Stephens, 24, of Tsaile, Ariz., were held Dec. 6 at the LDS Church in Chinle, with Ralph Begay officiating. Interment followed in Lukachukai, Ariz.
Ashten was born July 5, 1989, in Chinle, into the Tótsohnii (Big Water) Clan, born for Dibélzhini (Black Sheep) Clan. She died Dec. 1, 2013, in Tsaile.
Ashten graduated from the International Commerce Institute. She loved cooking, taking care of her children, being a mother, listening to music, helping others, and putting everyone else first before herself.
Ashten is survived by her boyfriend, Fransen Ben; sons, Antwan Tsosie and Dameon Ben; daughters, Ariel Tsosie and Tamia Ben; parents, Colleen Johnson and Alfonso Stevens; brothers, Collin Stephens and Amadeo Stephens; sisters, Michelle Begay and Cheryl "Chips" Begay; and grandparents, Lucy and Joe Lee.
Ashten is preceded in death by her brothers, Trevor Stephens and Adam Trent Stevens; grandfather, Cody Johnson; aunt, Wanda Johnson; paternal grandparents, Violet and Alfonso Stevens Sr.
Pallbearers were Al Stevens, Kelsey Begay, Kasey Begay, Adrian Thompson, Collin Stephens, and Jarvis Graymountain.
Honorary pallbearers were Fransen Ben, Francis Shonnie Ben, and Derrick Benally.
Desert View Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Alexis Rose Ben
IYANBITO, N.M. -- Graveside services for Alexis Rose Ben will be held Friday, Dec. 13, at 10 a.m. at the family plot in Iyanbito, N.M.
Alexis was born Dec. 9, 2013. She died Dec. 9. 2013.
Alexis is survived by her mother, Abigale Ben; father, Monty Sands; maternal grandparents, Genevieve Dick and Ericson Ben; and paternal grandparents, Sadie Sarracino and Mark Sands.
Pallbearers will be Nicholas Ben and Christopher Ben.
Rollie Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
BIRDSPRINGS, Ariz. - Funeral services for Gevena Clay, 29, were held Dec. 11 at the Skylight Ministries in Birdsprings, Ariz. Interment followed at the Curtis family plot.
Gevena was born May 30, 1984, in Tuba City. She died Dec. 4, 2013, in Lakeside, Ariz.
Gevena enjoyed dancing, listening to various music, and sports. She was last employed at Pinetop/Lakeside Golf Course.
Gevena is survived by her sons, Isaiah Clay, Kauswell Redhouse, Bronson Dailey, and Amor Dailey; significant other, Richard Attakai; sisters, Shirleen George, Sandra Yazzie, Geneva Chee, and Levena Clay; brothers, Ronnie George, Raymond E. Clay, Vance Clay, and Tsosie Clay; and parents, Raymond and Susie Clay.
Gevena is preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Tsosie and Ivy Clay; uncle, Davis Clay; maternal grandparents, Walker and Jessie George; and aunt, Rose Nelson.
Greer's Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.
Condolences can be sent to www.greersmortuary.com.
Nellie Yazzie Franklin
TUBA CITY - Funeral services for Nellie Yazzie Franklin, 63, were held Dec. 3 at the Tuba City Assembly of God Church with Pastor Hal Corbert and Jonathan Curley officiating. Interment followed at the family plot in Tuba City.
Nellie was born Jan. 28, 1950, in Tuba City, into the Tódich'ii'nii (Bitter Water) Clan, born for Tl'izi lani (Many Goats) Clan. She died Nov. 29, 2013, in Tuba City.
Nellie retired from Tuba City Boarding School in 2006 after 33 years of government service. After retirement, she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, traveling, reading scriptures, and attending church.
Nellie is survived by her daughters, Wilsinia Zohnnie and Dianthe Franklin; son, Roger Semallie Jr.; sisters, Lita Chee, Nora Peaches, Bertha Haskie, Linda Clinton, and Clara Yazzie; brother, George Yazzie; spouse, Roger Semallie Sr.; and four grandchildren.
Nellis is preceded in death by her parents, Nick Yazzie and Helen Edgewater Yazzie; brothers, Kenneth Yazzie, Walter Yazzie, and Calvin Yazzie; sister, Lola Curley: and spouse, Wilson Zohnnie.
Pallbearers were Jonathan Curely, Jimmy Curley Jr., Anthony Curley, Kirby Haskie, Gabriel Haskie, and Jerrick Clinton.
Honorary pallbearers were Roger Semallie Sr., Roger Semallie Jr., Jackson Sanchez, George Yazzie, Nathaniel Peaches, and Theron Yazzie.
Desert Memorial of Tuba City was in charge of arrangements.
Pamela Louise Trujillo
TORREON, N.M. -- Funeral services for Pamela Louise Trujillo, 40, of Torreon, N.M., will be held Friday, Dec. 13, at 11 a.m. at the Jesus Mission Church in Torreon, with Andrew Begaye and Delbert Nez officiating. Burial will follow in Torreon.
Pamela was born into the Kinlichii'nii (Red House) Clan, born for Ta'neeszahnii (Tangle) Clan. She died Dec. 5, 2013, in Albuquerque.
Pamela attended Cuba High School and Talking Leaves Job Corps in Tahlequah, Okla. She was employed at Hertidge Healthcare as a nursing technician. She enjoyed watching movies, spending time with loved ones, and taking care of her nieces and nephews.
Pamela is survived by her brothers, Gilbert Nez Jr., Delbert Nez (Loretta), and Roylynn Trujillo; sisters, Loretta N. Yazzie (Archie), Ramona Nez, Thelda Nez, and Merlinda Trujillo; maternal grandparents, Ada and Luis Toledo; paternal grandparents, Juanita and Jose Trujillo; and 36 grandchildren, 37 nephews, and 36 nieces.
Pamela is preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Lucita Trujillo; and sister, Priscilla Nez.
Pallbearers will be Donovan Yazzie, Archie Yazzie Jr., Peyton Nez, Gilbert Nez III, Rueben Whitehorse Jr., Joey Toledo, Robert Toledo, Evander Toledo, Terrell Nez, and Shaquielle Whitehorse.
Honorary pallbearers will be Gilbert Nez Jr., Delbert Nez, Roylynn Trujillo, Dominic Nez, Delvin Yazzie, Larry Mace, Melvin Sandoval, Samuel Castillo, and Woodrow Yazzie.
Daniels Family Funeral Services-Alameda Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Albert Toddy Sr.
CHINLE -- Funeral services for Albert Toddy Sr., 57, of Chinle, were held Dec. 9 at the LDS Church in Chinle, with Elder Sharp officiating. Interment followed at the family plot in Chinle.
Albert was born July 19, 1956, in Phoenix, into the Tábaahá (Water's Edge) Clan, born for Kinlichii'nii (Red House) Clan. He died Dec. 3, 2013, in Chinle.
Albert attended Intermountain School in Utah and attended college in Corpus Christi, Texas. He was employed as a maintenance technician, mechanic II, and counselor. He always helped others in need and enjoyed beadwork, fishing, spending time with his family, painting, remodeling homes, and singing/drumming traditional ways.
Albert is survived by his sons, Albert Jr., Alfred, Adelbert, Alberto, and Bahozhoni Toddy; daughters, Alberta, Alfreda, Shineshya, Hanmi Crystal Toddy; brothers, Joe Toddy, Henry Silversmith, and Justin Tracey; sisters, Susie Dedman and Rose Ann Begay; and 13 grandchildren.
Albert is preceded in death by his wife, Jennie Ann Dedman; mother, Elouise Silversmith; sister, Marilyn Begay; brother, JR Toddy; and grandmother, Louise Tracey.
Pallbearers were Albert Toddy Jr., Alfred Toddy, Adelbert Toddy, Alberto Toddy, Bahazhoni Toddy, and Brandon Benally.
Honorary pallbearers were Henry Silversmith and Joe Toddy.
Tse Bonito Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.
Anderson Lee Benally
ROUGH ROCK, Ariz. -- Funeral services for Anderson Lee Benally, of Rough Rock, Ariz., were held Dec. 6 at the Friends Mission Church in Rough Rock, with Rodrick Bahe officiating. Interment followed at the National Veterans Cemetery in Chinle.
Anderson was born Nov. 9, 1954, in Crownpoint, into the Ts'ah yisk'idnii (Sage Brush Hill) Clan, born for Honágháahnii (One-walks-around) Clan. He died Dec. 1, 2013, in Albuquerque.
Anderson received a bachelor's degree in 1984 from Eastern Oregon University in LaGrande, Ore., and attended the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe in 1972. He was self-employed as a quick-draw artist and enjoyed rodeos.
Anderson is survived by his sons, Andrew, Branson, and Orlando Benally; daughters, Razelle W. Benally; brother Alex; sisters, Carol, Marilyn, Judy, Loretta, Regana, and Linda Benally; grandparents, Tom and Mary Barbone; and granddaughters, Elise and Danica Benally.
Anderson is preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Isabelle Benally; and brothers, Leo Benally Jr. and Larry Benally.
Pallbearers were Branson Benally, Andrew Benally, Orlando Benally, Judd Benally, and Daniel Woods.
Silver Creek Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.
GALLUP -- Funeral services for Joey Martinez, 39, were held Dec. 6 at The Lighthouse Church in Gallup. Interment followed at the family plot in Breadsprings, N.M.
Joey was born Oct. 21, 1974, in Gallup, into the Tódich'ii'nii (Bitter Water) Clan, born for Táchii'nii (Red Running Into the Water People) Clan. His nali is Kiyaa'aanii (Towering House); chei is Tódik'ózhi (Salt Water). He died Dec. 1, 2013, in Gallup.
Joey graduated in 1993 from Gallup High School and received an associate's degree in automotive technology from the University of New Mexico-Gallup campus.
Joey is survived by his sons, Jonathan and Jeremiah Martinez; parents, Joe and Dorothy Martinez; brother, Joseph Martinez; and sisters, Jolynn Martinez and Jonelle Martinez.
Pallbearers were Bennie Spencer Jr., Mark Spencer, Felix Yazzie, Lawrence Francisco Jr., Rodney Bitsilly, and Darrel K. Benally.
Rollie Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.