Obituaries for Sept. 18, 2014

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Edna Pauline Crank

KAYENTA – Funeral services for Edna Pauline Crank (Cherokee/Irish), 68, of Kayenta, will be held Saturday, Sept. 20, at 9:30 a.m. at the Kayenta Bible Church. Interment will follow at the Black Mesa community/family plot.

Edna was born June 18, 1946, in Dallas, Texas, and moved to Arizona in 1947. She married in 1966 then moved to Kayenta in 1971. She passed away Sept. 11, 2014, at the Tuba City Regional Health Care Center.

Edna was known for making and donating over 15,000 yarn dolls to children locally and worldwide. She cared for numerous families, including our Diné grandmothers and grandchildren.

Edna is survived by her husband, Jackson Crank (Kiyaa’aanii/L—k’aa’ dine’é); sons, Keetso Crank married to Laura, and Tony Crank married to Jonathea; brother, Tommy Elledge; sister, Betty Ledesma; and grandchildren, Naabaah’, Shánd’’n, and Hataal’.

Harry Burnside

SANTA FE – Graveside service for Harry Burnside, 90, of Crownpoint, will be held today, Sept. 18, at 2:15 p.m. at the Santa Fe National Cemetery in Santa Fe, with full military honors. Pastor Kee Tapaha will officiate.

Harry was born March 23, 1924, in Crownpoint. He passed away Sept. 11, 2014, in Casa Blanca, N.M.

Harry worked as a farmhand in 1945, Union Pacific Railroad in 1946, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Thoreau Boarding School, maintenance from 1966-1996, and a veteran of World War II with the U.S. Army. He was very active with his local veterans organization. He was a Christian and a member of the Navajo Christian Church of Borrego Pass, N.M. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and will be deeply missed by all.

Harry is survived by his wife, Annie Chavez Burnside of Crownpoint; sons, Harrison Burnside, Roger Burnside, Norman Burnside, Samuel Burnside, Chris Burnside, Harry Burnside Jr., and Archie Burnside; daughters, Nancy Burnside, Angie Burnside and Gloria Burnside; brother, Jones Morgan of Dalton Pass, N.M.; and sister, Lily Perry of Dalton Pass.

Harry is preceded in death by his parents, Joe Morgan and Bah Shorty; son, Bobby Burnside; brothers, Herbert Cowboy, Perry Cowboy, Howard Cowboy, Tom Cowboy, and Tomy Shorty; and sisters, Helen Shorty, Esther Meguelito, Dorothy Thompson, Elsie Cambridge, and Lois McRay.

Pallbearers will be Harrison Burnside, Roger Burnside, Norman Burnside, Samuel Burnside, Chris Burnside, Harry Burnside Jr., and Archie Burnside. Honorary pallbearers will be Bobby Burnside, Shawn Shorty, Hugh Jensen, and Brian Burnside.

Compassion Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Sarah Jim

HOSPAH, N.M. — Funeral services for Sarah Jim, 61, will be held today, Sept. 18, at 10 a.m. at the Hospah Holiness Chapel. Burial will follow at the family plot in Whitehorse Lake, N.M.

Sarah was born Feb. 28, 1953, in Torreon, N.M., into the Naakai dine’é (Mexican Clan), born for Deeshchii’nii (Start of the Red Streak People Clan). Her nali is Kiyaa’aanii (Towering House); chei is Ta’neeszahnii (Tangle). She died Sept. 14, 2014, in Whitehorse Lake.

Sarah resided in Salt Lake City, Albuquerque, and then to Whitehorse Lake on the reservation. She attended Crownpoint High School and enjoyed being with family. She was very lovable, funny, full of happiness and love. She always had a smile on her face and loved her grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Sarah is survived by her husband, Andrew Jim; daughters, Richelle Sandoval and Denice Gordo; son, Waylon Jim; brothers, Ray Sandoval, Roger Tsosie and Wilbert Tsosie; and sisters, Arlene Sandoval, Susie Robertson, Sadie Trujillo, Nancy Robinson, Brenda Tsosie, Alberta Ballard, and Etta Tsosie.

Sarah is preceded in death by her parents, Tom and Jean Tsosie; brother, Gilbert Tsosie; nephew, Lynn Ian Chambers; and niece, Jalisa Jean Tsosie.

Pallbearers will be Waylon Jim, Dean Robertson, Cliffton Ballard, Roger Tsosie, Chris Eaglehawk, Farentino Largo, and Uvaldo Mace.

Rollie Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Cecil Begay Sr.

SAND SPRINGS, Ariz. — Cecil Begay Sr., of Sand Springs, Ariz., passed away Sept. 11, 2014 at the Promise Hospital of Phoenix in Mesa, Ariz.

Cecil was born March 26, 1925, into the Biih bitoodnii (Deer Spring Clan), Paiute Tribe, Kiyaa’aanii (Towering House Clan), and çshiihi (Salt People Clan).

Marie J. Miller

GALLUP — Funeral services for Marie J. Miller, 74, were held Sept. 12 at Rollie Mortuary in Gallup. Interment followed at the private family plot in Twin Lakes, N.M.

Marie was born Feb. 11, 1940, into the çshiihi (Salt People Clan), born for Táchii’nii (Red Running Into the Water People Clan). Nali is N——da’i dine’é Táchii’nii (The Ute People Division of the Red Running Into the Water); chei is Kiyaa’aanii (Towering House). She died Sept. 9, 2014.

Marie was a retired cook of the Chili Factory at the Rio West Mall in Gallup.

Marie is survived by her husband, Eddie Miller of Ya-Tah-Hey, N.M.; daughters, Margie Miller and Esther Miller, both of Twin Lakes, Cecelia Bryant and Mildred Kalleco, both of Ya-Tah-Hey, and Christine Miller of Zuni, N.M.; and son, Edward Miller of Lawrence, Kan.

Pallbearers were Shevana C. Becenti, Eric Bryant, Jerric Bryant, Joshua Curley, Kyle Curley, Darin R. Kalleco, and Casey Willetto.

Honorary pallbearers were Stanford Bryant, Daric R. Kalleco, Daryl Eriacho, Cardell Becenti, and Edward Miller.

Rollie Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

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