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Obituaries for April 23, 2020

Kathy J. Holtsoi

Kathy Holtsoi

REHOBOTH, N.M. — Graveside service for Kathy J. Holtsoi, 63, of Gallup, will be held today, April 23, at 10 a.m. in Rehoboth, New Mexico, with Pastor Tim Howerzyl officiating.

Kathy was born May 30, 1956, in Rehoboth, into the Áshiihí (Salt People Clan), born for Tódích’íi’nii (Bitter Water Clan). She passed away April 18, 2020, in Albuquerque.

Kathy graduated from Gallup High School in 1974 and was employed as a legislative advisor for the Navajo Nation for 35 years.

She enjoyed sewing, arts and crafts, visiting with family and friends, and spending time with her grandchildren.

Kathy is survived by her sons, Gerard Curley of Window Rock, Jonathan Curley of Shiprock, and Derek Tullie of Gallup; daughters, Tanya Bailey of Red Lake, Arizona, and Shanna Bailey of Gallup; mother, Mary Holtsoi; brothers, Raymond Holtsoi, Gary Holtsoi, Jeff Holtsoi, Willie Holtsoi and Darryl Holtsoi; sisters, Sharon Toadalena, Ramona Notah, Gloria James, Theresa Holtsoi, Donna Owens and Darlene Doka; and grandchildren, Wakiyan Stash and Copelynn Tullie.

Kathy is preceded in death by her father, Billie Holtsoi; and sisters, Florence Barton and Patricia Holtsoi.

A reception will take place at a later date. Rollie Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Alice Becenti Begay

PINEDALE, N.M. — Graveside service for Alice Becenti Begay, 85, of Pinedale, New Mexico, was held April 22. Alice was born Jan. 2, 1935, in Pinedale, into the Tó baazhní’ázhí (Two Who Came To the Water Clan), born for Dziltl’ahnii (Mountain Cove Clan). She passed away April 17, 2020, in Pinedale.

Alice was a silversmith who enjoyed family gatherings, sewing, playing Scrabble and Boggle, word search and watching football.

Alice is survived by her sons, Tim Thompson, Melvin Thompson and Lance Begay; daughters, Leann Begay, Lucinda Tsosie and Jolene Smith; brothers, Tony Becenti Sr. and Harrison Becenti; sisters, Esther Largo and Edith Livingston; and 33 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Alice is preceded in death by her parents, Elsie and Jack Becenti Sr.; daughter, Gloria Davis; and husband, Richard B. Begay. Pallbearers were Bart Francisco, Dominic Begay, Benedict Francisco, Issac Tom, Elijah Tom and Emerson Becenti. Honorary pallbearers were Tim Thompson, Melvin Thompson and Lance Begay.

Rollie Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


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