Obituaries for April 4, 2019

Leo Baldwin Joe

HOUCK, Ariz. — Funeral services for Leo Baldwin Joe, 69, of Querino Canyon, Arizona, were held April 3 at the Houck Assembly of God Church in Houck, Arizona, with Kevin McCarthy officiating. Interment followed at McCarrels Cemetery in Navajo, Arizona.

Leo was born June 25, 1949, in Sanders, Arizona, into the Naaneesht’ézhi Táchii’nii (The Charcoal Streaked Division of the Red Running Into the Water Clan), born for Tábaahá (Water’s Edge Clan). He passed away March 27, 2019, in Querino Canyon.

Leo graduated from Sanders-Valley High School in 1969 and pursued a higher education in drafting and fire science. He worked 30 years at Cheeto Clay Mine in Sanders, and was deputy chief for 15 years at the Puerco Valley Fire Department in Sanders.

He always enjoyed helping others and was a member of the Black Creek Gourd Society.

Leo is survived by his daughters, Jennifer Joe Lozano and Jolene Joe Jim; brothers, Jason Baldwin, Henry Joe and Perry Joe Sr.; sisters, Eleanor Lee, Marie Baldwin and Helen Joe; and five grandchildren.

Leo is preceded in death by his wife, Teresa Wallahee Joe.

Pallbearers were Haver Jim, Eugene Baldwin, Marvin McCoo, Jonathon Baldwin, Stewart Lewis and Leon Nez. Honorary pallbearers were Amadeus Wallahee-Joe, Henry Joe, Perry Joe Sr., Daniel Lee, Lorenzo Baldwin and Chris Lozano Sr.

Silver Creek Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Joy Jane Cleveland

GANADO, Ariz. — Funeral services for Joy Jane Cleveland, 84, of Steamboat, Arizona, were held April 2 at the Catholic Church in Ganado, with Father O’Brien officiating. Interment followed in Steamboat.

Joy was born Jan. 12, 1935, in Steamboat, into the Tábaahá (Water’s Edge Clan), born for Tsi’naajinii (Black Streak Wood People Clan). She passed away March 28 2019, in Lakeside, Arizona.

Joy attended Sherman Indian School in Riverside, California, and completed the 8th grade. She worked in the dormitory and was a cook. Joy was a known seamstress who made exquisite traditional clothing and men’s shirts for her family members. She also enjoyed having a garden where she planted and harvested Native American corn, a variety of squash and watermelon.

Joy is survived by her sons, Art Redhorse and Jerald Cleveland; daughters, Theresa Houghton, Norma Jean Grizzard, Orlinda M. Cleveland, Vida Redhorse and Geraldine Cleveland; brother, Thomas Woodie; sisters, Nellie Shorty and Lois Yellowhair; and 26 grandchildren and 39 great-grandchildren.

Joy is preceded in death by her parents, Mary and James Woody; spouse, Danny Cleveland Sr.; son, Danny Cleveland Jr.; sister, Eleanor Cleveland; brothers, David Woody, Fred Woody, Paul Woody Sr. and Jimmy Willie; and grandson, Michael R. Nez.

Pallbearers were Travis Jefferson, Dustin Rapheal Jr., Terrance Thomas, Danny J. Wilson, Darrick Thomas and Tony Shepherd. Honorary pallbearer was Thomas Woodie.

Summit Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

James H. Charley Sr.

COTTONWOOD, Ariz. — Funeral services for James H. Charley Sr., 76, of Cottonwood, Arizona, were held March 30 at James and Priscilla Charley’s residence in Cottonwood, with Evangelist Joe Tsosie officiating. Interment followed in Cottonwood.

James was born Oct. 18, 1943, in Chinle, into the Naaneesht’ézhi Táchii’nii (The Charcoal Streaked Division of the Red Running Into the Water Clan), born for Honágháahnii (One-walks-around Clan).

He passed away March 25, 2019, in Cottonwood, and worked as an auto mechanic.

James is survived by his wife, Priscilla Charley; sons, Raynal Charley, James H. Charley Jr., Jameson J. Charley and Jayston J. Charley; daughters, Larae, Renee, Rafina, Raesynnoues and Margie Charley; brothers, Bobby Charley, Nelson Charley, David Charley, Harry Charley, Dennis Charley, Edison Charley, Peterson Francis, George Francis and Chester Francis; and sisters, Linabah Charley, Vergie Charley, Shirley Begay and Cecelia Bow.

James is preceded in death by his parents, Isabell Charley and Charlie Francis. Pallbearers were James H. Charley Jr., Jameson Charley, Jayston Charley, Paul Charley, Paulson Charley and Reggis Tsosie. Silver Creek Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


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