Obituaries for Aug. 15, 2019
Amos Kee Yazzie Jr.
CHINLE — Funeral services for Amos Kee Yazzie Jr., 69, of Chinle, will be held Friday, Aug. 16, at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Chinle. Burial will take place in Del Muerto, Arizona, followed by a reception.
Amos was born April 30, 1950, in Rehoboth, New Mexico, into the Tó’aheedlíinii (Water Flow Together Clan), born for Ta’neeszahnii (Tangle Clan). He passed away Aug. 11, 2019, in Farmington.
Amos graduated from Chinle High School and attended Eastern Arizona College in Thatcher, Arizona. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and worked for the Chinle Police Department and security at Navajo Prep. Amos enjoyed fishing, hunting, traveling, powwows, ceremonials, rodeos, and was a Chinle Wildcat basketball fan.
Amos is survived by his wife, Edith M. Yazzie; sons, Amos Kee Yazzie III and Shawn D. Yazzie; daughters, Lylith Sanchez and Raquel Bear; father, Amos Kee Yazzie Sr.; sisters, Loretta, Laura, Francine, Barbara, Maxine, and Amelia; and 15 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Amos is preceded in death by his mother, Meldrid Yazzie; sisters, Lena Yazzie and Margerie; and brother, Bobby. Cope Memorial is in charge of arrangements.
An account has been set up at Wells Fargo Bank under the Amos Kee Yazzie Jr. Memorial Fund. Donations appreciated.
Frank Norton Jr.
GALLUP — Funeral services for Frank Norton Jr., 73, will be held Friday, Aug. 16, at 10 a.m. (MST) at Rollie Mortuary in Gallup. Burial will follow at the Tohatchi community cemetery in Tohatchi, New Mexico.
Frank was born Aug. 16, 1945, in Tohatchi, into the Bit’ahnii (Under His Cover Clan), born for Tsénjíkiní (Honey Combed Rock People Clan). His nali is Táchii’nii (Red Running Into the Water People); chei is Kiyaa’áanii (Towering House).
He passed away Aug. 9, 2019, in Albuquerque.
Frank graduated from Navajo Methodist Mission in 1965 in Farmington. He retired as a maintenance worker from Chooshgai Boarding School and was a volunteer with the fire department for many years. Frank enjoyed watching sports, spending time with family, playing card games, and watching old western movies.
Frank is survived by his children, Donald Norton, Wanda Norton and Donavon Norton; brothers, Art Norton and Franklin Norton; and sister, Shirley Ann Norton of Fort Defiance. Frank is preceded in death by his wife, Dianna Norton; son, Devin Norton; and parents, Frank Norton Sr. and Grace Dennison Norton. Pallbearers will be Michael R. Norton, Marvin Norton, Darnell Etsitty, Jesse White, and Ramon Hubbard.
Rollie Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
KINLICHEE, Ariz. — Funeral services for Coralee “Cora” Goldtooth, of Kinlichee, Arizona, were held Aug. 14 with Father Curtis officiating. Coralee was born May 18, 1975, in Lead, South Dakota, into the Naaneesht’ézhi Tábaahá (Water’s Edge Clan), born for Maudan Chippewa. She passed away Aug. 7, 2019, in Phoenix.
Coralee was placed with the Mormon Placement Program for elementary school and later attended Window Rock High School. She enjoyed crossword puzzles and visiting family and friends.
Coralee is survived by her daughter, Monique Badonie; mother, Rosabell Goldtooth; brother, Corbert Goldtooth; and sisters, Kimberly Goldtooth, Hollis Goldtooth, Fredricka Goldtooth, and Rose Fournier.
Coralee is preceded in death by her grandparents, Daisy and Tom Nelson Sr.; stepfather, Frederick Goldtooth; and daughter, Tiara Badonie. Pallbearers were Chester Harlow, Jerry McCabe, Venton Samuels, Duwayne Yazzie, Maddox Goldtooth, and Caden Dawes. Honorary pallbearers were Corbert Fournier, Corbert Goldtooth, Gage Goldtooth, and Warlance Goldtooth.
Silver Creek Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.
GALLUP — Funeral services for Emma Charley, 63, were held Aug. 14 at Rollie Mortuary in Gallup. Interment followed at the Sheepsprings community cemetery in Sheepsprings, New Mexico.
Emma was born Aug. 25, 1955, into the Kiyaa’áanii (Towering House Clan), born for Tódích’íi’nii (Bitter Water Clan). Her nali is Áshiihí (Salt People); chei is Kinlichíi’nii (Red House People). She passed away Aug. 9, 2019. Emma graduated from Tohatchi High School and received a bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University.
She was employed at Crownpoint Community School for many years. Emma is survived by her partner, Joe Jose; children, Tyrone Jose, Duane Jose, Heather Manley, Clyde “Isiah” Jose, and Shaundeen Jose; siblings, Johnnie Charley, Louise Charley, Rose Charley, and Bertha Belone; and four grandchildren.
Emma is preceded in death by her parents, Hoskie Charley and Rebecca Allen; and siblings, Michael Charley and Elsie Gould. Pallbearers were Shawn Billy, Kevin Manley, Bill Tsosie, Jeran Gould, Melvin Charley, and John Jose. Rollie Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.
ROUGH ROCK, Ariz. — Funeral services for Marie Benally, 61, of Rough Rock, Arizona, were held Aug. 10 in Rough Rock, with Edison Begay officiating. Interment followed in Rough Rock.
Marie was born Dec. 12, 1957, in Rough Rock, into the Naakai dine’é (Mexican Clan), born for Bit’ahnii (Under His Cover Clan). She passed away Aug. 5, 2019, in Rough Rock. Marie is survived by her parents, Elouise and Whitehair Benally.
Summit Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
FORT DEFIANCE — Funeral services for Juan VanWinkle, 31, of Sawmill, Arizona, were held Aug. 10 at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Fort Defiance, with Father José Gutay officiating.
Interment followed in Fort Defiance. Juan was born Sept. 8, 1987, in Fort Defiance, into the Tódích’íi’nii (Bitter Water Clan), born for Ta’neeszahnii (Tangle Clan). He passed away Aug. 6, 2019, in Tempe, Arizona.
Juan graduated from Window Rock High School and served in the U.S. Army. He enjoyed family cookouts and celebrating family events with his nieces and nephews. He was a loving son, grandson, brother, uncle, and a friend. He will be greatly missed by his family.
Juan is survived by his sons, Jayceon Shyne VanWinkle and Jason Shaun VanWinkle; mother, Alvira Muskett; brothers, Eric Ross VanWinkle and Arren Muskett; sisters, Terri Raye VanWinkle and Chrishawna Bia; and grandfather, Eddie VanWinkle Sr. Juan is preceded in death by his father, Terry VanWinkle; maternal grandmother, Caroline Muskett; and paternal grandmother, Martha Rose VanWinkle.
Silver Creek Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.
GREASEWOOD SPRINGS, Ariz. — Funeral services for Juanita Williams, 68, of Greasewood, Arizona, were held Aug. 9 at Our Lady of the Rosary in Greasewood Springs, with Brother Paul O’Brien officiating. Interment followed in Greasewood.
Juanita was born Nov. 1, 1950, in Ganado, Arizona, into the Kinlichíi’nii (Red House People Clan), born for Tótsohnii (Big Water Clan). She passed away Aug. 5, 2019, in Gallup. Juanita attended Kinlichee Boarding School, Wingate High School, Shiprock High School, and the University of New Mexico-Gallup.
She worked at Mother Goose Learning Center and Richardson’s Trading Post. She loved the outdoors, animals, cutting hair, and taking care of others. Juanita is survived by her brothers, Ross (Charlotte) Williams and George (Priscilla) Long; and sisters, Mary Jane Begay, Kathy (Howard) Joe, Betty Jo (Andy) Bahe, DeeAnn (Jorge) Leal, Shirley Williams, Matilda (Darryle) Dickie, Caroline (Ernest) Antonio, Bertha (Benny) Ben, Lorena (Joe Lee) Jim, and Charlene Brown. Juanita is preceded in death by her parents, Otto and Barbara Williams; brothers, Gilbert Williams and Chester Williams; and grandmother, Jane Pete.
Pallbearers were Jared Leal, Nathan Williams, Ike Dickie, Dylan Leal, and Delvin Long. Honorary pallbearers were Ross Williams, George Long, Howard Joe, Jorge Leal, Ernest Antonio, Benny Ben, Darryle Dickie, and Joe Lee Jim. Summit Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
ROCK SPRINGS, N.M. — Funeral services for Tulley Haswood, 78, were held Aug. 9 followed by a private burial.
Tulley was born Nov. 20, 1940, in Tuba City. He passed away Aug. 6, 2019, in Rock Springs, New Mexico. Tulley served in the U.S. Army and was a former Council delegate and former chapter president, retiring from SRP.
Tulley is survived by his daughter, Stacey Haswood; son, Jon White; granddaughters, Lauren Tom and Cheyenne Tom; and great-granddaughters. Tulley is preceded in death by his wife, Theresa Haswood.
Pallbearers were Lambert Leigh, Jesse Joseph-Henri, Howard Dressler, Arthur Dressler, Steven Dressler, and James Tallman.