Obituaries for Feb. 14, 2019
Dalenna Megan Long
GALLUP — Funeral services for Dalenna Megan Long, 24, were held Feb. 9 at Rollie Mortuary in Gallup. Interment followed at the Gallup City Cemetery.
Dalenna was born Jan. 5, 1995, in Gallup, into the Tódích’íi’nii (Bitter Water Clan), born for Tó’aheedlíinii (Water Flowing Together Clan). Her nali is Tl’ógí (Hairy Ones); chei is Ma’ii deeshgiizhinii (Coyote Pass-Jemez).
She passed away Feb. 4, 2019, in Phoenix.
Dalenna graduated from Crownpoint High School in 2013 and attended Navajo Technical University. She was employed as a team leader at Whataburger in Scottsdale, Arizona, and participated in Students Against Uranium Mining and DECA. Dalenna enjoyed making music, watching Netflix, journaling and playing Panda Pop.
Dalenna is survived by her partner, Cornelia Kenny; parents, Shirleen and Marvin Long; and siblings, Michael Long, Lance Lee, Jessi Long, Sondra Long and Adrienne Long, all of Standing Rock, New Mexico.
Dalenna is preceded in death by her brother, Christian Long; uncle, Tommy Long Jr.; aunt, Calandra Yazzie; maternal grandfather, Anson Yazzie; and paternal grandfather, Tommy Long Sr.
Pallbearers were Marvin Long, Michael Long, Lance Lee, Gerald Long, Nolan Charley and John Charley. Rollie Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.
FORT DEFIANCE — Funeral services for Jackson Blackgoat, 68, of Old Coalmine, New Mexico, were held Jan. 14 at the Good Shepherd Mission in Fort Defiance, with Rev. Plummer officiating. Interment followed in Fort Defiance.
Jackson was born Aug. 8, 1950, in Fort Defiance, into the Honágháahnii (One-walks-around Clan), born for Tábaahá (Water’s Edge Clan). He passed away Jan. 8, 2019, in Fort Defiance. Jackson attended Nazlini Boarding School, Sherman Institute in California, and Intermountain Indian School in Utah.
He was a self-employed rancher who enjoyed country music, cooking, spending time with his family and children, tending to his pets and horses, and was an NFL Steelers fan. Jackson is survived by his stepson, Dereck Wauneka, Charleston Wauneka and Quan Begaye; stepdaughter, Vannessa Wauneka; brother, Danny Blackgoat; stepbrothers, Harry Tom, Jerry Tom, Nelson Tom and Jimmy Tom; sisters, Nellie S. Blackgoat and Linda B. Harvey; stepsister, Laverne Jaramillo; and 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Jackson is preceded in death by his wife, Cynithia Blackgoat; and parents, Tsosie and Isabelle Gordy Blackgoat. Pallbearers were Quan Begaye, Stenston Blackgoat, Charleston Wauneka, Ryan Lynch and Floyd Dawes.
Tse Bonito Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.
GANADO, Ariz. — Gravesite service for Darrell Bitsuie, 50, of Ganado, Arizona, was held Feb. 7 at the family plot in Ganado, with Mathew Noble officiating.
Darrell was born Oct. 6, 1969, in Ganado, into the Tsénjíkiní (Honey Combed Rock People Clan), born for Naakai dine’é (Mexican Clan). He passed away Feb. 1, 2019, in Ganado.
Darrell attended Ganado High School, Wingate High School and retired as a construction worker. He was a pianist who enjoyed artwork and was a Dallas Cowboys fan.
Darrell is survived by Gale Scott; mother, Sadie Ann Bitsuie; brothers, Fredrick Dennison, Alton Bitsuie and Al Bitsui; and sisters, Cheryl Bitsui and Cherie Bitsuie.
Darrell is preceded in death by his father, Alfred Bitsuie; and grandparents, Mary Todacheenie and Charlie Roanhorse.
Pallbearers were Al Christopher Bitsui, Joseph Reale, Elder Wilson, Elder Curtis, Elder Weaver and Elder Merritts. Honorary pallbearer was Harry Dalgai Jr.
Summit Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
TOHATCHI, N.M. — Funeral services for Raymond Toledo, 88, will be held Friday, Feb. 15, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tohatchi, New Mexico. Burial will follow at the Naschitti community cemetery in Naschitti, New Mexico.
Raymond was born Jan. 21, 1932, in Ojo Encino, New Mexico, into the Hashtl’ishnii (Mud Clan), born for Ta’neeszahnii (Tangle Clan). He passed away Feb. 9, 2019, in Albuquerque. Raymond attended Intermountain Indian School and worked as a trackman for 15 years with Union Pacific Railroad.
Raymond is survived by his wife, Nora Roanhorse-Toledo; daughters, Julia Toledo, Lorraine Chato, Julie Perkins and Shannon Roanhorse; sons, Bennie Toledo, Ignacio Toledo, Edward Toledo, Harrison Toledo and Johnny Perkins; and 34 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Raymond is preceded in death by his parents, Julia and Ignacio Toledo; and daughters, Judy and Shirley Toledo. Pallbearers will be Johnny Perkins, Kyle Clark, Shane Henry, Hendrick King, Klayton Clark and Ali Betone.
Rollie Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Theresa A. Yazzie
HOUCK, Ariz. — Funeral services for Theresa A. Yazzie, 53, were held Feb. 12 in Houck, Arizona.
Theresa was born June 2, 1965, in Gallup. She passed away Jan. 31, 2019, in Flagstaff.
Theresa worked as a general manager at Arby’s in Winslow, Arizona.
Summit Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Katherine Rose Lee
GALLUP — Funeral services for Katherine Rose Lee, 68, were held Feb. 9 at Rollie Mortuary in Gallup. Interment followed at the Gallup City Cemetery.
Katherine was born in Gallup, into the Tábaaá (Water’s Edge Clan), born for Áshiihí (Salt People Clan). She passed away in Albuquerque. Katherine attended Cathedral Grade School and Wingate Elementary School.
She loved to make homemade crafts and enjoyed stringing beads, coloring with her son, listening to music, meeting new people and making friends.
Katherine is survived by her sister, Sarah L. Benallie of Gallup; and brothers, Tom Lee Jr. of Phoenix, Michael Lee of Albuquerque, and Earl Lee of Becenti, New Mexico. Katherine is preceded in death by her parents, Sadie and Tom Lee Sr.; and brother, Samuel K. Lee. Pallbearers were Adrian Lee, Aaron Lee, Stacy Cly, John Cly, James B. Benallie Jr. and Johnnie Yazzie. Rollie Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.
Pearl J. Curley
THOREAU, N.M. — Funeral services for Pearl J. Curley, 94, of Prewitt, New Mexico, were held Feb. 9 at the Thoreau Church of God in Thoreau, New Mexico, with Ray and Florence Barker officiating. Interment followed in Albuquerque.
Pearl was born May 2, 1924, in Prewitt, into the Kinyaa’áanii (Towering House Clan), born for Áshiihí (Salt People Clan). She passed away Feb. 2, 2019, in Albuquerque.
Pearl worked as a farmer in various locations in both Arizona and New Mexico. Pearl is survived by her sons, Nelson Curley and James Curley; daughters, Ruthann Begay, Rita Yazzie, Sandra Delgarito and Corina Smiley; and five generations of descendants from seven different families (Manning, Martinez, Jake, Delgaritos, Yazzie, Curleys, Smiley and Adams).
Pearl is preceded in death by her husband, James Francis Curley Sr.; daughters, Barbara, Mary, Gloria and Berniece; and four children at birth to newborn. Pallbearers were Matthew Francis Curley, Gene Manning Jr., John Manning and James Yazzie Jr. Honorary pallbearers were Glen Curley and Shane Martinez.
Daniels Family Funeral Services-Alameda Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.