Obituaries for Feb. 6, 2020
Danny H. Atcitty III
FORT DEFIANCE – Funeral services for Danny H. Atcitty III, 34, of Fort Defiance, will be held Friday, Feb. 7, at 10 a.m. at The Family Church Assembly of God Church in Fort Defiance, with Pastor Kenneth Hielkema officiating. Burial will follow at the Rainbow Ridge Family Cemetery.
Danny was born July 11, 1985, in Fort Defiance, into the Tó’aheedlíinii (Water Flow Together Clan), born for Áshiihí (Salt People Clan). He passed away Jan. 31, 2020, at the University of New Mexico Medical Center in Albuquerque.
Danny graduated from Window Rock High School and attended Southwestern Assembly of God University where he received an associate’s degree in business administration. He then attended the University of Arizona graduating with a bachelor’s degree in business management and Georgetown School of Business earning a master’s degree in international marketing.
Danny was employed with TBK Bank, McKinley County Clerks Office, Bank of America and Amigo in Gallup.
Danny enjoyed working out, running, sewing and spending time with family and friends.
Danny is survived by his parents, Terri L. and Danny Harry Atcitty Jr. of Fort Defiance; brothers, Devin H. Atcitty of Albuquerque, and Josiah W.H. Atcitty of Fort Defiance; sisters, Naomi R. Atcitty of Las Vegas, Nevada, Faith L. Atcitty of Fort Defiance, and Natashia Atcitty of Gallup; and grandparents, Dan Harry Atcitty Sr. and Maetah Atcitty of Shiprock, and Betty Begay of Crownpoint.
Danny is preceded in death by his maternal mother, Carla L. Atcitty.
Pallbearers will be Devin Atcitty, Josiah Atcitty, Everytt Begay Jr., Ryan Begay, Marco Nez and Michael Hoskie.
Honorary pallbearers will be Danny H. Atcitty Jr., Eugene G. Atcitty, Karl L. Atcitty Sr., Darryl Begay, Marshall Begay III and Everytt Begay Jr.
A reception will take place at the Fort Defiance Chapter House, following services.
Summit Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Tylene Mae Tsosie
TORREON, N.M. — Funeral services for Tylene Mae Tsosie, 18, of Torreon, New Mexico, will be held today, Feb. 6, at 10 a.m. at the Torreon Mission with Jason Carpenter officiating. Burial will follow in Brimhall, New Mexico.
Tylene was born April 12, 2001, in Albuquerque, into the Ta’neeszahnii (Tangle Clan), born for Haltsooí (Meadow People Clan). She passed away Jan. 28, 2020, in Albuquerque.
Tylene completed the 9th grade in high school and enjoyed cooking and singing.
Tylene is survived by her mother, Miranda Manning; brothers, Kaiser Tsosie and Mackenzie Tsosie; sisters, Nizhoni Tsosie, Annie Tsosie and Zendaya Tsosie; and grandparents, Annie Tsosie, and Larry and Wanda Ignacio.
Tylene is preceded in death by her father, Matthew Tsosie; maternal grandmother, Helen T. Pinto; and paternal grandfather, Mark Tsosie.
Pallbearers will be Jayme-Joe Toledo, Joshua Toledo, Brent Augustine, Shawn Tsosie, Dylan Watts, Stephen Watts and Markus Ignacio.
Honorary pallbearers will be Al Tsosie, Manuel Tsosie, Mitchell Tsosie, Ambrose Begaye, Larry Ignacio Sr., Eric Ignacio, Larry Ignacio Jr. and Harley Augustine.
A reception will take place at the Coyote Canyon Chapter House, following services.
Daniels Family Funeral Services-Alameda Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
ST. MICHAELS, Ariz. — Funeral services for Wilbert Lilly, 36, of Summit, Arizona, will be held today, Feb. 6, at 9 a.m. at the St. Michaels Catholic Church in St. Michaels, Arizona, with Father Edgardo Diaz officiating. Burial will follow at the Kinlichee community cemetery in Kinlichee, Arizona.
Wilbert was born May 31, 1983, in Fort Defiance, into Tótsohnii (Big Water Clan), born for Tsénjíkiní (Honey Combed Rock People Clan). He passed away Feb. 1, 2020, in Albuquerque.
Wilbert attended Ganado High School and worked in construction. He loved dancing, spending time with his family and was a fanatic New England Patriots fan.
Wilbert is survived by his stepson, Anthony Lemus and Landon Slivers; stepdaughter, Sierra Slivers; parents, Maybelle and Wilbur Lilly; brothers, Bernart Teller and Tony Lilly; and sisters, Zonnie Owens, Anna Owens, Brenda Owens, Minnie Lilly and Carol Lilly.
Wilbert is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Agnes Owens and Dick Teller; and paternal grandparents, Gail Yazzie and Alfred Lilly.
Pallbearers will be Mike Begay, Jaythan Slivers, Tony Lilly, Darell Yazzie and Helen Lytle.
Honorary pallbearers will be Wilbur Lilly, Bernart Teller, Anthony Lemus and Landon Slivers.
A reception will take place at the Kinlichee Chapter House, following services at 1 p.m.
Silver Creek Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Rosita J. Perry
TSAILE, Ariz. — Funeral services for Rosita J. Perry, 69, of Tsaile, Arizona, were held Feb. 5 at the LDS Church in Tsaile, with Luke Deswood officiating. Interment followed at the Lukachukai community cemetery in Lukachukai, Arizona.
Rosita was born Sept. 30, 1950, in Tsaile, into Tótsohnii (Big Water Clan), born for Tó’áhaní (Near the Water Clan). She passed away Feb. 1, 2020, in Albuquerque.
Rosita attended Chinle High School and worked for Greasewood Trading Post in Upper Greasewood, Arizona, and Lukachukai, for many years. She was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan who enjoyed playing bingo and playing Navajo 10 with her sisters.
Rosita is survived by her sons, Julian J. Perry and Jason C. Perry, both of Tsaile; daughter, Jana Perry of Tsaile; brother, Donald Johnson of Tsaile; sisters, Colleen Johnson, Amelia Yazzie, Verna Jim, Rosinda Yazzie and Delores Johnson; and five grandchildren.
Rosita is preceded in death by her mother, Lucy J. Lee; father, Cody Johnson; and sister, Wanda Johnson.
Summit Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Clara Mae Brown
ST. MICHAELS, Ariz. — Funeral services for Clara Mae Brown, 87, of St. Michaels, Arizona, were held Feb. 1 at the St. Michaels Church. Interment followed at the family plot in Hunters Point, Arizona.
Clara was born Jan. 7, 1933, in Hunters Point, into Tl’ógí (Hairy Ones/Weaver-Zia Clan), born for Tábaahá (Water’s Edge Clan). She passed away Jan. 26, 2020, in Tempe, Arizona.
Clara was employed as a cook at Navajo Inn and St. Mary’s Hospital. Her favorite color was purple and she enjoyed going to church, listening to KTNN, picking pinons, hauling wood and reading the bible.
Clara is survived by her sons, Thomas Lee Jr., Terry Lee, Phillip Lee, Jerry Lee Sr., Milton Thompson Jr. and Andy Lee; daughters, Mary Josephine Lee (Susie), Stella Lee and Ruby Lee; parents, Albert Notah and Josephine Whitegoat; brother, Howard Notah; and 27 grandchildren.
Clara is preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Brown.
Pallbearers were Milton Thompson Jr., Lucas Begay, Gary Lee, Derrick Slim and Gordon Ashley.
Honorary pallbearers were Brian Upshaw and Edward Williams.
Silver Creek Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.
FORT DEFIANCE — Funeral services for LaVon Wilson, 59, of Fort Defiance, will be held Friday, Feb. 7, at 10 a.m. at the Good Shepherd Mission in Fort Defiance, with Rev. Cathlena Plummer officiating. Burial will follow at the Fort Defiance community cemetery.
LaVon was born Oct. 1, 1960, in Fort Defiance, into Naaneesht’ézhi Táchii’nii (The Charcoal Streaked Division of the Red Running Into the Water Clan), born for Kiyaa’áanii (Towering House Clan). He passed away Feb. 2, 2020, in Albuquerque.
LaVon attended Window Rock Elementary School and Ch’ooshgai Community School. He was employed as a carpenter and mechanic.
LaVon enjoyed training wild horses, silversmith work, watching sports and was a Dallas Cowboys fan.
LaVon is survived by his son, Christopher Wayne Devin Yazzie; sisters, Bertha Curley, Dolly James and Mary Ayze; grandparents, Begbah and John Scott Sr.; and grandchild, Sheldon Yazzie.
LaVon is preceded in death by his parents, Sadie and Steven Wilson; brothers, Melvin Wilson and Mark Wilson; and sisters, Sarah W. Cleveland, Laura Wilson and Cheryl W. Tsosie.
Pallbearers will be Justin Curley Jr., Jimmy James Jr., Kendal Roanhorse and Lorenzo Gordy.
A reception will take place at the Good Shepherd Mission Thorne Building, following services.
Summit Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Edwin Wesley Brown
GALLUP — Funeral services for Edwin Wesley Brown, 45, will be held Friday, Feb. 7, at 10 a.m. at Rollie Mortuary in Gallup. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial.
Edwin was born June 23, 1974, in Winslow, Arizona, into the Tódích’íi’nii (Bitter Water Clan), born for Táchii’nii (Red Running Into the Water People Clan). His nali is Tl’ááshchí’í (Red Bottom People); chei is Tsi’naajinii (Black Streak Wood People). He passed away Feb. 1, 2020.
Edwin graduated from Gallup High School in 1992 and was a high school rodeo champion. He joined the Pipefitter Union Local 469 in Phoenix, transferring to Local 412 in Albuquerque. He was a member of the union for 25 years and 15 years with JB Henderson, traveling to Mississippi, Maryland and other various states.
Edwin is survived by his wife, Sophina Brown; sons, Ethan, and Evans Brown; mother, Roseanne Brown; and brother, Edison Brown Jr.
Edwin is preceded in death by his father, Edison Brown Sr.; and brother, Wes Brown.
Pallbearers will be Justin Solis, Trey Solis, Jon Curley, Karla Curley, Douglas Brown, Roderick Nez, Ronald Nez Jr. and Kyle Curley.
Rollie Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.