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Obituaries for June 11, 2015

Ambrose Francis Kinlicheeny Sr.

GREASEWOOD, Ariz. — Funeral services for Ambrose Francis Kinlicheeny Sr., of Fort Defiance, will be held today, June 11, at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church in Greasewood, Ariz., with Father Dale Jamison officiating. Burial will follow in Greasewood.

Ambrose was born Sept. 1, 1942, in Winslow, Ariz., into the Tótsohnii (Big Water Clan), born for Kiyaa’aanii (Towering House Clan). He died June 6, 2015, in Gallup.

Ambrose attended St. John’s Indian School, Diné College and received auto diesel training in Chicago, Ill. He enjoyed reading and silversmith work.

Ambrose is survived by his wife, Della Mae Kinlicheeny; son, Ambrose John Kinlicheeny Jr.; daughters, Kimberly Curley, Kathleen Hobbell and Doreen Kinlicheeny; brothers, Bernard Kinlicheeny and Benjiman Kinlicheeny; sisters, Jeanette Kinlicheeny and Patricia Paul; and grandparent, Kinlicheeny Sani.

Ambrose is preceded in death by Angela Kinlicheeny, George Kinlicheeny, and parents, Richard and Antoinette Kinlicheeny.

Honorary pallbearers will be Ambrose Kinlicheeny Jr., Benjiman Kinlicheeny, Jadon Lee, Bernard Kinlicheeny Sr., Bernard Kinlicheeny Jr., Frederick Paul, Richard Paul, Nathaniel Paul, and Christopher Kinlicheeny.

A reception will take place at Greasewood Chapter House following services.

Silver Creek Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Sallie Chato Johnny

FORT DEFIANCE — Funeral services for Sallie Chato Johnny, 90, of Fort Defiance, were held June 9 at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament in Fort Defiance, with Father Gilbert Schneider officiating. Interment followed at the Tohatchi community cemetery in Tohatchi, N.M.

Sallie was born May 18, 1925, in Tohatchi, into the Tsi’naajinii (Black Streak Wood People Clan), born for Haltsooi (Meadow People Clan). She died June 3, 2015, in Chandler, Ariz.

Sallie was employed with Window Rock School District retiring in 1997. She was also employed with Thunder Corporation, Little Miss Muffet Day Care, General Dynamics, and Navajo Arts and Crafts. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting and ceramics.

Sallie is survived by her daughters, Regina Francisco and Diana Dechilly, both of Fort Defiance; sisters, Ella Begay of Albuquerque, and Sadie Hardy of Blackhat, N.M.; and 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Sallie is preceded in death by her husband, Earl Johnny; son, Vincent Johnny; great-grandson, Cooper Johnny; father, Jack Chato; mother, Nedebah Chato; six brothers and four sisters.

Pallbearers were Bryan Johnny, Delmer Francisco, Jenna Dechilly, Everett Begay, Marvin Francisco, and Jacoby Thompson.

Honorary pallbearers were Chato Francisco and Micah Francisco.

Silver Creek Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Mike Joe

GALLUP – Funeral services for Mike Joe, 43, will be held today, June 11, at 10 a.m. at Rollie Mortuary in Gallup. Burial will follow at the Rehoboth cemetery in Rehoboth, N.M.

Mike was born June 26, 1971, in Gallup, into the Tsi’naajinii (Black Streak Wood People Clan), born for T‡baah‡ (Water’s Edge Clan). He died June 6, 2015.

Mike is a 1989 graduate of Valley High School in Sanders, Ariz. He was employed with Cooperstate Fire, Powerline Technologies and Ernie’s Fire Extinguisher. He enjoyed team roping, blackjack, pool, and golfing.

Mike is survived by his son, Sheldon Paul Joe; and sister, Jennifer White.

Pallbearers will be Vernon Livingston, Sonny Murphy, Glenn Mayes, Edison Spencer, Kendell Gaddy, and Waylon Joe.

Rollie Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Michelle Jane Sampson

ST. MICHAELS, Ariz. — Funeral services for Michelle Jane Sampson, 34, of St. Michaels, Ariz., will be held Friday, June 12, at 10 a.m. at the St. Michaels Catholic Church, with Patrick officiating. Burial will follow at the St. Michaels cemetery.

Michelle was born April 20, 1981, in Gallup, into the Hashk’aa hadzohi (Yucca Fruit-Strung-out-in-a-Line Clan), born for Kiyaa’aanii (Towering House Clan). She died June 6, 2015, in Oklahoma.

Michelle graduated from Window Rock High School and Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute in Albuquerque. She was employed as a correctional officer, dry cleaner and worked at McDonald’s in Shawnee, Okla. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

Michelle is survived by her husband, Alva Otis Anderson; son, Terrlle Anderson of Oklahoma; brother, Joe Sampson Jr.; and sister, Stephanie Jane Sampson.

Michelle is preceded in death by her parents, Joe and Sarah Sampson; and grandparents, Richard and Rose Bia.

Pallbearers will be Kevin Tabaha, Nelson Tabaha Jr., Jeffery Plummer, Byron Sampson, Steve Warner, and Steven Warner.

Honorary pallbearers will be Garrick Tabaha and Brian Sam.

A reception will take place at St. Michaels Chapter House following services.

Silver Creek Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Arthur Willie

GALLUP — Funeral services for Arthur Willie, 67, were held June 10 at Rollie Mortuary in Gallup. Interment followed at the family plot in Tohlakai, N.M.

Arthur was born Jan. 21, 1948, in Tohlakai, into the T‡baah‡ (Water’s Edge Clan), born for Tsi’naajinii (Black Streak Wood People Clan). He died June 4, 2015.

Arthur was employed with the railroad and various companies as a laborer and delivery driver. He also worked with the coalmine and was a silversmith. He enjoyed playing his guitar.

Arthur is survived by his daughter, Dora Willie of Tacoma, Wash.; son, Eric Willie of Church Rock, N.M.; and sister, Etta Yazzie of Tohlakai.

Arthur is preceded in death by his parents, Addie and Artoy Willie; sister, Rebecca Shack; brothers, Albert and Paul Willie; and grandson, Tyrell Tsosie.

Pallbearers were Raynard Shack, Raymond Shack, Eric Shack, Jerrod Hoskie, and Alejandro Willie.

Rollie Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Lillie Jane Thomas

KLAGETOH, Ariz. — Funeral services for Lillie Jane Thomas, 34, of Klagetoh, Ariz., were held June 6 at the Klagetoh Mennonite Church. Interment followed at the Wide Ruins Mission Cemetery.

Lillie was born March 10, 1931, in Klagetoh, into the Tsi’naajinii (Black Streak Wood People Clan), born for Kinyaa’‡anii (Towering House Clan). She died May 29, 2015, at the Payson Regional Hospital in Payson, Ariz.

Lillie was employed as a cook at Navajo Café for a number of years. She enjoyed sewing, making dolls, weaving rugs, and being among family members.

Lillie is survived by her sons, Ernest Thomas and Daniel Shirley; daughter, Margery Shirley; brother, Harold Yazzie; sisters, Lerena Lynch, Fannie Jarmillio and Nancy Chee; and six grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Lillie is preceded in death by three brothers, son, and parents, Alice Mary Yazzie and Frank Begay.

Pallbearers were Tom Yazzie Jr., Andy Yazzie, Nickolis Joe, Christopher Joe, Ana Baloo, and Kendall Thomas.

Honorary pallbearers were Daniel Shirley, Ernest Thomas, John Billy, Darrell Joe, and Kendall Thomas.

Silver Creek Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Kee Lee Yazzie

FISH POINT, Ariz. — Graveside service for Kee Lee Yazzie, 75, of Fish Point, Ariz., were held June 8 in Fish Point, with Daniel Smiley officiating. A reception followed in Fish Point.

Kee was born June 9, 1939, in Black Mountain, Ariz., into the Tsénjikini (Honey Combed Rock People Clan), born for Tó’aheedliinii (Water Flow Together Clan). He died June 3, 2015, in Black Mountain.

Kee attended the five-year program at Sherman Institute in California, and was employed with the railroad. He was a ranch hand and helped people herd sheep and cattle.

Kee is survived by his sons, Jerome Yazzie and Kee Lee Yazzie Jr.; daughters, Lisa Yazzie and Lucille Yazzie; parents, Ason Bah Yazzie and Hosteen Yazzie; brothers, Roy L. Yazzie and Kee Yazzie Tsosie; and nine grandchildren.

Kee is preceded in death by five brothers and three sisters.

Honorary pallbearers were Roy Yazzie and Kee Yazzie Tsosie.

Silver Creek Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Jervis L. Platero Jr.

ALBUQUERQUE — Funeral services for Jervis L. Platero Jr., 26, of Canoncito, N.M., were held June 6 at Daniels Chapel in Albuquerque, with Lester Secatero officiating. Interment and a reception followed in Canoncito.

Jervis was born into the T‡chii’nii (Red Running Into the Water People Clan), born for Naakai dine’é (Mexican Clan). He died May 25, 2015, in Albuquerque.

Jervis attended Canoncito Community School and was employed as a home chef. He enjoyed cooking, baking, spending time with family and friends, music, horses, volleyball, and traveling.

Jervis is survived by his parents, Jervis L. Platero Sr. and JoMarie Secatero; brothers, Elliott, Ellison, Jude, Gary Jr., and Craig; sisters, Jessica, Emile, Chantel, Chelsea, Lynzee, and Jocelyn; and nali, Lorenzo and Margret Platero.

Jervis is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Dennis and Selina Chavez.

Pallbearers were Jessica, Emile, Sonya, Chelsea, Seth, Elliott, Ellison, and Jude.

Honorary pallbearers were Jervis Platero, Elliott, Ellison, Jude, Gary Jr., Craig, and Lorenzo Platero.

Daniels Family Funeral Services-Alameda Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

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