Obituaries for March 19, 2020
CHINLE — Funeral services for Ebah Hardy, 92, of Del Muerto, Arizona, will be held today, March 19, at 10 a.m. at the Chinle Potter House with Artie Aragon officiating. Burial will follow in Del Muerto.
Ebah was born Dec. 31, 1928, at Sunny Trail in Del Muerto, into the Áshiihí (Salt People Clan), born for Naakai dine’é (Mexican Clan). She passed away March 15, 2020, in Del Muerto.
Ebah was a farmer and rug weaver who enjoyed attending revivals.
Ebah is survived by her sons, Roger Hardy, Harrison Hardy and Ray Hardy; daughters, Genivie Hoswoot, Helena H. Draper, Eleanore H. Thompson and Virginia Hardy; brothers, Wallace Halwood, Archie Francis, James Yazzie and Charleston Draper; sister, Annie Gene; and 153 grandchildren.
Ebah is preceded in death by her brothers, Dan Halwood, Wilson Halwood, Benjamin Halwood and Bennie Draper.
Pallbearers will be family members.
A reception will take place at the Worship Center in Del Muerto, following services.
Summit Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Rose Jennie Cheschilly
GALLUP — Funeral services for Rose Jennie Cheschilly, 91, of Sheep Springs, New Mexico, were held March 18 at the Rollie Mortuary Chapel in Gallup, with Pastor Martin Eastridge officiating. Interment followed in Sheep Springs.
Rose was born Aug. 26, 1928, in Sheep Springs, into the Tl’ááshchí’í (Red Bottom People Clan), born for Tódích’íi’nii (Bitter Water Clan). She passed away March 15, 2020, in Sheep Springs.
Rose was employed with Indian Health Services and enjoyed collecting dolls, sewing, quilting, ranching, playing the harmonica and loved being with family.
Rose is survived by her husband, Richard T. Cheschilly Sr.; sons, Gerald House, Richard T. Cheschilly Jr. and Darryl Cheschilly; daughters, Beverly Cheschilly, Kathryn Johnson, Geri Cheschilly, Dora Cheschilly, Verla Cheschilly and Miranda Bitsilly; sisters, Katie Tsosie, Mable Rueben and Shirley Ross; and 21 grandchildren and 41 great-grandchildren.
Rose is preceded in death by Jennie Denetclaw-Scott, Richard Scott, Tony Scott and Benny Scott.
Pallbearers were family members.
Rollie Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.
Marie M. Dayzie
WINSLOW, Ariz. — Funeral services for Marie M. Dayzie, 80, will be held today, March 19, at 10 a.m. at the Winslow Funeral Home in Winslow, Arizona. Burial will follow at the Desert View Cemetery.
Marie was born in Keams Canyon, Arizona. She entered into rest on March 10, 2020, in Torrance, California.
Marie was a 1957 graduate of Sherman Indian Institute, located in Riverside, California, where she met and would marry her high school sweetheart, Jimmie Dayzie. They moved to Los Angeles and started a family.
Because Marie was skilled at sewing she became a seamstress and helped provide for her family for more than 25 years. She loved sewing and made clothing for her family and loved ones. She also loved cooking for everyone and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.
Marie is survived by her husband, Jimmie Dayzie; son, Lewie Dayzie; daughters, Lula Dayzie, Pearl Dayzie, Mabel D. Boone, Marie D. Rodriguez, Susie D. Singh, Judy A. Dayzie and Maria Dayzie; sisters, Nancy J. Yesslith and Marlene Monroe; brother, Joe Attakai; and 26 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.
Marie is also survived by Syliva Attakai, Betty Attakai and Veronica Attakai.
Marie is preceded in death by her son, Jimmie H. Dayzie Jr.; sisters, Dolly N. John, Darlene M Curtis, Roselina Monore and Lula Attakai; and brothers, Harry Monroe, Vance Monroe, Wallace Monroe, Roger Attakai, Johnson Attakai and Emerson Attakai.
Arrangements are being handled by Greer’s Mortuary.
Jonathan Dean Chee
WINSLOW, Ariz. — Graveside service for Jonathan Dean Chee, of Phoenix, will be held today, March 19, at 11 a.m. at a burial site in Winslow, Arizona, with Ron Little officiating.
Jonathan was born May 16, 1989, in Phoenix, into the Tótsohnii (Big Water Clan), born for Pima—Gila River. He passed away March 10, 2020, in Phoenix.
Jonathan attended Thunderbird High School in Phoenix, and was employed as a disc jockey and drawshot pool player.
Jonathan loved dogs and enjoyed playing pool and spending time with family and friends.
Jonathan is survived by his mother, Deanna Chee Hadley; sister, Shondíín L. Chee White; and grandmother, Maggie Nelson Keams.
Jonathan is preceded in death by his uncle, Roland E. Keams; and grandfather, Eddie Keams.
Pallbearers will be Shondíín Chee, Michael Alexander, Mariah Alexander, Mandisa Alexander, Ramiro S. Rameriz and Edgar Ramos.
Honorary pallbearers will be Lawrence White Sr., Franklin Chee, Jim Ray Bydone, Rick Dodge, Steven James, Kelvin James, Maggie N. Keams, Pearl Ann Keams, Miranda Miguel and Tammy Nacho.
A reception will take place at the United Methodist Fellowship Hall, following service.
Silver Creek Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
THOREAU, N.M. — Funeral services for Cordan Damon, 30, of Thoreau, New Mexico, will be held Friday, March 20, at 10 a.m. at the Thoreau First Baptist Church with Curtis Lengefeld officiating.
Burial will follow in Thoreau.
Cordan was born July 21, 1989, in Gallup, into the Tó baazhní’ázhí (Two Who Came To the Water Clan), born for Tsi’naajinii (Black Streak Wood People Clan). He passed away March 14, 2020, in Gallup.
Cordan graduated from Thoreau High School and received an associate’s degree in culinary arts from Navajo Technical University. He was self-employed at the time of his death.
Cordan loved cooking, drawing, watching football games and spending time with his family.
Cordan is survived by his parents, Hubert and Renee Damon of Thoreau; brother, Sean Damon of Thoreau; and sisters, Cherish Damon of Thoreau, and Brittany Damon Martinez of Gallup.
Cordan is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Johnny and Maxine Abeita; and paternal grandparents, Edison and Eva Damon.
Pallbearers will be Richard Vigil Jr., Michael Platero, Adrian Damon, Cameron Sam, Sean Damon and Tash Tewa.
Honorary pallbearers will be Bernard Sam, Hubert Damon, Byron Damon, Samford Sam, Marvin Abeita Jr., Cody Abeita and Bronston Martinez Sr.
A reception will take place at the Thoreau Church of God Fellowship Hall, following services.
Rollie Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Melissa Mae Nalwood
FORT DEFIANCE — Funeral services for Melissa Mae Nalwood, 50, of Sawmill, Arizona, were held March 17 at The Family Church Assembly of God Revival Center in Fort Defiance, with Ken Delaney officiating. Interment followed at the family plot in Sawmill.
Melissa was born Dec. 18, 1969, in Fort Defiance, into the Táchii’nii (Red Running Into the Water People Clan), born for Dibélzhíní (Black Sheep Clan). She passed away March 11, 2020, in Flagstaff.
Melissa received a high school diploma and training in Albuquerque, and attended nursing school in Mesa, Arizona. Earlier in her life, she worked in the credit department at the Navajo Nation offices.
Melissa enjoyed fishing, traveling, cooking and watching her favorite teams, Dallas Cowboys and Oklahoma Sooners.
Melissa is survived by her husband, Lyle Curtis; son, Malcolm Nalwood; parents, Elvira Tallwood and Nelson Nalwood; sisters, Lisa Tallwood and Denise Tallwood; and two grandchildren, Malika Nalwood and Zachary Nalwood.
Melissa is preceded in death by her brother, Norman Tallwood; great-grandparents, Newton and Edna Brown; and grandparents, Susie and Hosteen Tallwood; and nali, Ella Mae Nalwood.
Pallbearers were Derrick Tallwood, Sheridan Tallwood, Elmer Tallwood and Freeland Shirley.
Honorary pallbearers were Malcolm Nalwood, Lyle Curtis, Patrick Shirley, Nelson Nalwood, Alec Dineyazhe and Zachary Nalwood.
Silver Creek Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.
Buddy B. Morgan
PINEDALE, Ariz. — Funeral services for Buddy B. Morgan, 83, of Phoenix, were held March 17 in Pinedale, Arizona.
Buddy was born May 6, 1937, in Dalton Pass, New Mexico, into the Tó baazhní’ázhí (Two Who Came To the Water Clan), born for Áshiihí (Salt People Clan). He passed away March 15, 2020, in Phoenix.
Buddy is a 1958 graduate of Riverside Indian School in Anadarko, Oklahoma. He received a degree in industrial arts in 1960 at Haskell Indian Junior College in Lawrence, Kansas.
Buddy enjoyed painting Native artwork, taking pictures, traveling and being with his children and grandchildren.
Buddy is survived by his wife, Glenda G. Morgan; son, Gerald Glenn Morgan; daughters, Beverly Ann Mitchell, Brenda Charley and Missy Morgan-Clauschee; brother, Edison E. Morgan; sister, Katherine Peterson; and 14 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Buddy is preceded in death by his daughter, Barbara A. Morgan; son, Gerard G. Morgan; granddaughter, Donella R. Clauschee; sister, Roberta Thompson; mother, Anna Morgan; father, Silas Morgan; and Jack C. Morgan, Elroy Thompson, Robert Morgan and Sarah Zuni.
Pallbearers were Delos R. Hawkins III, Jerreth G. Morgan, Jeremy I. Morgan, Jerry Charley, Julian G. Morgan, Auska K. Mitchell Jr., Conner Collins and Ernest Clauschee.
Honorary pallbearers were Gerald G. Morgan, Arlin Ben, Edison E. Morgan, Johnny R. Thompson, Kenneth Peshlakai, Auska K. Mitchell Sr., James Harjo, Ronald Morgan and Larry Thompson.
Cope Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.