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Obituaries for Nov. 4, 2021

Cecelia J. Morris

Cecelia J. Morris

GALLUP — Funeral services for Cecelia Jim Morris, 79, of Mexican Springs, New Mexico, were held Nov. 3 at Rollie Mortuary in Gallup, with Donald “Don” James officiating. Interment followed at the Lone Pine Cemetery in Mexican Springs.

Cecelia was born July 14, 1942, in Crownpoint, into the Tsenabahiłnii (Sleep Rock People Clan), born for Tódích’íi’nii (Bitter Water Clan). She passed away Oct. 22, 2021, in Mexican Springs.

Cecelia attended Standing Rock Elementary and graduated from Wingate High School in 1962. She attended New Mexico State University and the University of New Mexico-Gallup Branch.

Cecelia worked for the Ch’ooshgai Community School FACE Program, ONEO Alcohol Program, Navajo Nation Behavior Health Services, and was a substance abuse counselor in Crownpoint. She was a member of the Tohatchi Veterans Organization and enjoyed reading the daily newspaper, sewing, crossword puzzles, crocheting, and being the best mother and grandmother.

Cecelia is survived by her son, Elderick Morris; daughter, Jennifer Morris-Valenzuela; brother, Clinton Jim Sr.; and 13 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Cecelia is preceded in death by her husband, James E. Morris; son, Americk J. Morris; brothers, Samson Jim and Harvey Jim Sr.; parents, Mary Kay and Willie Jim; and grandparents, Bigie Bah and Sam Jim.

Pallbearers were Adrian Morris, Kendrick Morris, Bennett Nolan Yazzie, Brent Yazzie, and Riley Morris.

Honorary pallbearers were Elderick Morris, Derrick Morris, Clinton Jim, and Chilito Valenzuela.

Rollie Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Maggie P. Davison

Maggie P. Davison

OJO ENCINO, N.M. — Tent service for Maggie Pinto Davison, 64, of Ojo Encino, New Mexico, will be held Saturday, Nov. 6, at 10 a.m., in Ojo Encino, with Larry Jack officiating. Burial will follow at the Ojo Encino community cemetery.

Maggie was born March 17, 1957, in Ojo Encino, into the Hashtł’ishnii (Mud Clan), born for ‘Áshįįhí (Salt People Clan). Her nálí is Tótsohníí (Big Water); cheii is Ta’neeszahnii (Tangle). She passed away Oct. 28, 2021, in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.

Maggie graduated from Smithville High School in Logan, Utah, and was employed at the Presbyterian Medical Services Cuba Health Clinic for 45 years. She enjoyed spending time with her family, crocheting, traveling, and hauling wood. She loved the Steelers football team and helping people in need.

Maggie is survived by her husband, Glen Sandoval; son, Brennon Chiquito; daughters, Marina Pinto, Reitina Davison, Benisha Chiquito, and Benigna Chiquito; brothers, Leroy Pinto and Manuel Pinto; sisters, Lorraine Castillo, Laura Pinto, Fannie Pinto, and Eleanor Castillo; and 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Maggie is preceded in death by Jose Pinto Jr., Mark Pinto and Rubert Davison; and parents, Esther Pinto and Jose Rinton.

A reception will take place in Ojo Encino, following services.

Cope Memorial Kirtland is in charge of arrangements.

Brian Smith

Brian Smith

CHINLE — Graveside service for Brian Smith, 39, of Many Farms, Arizona, will be held today, Nov. 4, at 10 a.m., at the Chinle community cemetery in Chinle, with Father PJ Pabatao officiating.

Brian was born March 20, 1982, in Tuba City, into the Tł’ááshchí’I (Red Bottom People Clan), born for Tsi’naajinii (Black Streak Wood People Clan). He passed away Oct. 25, 2021, in Flagstaff.

Brian attended Many Farms Elementary School and Chinle Junior High School, receiving his GED from Red Mesa High School in 2005. He enjoyed listening to music, making his family and friends laugh, helping those in need in repairing fences and replacing roofing, and taking care of his elder relatives.

Brian is survived by his sons, Jermaine Smith and Annon Smith; mother, Pauline Smith; and sisters, Davina Whitethorne, Marissa Smith-Keams and Stephanie Smith.

Brian is preceded in death by his father, Harry D. Begay Jr.; and grandparents, Agnes D. Begay, Harry D. Begay Sr. and Arabella Jensen.

Pallbearers will be Jermaine Smith, Fredell Begay, Myles Thompson, Lavelle Gray, Donovan Deswood, and Jerrison Nez.

Honorary pallbearers will be Annon Smith, Gerald Begay, Jonathan Begay, Nashan Brown, Dominic Deswood, and Andrew Tah.

A reception will take place in Many Farms (3.5 miles north of Speedway gas station), following service.

Summit Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Henry P. Francisco Jr.

GALLUP — Funeral services for Henry P. Francisco Jr., 50, of Fort Defiance, will be held Friday, Nov. 5, at 10 a.m., at Rollie Mortuary in Gallup, with Rollie Mortuary officiating. Burial will follow in Fort Defiance.

Henry was born April 4, 1971, in Fort Defiance, into the ‘Áshįįhí (Salt People Clan), born for Tó’áhaní (Near the Water Clan). He passed away Oct. 22, 2021, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Henry enjoyed spending time with his family, watching the Dallas Cowboys play, and attending Window Rock High School football and basketball games.

Henry is survived by his son, Marcus Francisco; daughters, Mariah Francisco and Marisa Francisco; mother, Alice P. Francisco; grandparents, Nonabah and Alfred Plummer Sr., and Alice and Chester T. Francisco; and three grandchildren.

Henry is preceded in death by Fritz Francisco and Henry T. Francisco Sr.

Pallbearers will be Ruben Begay, Jordan Begay, Ricky Destea, Billy Destea Jr., Ivan Destea, and Darryl Becenti.

A drive-thru reception will take place at the pink NHA two-story town housing, Apartment No. 15, in Fort Defiance, following services.

Rollie Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Timothy Damon

FORT DEFIANCE — Funeral service for Timothy Damon, 47, of Window Rock, will be held Monday, Nov. 8, at 11 a.m., at the Potters House Church in Fort Defiance, with Pastor Martin Haven officiating.

Timothy was born Nov. 12, 1973, in Gallup, into the Tódík’ózhí (Salt Water Clan), born for Tábąąhá (Water’s Edge Clan). He passed away Oct. 28, 2021, in Phoenix.

Timothy loved going to church with his sons.

Timothy is survived by his sons, Lee R. Damon and Wyatt A. Damon; parents, Clara L. Damon and Matthew R. Damon; brothers, Elijah Damon, Methusela Damon, Zachariah Damon, and Jonah Damon; and sisters, Pamela Damon, Donna Damon and Deborah Damon.

Honorary pallbearers will be Lee R. Damon, Wyatt A. Damon, Matthew R. Damon, Elijah Damon, Azariah Damon, Methusela Damon, Zachariah Damon, Zephaniah Damon, and Jonah Damon.

A drive-thru reception will take place at the Potters House Church, following service.

Rollie Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

David C. Smith Jr.

GALLUP — Funeral service for David C. Smith Jr., 46, of Lupton, Arizona, was held Nov. 1 at Rollie Mortuary in Gallup, with Virgil Chee officiating.

David was born May 22, 1975, in Gallup, into the Tódích’íi’nii (Bitter Water Clan), born for Honágháahnii (One-walks-around Clan). He passed away Oct. 8, 2021, in Albuquerque.

David attended CIT and the University of New Mexico. He worked at Global Market, Foster’s, Speedy’s, and Flying J.

David enjoyed working on vehicles, drawing, cooking, visiting family, watching movies, and traveling.

David is survived by his wife, Emily Jim; son, David Smith Jr.; daughters, Nivea Smith and Tasheena Smith; brother, Cornelius Smith; and sisters, Cleo Juan, Paulette Lee and Paula Lee.

David is preceded in death by his parents, Rita Lee and David Smith; grandparents, Marie and Lloyd Baldwin; and sisters, Monica Lee and April Juan.

Pallbearers were David Smith III, Cornelius Smith, Jett Juan, Roberto Rendon, Anthony Garcia, and Alfonso Zavala.

Rollie Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


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