Obituaries for Oct. 28, 2021
Mary A. Willie
GALLUP — Funeral services for Mary Alice Willie, 95, of Coyote Canyon, New Mexico, will be held today, Oct. 28, at 2 p.m., at the Rollie Mortuary Chapel in Gallup, with Delbert Nez officiating. Burial will follow at the Gallup City Cemetery.
Mary was born April 12, 1926, in Coyote Canyon, into the Tódích’íi’nii (Bitter Water Clan), born for Kinłichíi’nii (Red House People Clan). She passed away Oct. 19, 2021, in Farmington.
Mary enjoyed sewing, arts and crafts, weaving, and watching the Dallas Cowboys play.
Mary is survived by her brother, Thomas Willie; and 18 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren.
Mary is preceded in death by her parents, Dan and Althmadezbah Willie; sons, Anderson Benally Sr., Ernest Willie Sr. and David Willie; sister, Helen Willie; and brothers, Archie Wilson and Emerson Willie.
Pallbearers will be Dexter Willie, Ernest Willie Jr., Demetri Martin, Alphonzo Benally, Anderson Benally Jr., and Elijah Tom.
Honorary pallbearers will be Devin Willie, Levi Yazzie, Thomas Willie, Travis Yazzie, Darrin Spencer, and Shawn Johnson.
A reception will take place at the Twin Buttes Church of Nazarene (next to Gallup Propane), following services.
Rollie Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Alice L. Hildreth
STANDING ROCK, N.M. — Graveside service for Alice L. Hildreth, 91, of Standing Rock, New Mexico, was held Oct. 23 at the family plot in Standing Rock.
Alice was born Jan. 2, 1930, in Standing Rock, into the Haltsooí (Meadow People Clan), born for Táchii’nii (Red Running Into the Water People Clan). She passed away Oct. 19, 2021, in Becenti, New Mexico.
Alice was a homemaker, silversmith, rug weaver, and traditional medicine woman. She enjoyed taking care of her livestock, weaving, sewing, singing, storytelling, and helping people with prayers.
Alice is survived by her sons, Lewis Hildreth Sr. and Gilbert Hildreth Jr.; daughters, Jennifer Hildreth-Benally and Junefier Kee; sisters, Sally Garcia, Tillie Lewis and Sara Montoya; and 32 grandchildren and 56 great-grandchildren.
Alice is preceded in death by her husband, Gilbert Hildreth Sr.; daughter, Eva L. Hildreth; son, Lester G. Hildreth; parents, five brothers, and two sisters.
Pallbearers were Gilbert Hildreth Jr., Wade T. Tom, Quentin A. Benally, Quincy A. Benally, Marshall A. Benally, and Thurman Lewis.
Honorary pallbearers were Lewis Hildreth Sr., Jennifer Benally, Junefier Kee, Roberta Begay, Genevieve Tsouhlarakis, and George Tsouhlarakis.
Rollie Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.
Helen M. Curley
GANADO, Ariz. — Funeral services for Helen M. Curley, 86, of Ganado, Arizona, will be held Friday, Oct. 29, at 10 a.m., at the Ganado Baptist Church with Pastor Mark Haynes officiating. Burial will follow in Window Rock.
Helen was born Jan. 19, 1935, in Window Rock, into the Kinyaa’áanii (Towering House Clan), born for Honágháahnii (One-walks-around Clan). She passed away Oct. 21, 2021, in Ganado.
Helen attended Gallup High School and was a homemaker, a pastor’s wife, Sunday School teacher, church secretary/treasurer, and rug weaver.
Helen was a disciple to women in the word of God and was recognized by the Ganado community for her service to the youth. She enjoyed reading, studying her Bible, and sharing God’s word with anyone she came in contact with.
Helen is survived by her sons, Harry D. Curley Jr., Harrison D. Curley, Harold D. Curley, and Harrington Curley; daughters, Harriet Curley-Redhouse, Evangeline Curley-Thomas, Hilda M. Wilcox, Helena M. Hill, Eveline Curley-Sandoval, and Evonne Curley; sisters, Sadie Walker and Alta M. Neswood; and 18 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Helen is preceded in death by her husband, Harry D. Curley Sr.; brothers, Austin F. Wayno Jr. and Henry Wayno; and sisters, Arlene Thomas and Mary Jean Wayno.
Pallbearers will be Augustus S. Sandoval, Luna Hill, Hernell Shondee, Telbe Thomas, Lolee Neswood Jr., David Kirk Jr., Clayton Curley, and Harold Tsosie.
Summit Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Caroline J. Sloan
GALLUP — Funeral services for Caroline June Sloan, 58, of Crownpoint, will be held Friday, Oct. 29, at 11 a.m., at The Door Christian Fellowship Church in Gallup, with Pastor Tom Payne officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park.
Caroline was born June 29, 1963, into the Tsenabahiłnii (Sleep Rock People Clan), born for Tł’ógí (Hairy Ones/Weaver-Zia Clan). She passed away Oct. 20, 2021, in Albuquerque.
Caroline graduated from Crownpoint High School on May 30, 1980, and worked at the Crownpoint hospital and Gallup-McKinley County Schools. She loved to attend The Door Christian Fellowship Church and spend time with her children and grandchildren.
Caroline is survived by her sons, Earl Yazzie, Josiah Yazzie and Amos Yazzie Jr.; daughter, Julianne Yazzie; brothers, Martin Sloan and Jonathan Sloan; sisters, Beverly Becenti and Regina Roanhorse; and eight grandchildren.
Caroline is preceded in death by her mother, Virginia Sloan; father, Amos K. Sloan Sr.; and brother, Amos Sloan.
Pallbearers will be Martin Sloan, Jonathan Sloan, Josiah Yazzie, Amos Yazzie Jr., Terry Becenti, and Nathaniel Calabaza.
Rollie Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Alberta M. Green
GANADO, Ariz. — Graveside service for Alberta Mae Green, 55, of Ganado, Arizona, will be held Friday, Oct. 29, in Ganado, at 10 a.m.
Alberta was born April 29, 1966, in Fort Defiance, into the Tódích’íi’nii (Bitter Water Clan), born for Honágháahnii (One-walks-around Clan). She passed away Oct. 23, 2021, in Gallup.
Alberta attended Ganado High School through the 11th grade and completed her GED at Northern Pioneer College. She previously worked at T&R Market and Smitty’s in Phoenix.
Alberta enjoyed attending gourd dances, playing pool online, exploring new places with her grandchildren, taking drives, dancing, and making people laugh.
Alberta is survived by her daughters, Dorraine R. Begay, Vanessa R. Peralta and Areyonna Green; mother, Mevalon Sharon Ross; brothers, Albert E. Ross III, Lynn E. Ross, Aaron Ross, and Eric Ross; sister, Regina Ross; and three grandchildren.
Alberta is preceded in death by her father, Albert E. Ross Jr.; brother, Tom Joe Ashley Jr.; sister, Philomena Ross; nephew, Troy B. Wood; and husband, Victor Green.
Pallbearers will be Aaron Ross, Eric Ross, Dennison, Lynn Ross, Isaac Peralta Sr., Ginn, Yoshi, and Brandon James.
Honorary pallbearers will be Isaac Peralta Jr., Isaiah Peralta, Richard Clark, Elvis James, Charley James, and Cedric “Bubba” Whitefeather.
A reception will take place at the Rio Puerco Acres, No. 230, located across That’s-A-Burger (green roof, 4th speed bump on the left) in Fort Defiance, following service.
Silver Creek Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Pastor Elizabeth Bryant
INSCRIPTION HOUSE, Ariz. — After a good long arduous fight with injury related complications, Pastor Elizabeth Bryant passed on Oct. 26, 2021.
Elizabeth was a pastor at Inscription House Full Gospel Church in Inscription House, Arizona. She is a beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend.
For nearly half a century, Pastor Bryant served her community and Navajo Nation meritoriously in the capacity as a pastor, minister, and a well-known Navajo gospel singer known for her striking voice. She served faithfully never wavering in her faith.
Pastor Bryant is an individual who always walks in true K’é (covenant kindness) and made you feel loved and welcomed. She brought joy and laughter to all who were around her. She will be missed greatly and her legacy will carry on through her loved ones, her music, and all she touched.
Please pray for her family during this challenging time. Thank you for your continued support and loving kindness and God bless.
Andrew F. Begaye
FARMINGTON — Funeral services for Andrew F. Begaye, 71, of Shiprock, will be held today, Oct. 28, at the First Baptist Church in Farmington. Burial will follow at the Memory Garden in Farmington.
Andrew was born June 19, 1950, in Shiprock, into the Kinłichíi’nii (Red House People Clan), born for Bit’ahnii (Under His Cover Clan). His nalí is ‘Áshįįhí (Salt People); cheii is Táchii’nii (Red Running Into the Water People). He passed away Oct. 20, 2021, in Farmington.
Andrew attended Shiprock High School, Howard Payne, and Contra Costa. He worked for Shiprock Trading Post, Shiprock Schools, NAPI, and was a minister.
Andrew enjoyed teaching, mentoring, training, and was a disciple to people to have a close and intimate relationship with God.
Andrew is survived by his wife, Eunice Begaye; children, Quataunya Morgan, Deirryck Begaye and Quarythea Begaye; siblings, Russell Begaye, Raye Begaye, Stella Clyde, Alice Norton, and Lottie Ben; and seven grandchildren.
Andrew is preceded in death by his parents, Mary Wood-Kinsel and Ambrose Begaye; brothers, Raymond Begaye and Ambrose Roy Begaye; and sister, Cecilia Brown.
Pallbearers will be Ambrose Begaye, Greggory Yellowman, Nathaniel Norton, Frank Archuleta, Shawn Marshall, Fred Jim Jr., Jordan Hale, and Jonathan Johnson.
Honorary pallbearers will be Sam P. Morgan III, Sam P. Morgan IV, Joshua A. Morgan, Gabriel Eaton, Tracey Raymond, Darryn Ben, Raye Begaye, Russell Begaye, James Eaton, and Melvin Scott.
A reception will take place at the First Baptist Church in Bloomfield, New Mexico, following services.
Desert View Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Norman G. Lee
OLD COALMINE, N.M. — Graveside service for Norman George Lee, 60, of Old Coalmine, New Mexico, will be held today, Oct. 28, at 10 a.m., at the family plot in Old Coalmine.
Norman was born Oct. 6, 1961, in Fort Defiance, into the ‘Áshįįhí (Salt People Clan), born for Tábąąhá (Water’s Edge Clan). He passed away Oct. 22, 2021, in Farmington.
Norman graduated from Fort Wingate High School and was a self-employed carpenter. He also worked in landscaping and did janitorial and mechanic work.
Norman enjoyed playing basketball and fast-pitch softball, riding horses and motorcycles, watching church on TV, and was a die-hard Dallas Cowboys fan.
Norman is survived by his brother, Alvin Lee; and sisters, Mildred Blackgoat, Kathleen Lee and Sharon Lee.
Norman is preceded in death by his mother, Louise W. Yazzie; father, James G. Lee; stepfather, Thomas Yazzie; and brother, Christopher Lee.
Pallbearers will be Alvin Lee, Christopher Lee, Durando Scott, Marcus Blackgoat, Chase Blackgoat, and Xavier Sagaste.
Honorary pallbearers will be Victoria Lee, Shandara Lee, Shannon Lee, Joseph Moose, Edison Blackgoat, and Virgil Plummer.
A reception will take place at the late Louise Yazzie’s residence in Old Coalmine, following service.
Summit Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Gerald L. Schrock
GALLUP — Graveside service for Gerald Luke Schrock, 51, of Gallup, was held Oct. 27 at Sunset Memorial in Gallup.
Gerald was born Dec. 9, 1969, in East Los Angeles, California. He passed away Oct. 24, 2021, in Bismarck, North Dakota.
Gerald loved to powwow, travel, and was a jack-of-all trades.
Gerald is survived by his sons, Luke Dakota Schrock and Sky Schrock; daughters, Dominique Schrock, Priscillena Schrock and Lexin Schrock; mother, Priscilla Schrock; brothers, Duane Schrock and Arthur Schrock; sister, Vonnie Schrock; grandparents, Flora Belle and Harry Schrock; and 10 grandchildren.
Gerald is preceded in death by his father, Gerald Schrock.
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