Obituaries for Sept. 15, 2022
Ardith C. Curley
FLAGSTAFF — Funeral services for Ardith Chase Curley, 96, will be held Saturday, Sept. 17, at 10 a.m. (MST) at the NPHX Church (3400 E. Lockett Road) in Flagstaff. Burial will follow at the Citizens Cemetery in Flagstaff.
Viewing will take place Friday, Sept. 16, at 5 p.m., at the Flagstaff Indian Bible Church (10 W. Cherry Ave.).
Ardith went home to be with her heavenly Father on Sept. 5, 2022. She spent many years in ministry from 1960 to 1990 working with Flagstaff Mission to the Navajos.
During her time in ministry, Ardith worked helping many of her Navajo people through grief, family struggles, and through disciplining and mentoring by providing classes and one-on-one training in building strength through her lessons in strengthening individual and family foundations.
Ardith will be missed by many of her friends, family members, and loved ones.
Ardith is survived by her five children, 14 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren.
Ardith is preceded in death by her husband, Reuben Curley Sr., a World War II veteran, son, daughter, and great-great-grandchild.
Dorothy B. Long
GALLUP — Funeral services for Dorothy Bahe Long, 79, of Pretty Rock, New Mexico, were held Sept. 9 at Cope Memorial Chapel in Gallup, with Pastor Ted Farris officiating. Interment followed at the Hillcrest Cemetery in Gallup.
Dorothy was born March 28, 1943, in Fort Defiance, into the Kiyaa’áanii (Towering House Clan), born for Naakai dine’é (Mexican Clan). She passed away Sept. 4, 2022, in Gallup.
Dorothy graduated from Gallup High School and was employed at Gallup Saddle Shop, where she was well-known for making custom-made chaps.
Dorothy is survived by her daughter, Veronica Long; sisters, Marie Howe and Irene Little; and one grandchild.
Dorothy is preceded in death by her parents, Glenhasbah and Hosteen Bahe; sisters, Zonnie Bahe, Neddie John, Elizabeth Bahe, and Mary Teller; brothers, Vinnie Bahe, Wilford Bia, Willie Bahe, and Naswood Bahe; and grandson, Tyler Jacob Johnson.
Pallbearers were Andy Lee, Ferrell Becenti, Myron Spencer, and Michael Howe.
Honorary pallbearers were Ashley Johnson and Don Yazzie.
A reception took place at Grace Navajo Baptist Church on Mentmore Road, following services.
Cope Memorial was in charge of arrangements.
Sandra A. James
GANADO, Ariz. — Graveside service for Sandra Ann James, 59, of Ganado, Arizona, will be held Friday, Sept. 16, at 10 a.m., at the Ganado community cemetery.
Sandra was born March 30, 1963, in Ganado, into the Tódích’íi’nii (Bitter Water Clan), born for Tábąąhá (Water’s Edge Clan). She passed away Aug. 27, 2022, in Phoenix.
Sandra is survived by her husband, Gilberto Rascon; sons, Gilberto Rascon Jr., Shane Johnson and Dwayne Chambers; daughters, Ezmerelda Rascon, Ashley Morrison and Tamele James; brothers, Micheal James, Patrick James and Christopher James; and sister, Rosita Emerson.
Summit Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Jana Rae Notah-Baney
TEMPE, Ariz. — Memorial service for Jana Rae Notah-Baney, 38, will be held Sunday, Sept. 18, at 2:30 p.m., at Ascend Church Tempe (1615 E. Guadalupe Road) in Tempe, Arizona, with Rev. David Beach officiating.
Jana died Sept. 8, 2022, in Mesa, Arizona. She was born Aug. 2, 1984, in Farmington, New Mexico, into the Táchii’nii (Red Running Into the Water People Clan), born for the Tódích’íi’nii (Bitter Water Clan).
Jana attended elementary and junior high schools in Farmington and St. Michaels, Arizona, graduating from Window Rock High School in May 2003 and from Arizona State University in December 2015.
During Jana’s professional career, she was employed with Catalyst Community Corporation, State Farm Insurance and San Tan Valley Schools. Her hobbies included supporting ASU Sun Devils, New Orleans Saints, her children’s sports teams, attending concerts, hanging out with family and friends, and travelling.
Jana is survived by her sons, Andre Parkhurst and Jakob Baney of San Tan Valley, Arizona; daughter, Marley Baney of San Tan Valley; spouse, Kevin Baney of San Tan Valley; mother, Mary Etta Notah of Gilbert, Arizona; father, Ferdinand Notah of St. Michaels; sisters, Jacqueline Notah-Ben of Apache Junction, Arizona, Talitha Notah of Phoenix, Lauren Middleton of Gilbert, Sheila Notah of Chandler, Arizona, Taylor Notah of Laveen, Arizona, and Marina Notah of Phoenix; brother, Jesse Notah of Springfield, Missouri; and maternal grandmother, Irene Scott of Rabbitbrush, New Mexico.
Jana is preceded in death by her grandparents, Eddie Scott of Rabbitbrush, and Alice and Thomas Notah of St. Michaels.
The family will receive relatives and friends following the memorial service at the Ascend Church Tempe.
Wyman Cremation-Burial Chapel of Tempe is in charge of arrangements.
Laura J. Harvey
LUKACHUKAI, Ariz. — Graveside service for Laura Jean Harvey, 70, of Lukachukai, Arizona, will be held Friday, Sept. 16, at the Lukachukai community cemetery.
Laura was born July 10, 1952, in Lukachukai, into the Ta’neeszahnii (Tangle Clan), born for Naakai dine’é (Mexican Clan). Her nalí is Kinłichíi’nii (Red House People); cheii is Táchii’nii (Red Running Into the Water People). She passed away Sept. 9, 2022, in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Laura is survived by her sister, Delta Harvey, and three grandchildren.
Laura is preceded in death by her parents, Rev. Fred Harvey and Mary Ann Harvey; child, Cimmeron Henderson; and siblings, Elvis Harvey, Calvin Harvey, Timothy Harvey, Ronald Harvey, Bernadette Harvey, and Shirley Harvey.
Honorary pallbearers will be Delta Harvey, Dartania Riggs, Matthew Henderson, and Clinton Henderson.
Desert View Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Vincent Smith Sr.
GALLUP — Funeral services for Vincent Smith Sr., 73, of Mexican Springs, New Mexico, will be held Friday, Sept. 16, at 10 a.m., at Rollie Mortuary in Gallup, with Pastor Lula Nelson officiating. Burial will follow at the Gallup State Veterans Cemetery.
Vincent was born Oct. 16, 1949, in Mexican Springs, into the Tsi’naajinii (Black Streak Wood People Clan), born for Kiyaa’áanii (Towering House Clan). He passed away Sept. 7, 2022, in Grants, New Mexico.
Vincent enjoyed doing Sudoku puzzles and watching the Dallas Cowboys play, old Western movies and the National Finals Rodeo.
Vincent is survived by his sons, Vincent Smith Jr. and Shawn Smith; daughters, Vichelle Smith, Velynda Smith, Vetesha Smith, and Shirleen Smith Lizer; sisters, Annie Mike and Isabel Smith; and four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Vincent is preceded in death by his sons, Virgil Smith and Vincent Smith II; parents, Tulley Upshaw and Joe Smith; brother, Wilson Smith; and sisters, Hanna Smith and Eva Damon.
Pallbearers will be Vernon Nez, Jason Ellison, Herman Chee Jr., Larry Smith Jr., Norman Smith Sr., and Nelson Smith Jr.
Honorary pallbearers will be Vincent Smith Jr., Wade Smith, Shawn Smith, Duane Smith, Christopher Toledo, Sam Yazzie Jr., and Gerald Tsosie.
A reception will take place at the Gallup Community Center, following services.
Rollie Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
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