Obituaries for Sept. 23, 2021
DENVER — Funeral services for Duane Quintana, 58, of Fort Defiance, are pending.
Service will be held at the Romero Family Funeral Home in Denver (date to be determined). Burial will follow at the Rabbit Brush cemetery.
Duane was born March 18, 1963, in Denver, into the Yé’ii Dine’é Táchii’nii, born for Naakai Dine’é (Mexican Clan). He passed away Sept. 11, 2021.
Duane attended Whiteriver Junior High School and Window Rock High School. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Reserves and worked as a chef and supervisor of a fencing company.
Duane enjoyed basketball, baseball, fishing, camping, hunting, and was a Denver Broncos and Colorado Rockies fan.
Duane is survived by his wife, Cynthia Marie Quintana; son, Fanio James Quintana; stepsons, Javier Refuerzo and Andres Refuerzo; daughters, Alicie Mae Quintana and Cassidy Chavira; brother, Robert Quintana; sisters, Margaret Quintana, Carol Ann Quintana, Donna Quintana, Kathleen Quintana, Sandra Quintana, and Cheryl Quintana Clyde; grandmother, Pauline Watson Endfield; and grandfathers, Lawrence Watson, Eugene Watson and Tom Watson Jr.
Duane is also survived by his siblings, Akeem Watson, Kaleena Watson, Kameko Watson, Loreal Watson, Kyle Watson, Kycel Watson, Ryan Watson, Patrick Watson, Ryan Endfield, Margaret Endfield, Leann Endfield, and Paula Endfield.
Duane is preceded in death by his parents, Hazel Mae Watson Quintana and James Edward Quintana Sr.; brother, James Edward Quintana Jr.; grandparents, Margaret Bia Watson and Tom Watson Sr.; and Robert Watson, Christine Watson, Jonathan Arthur, Earnie Vigil, and Carrie Vigil.
Romero Family Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Henry L. Dedman
FORT DEFIANCE — Graveside service for Henry Lee Dedman, 81, of Fort Defiance, was held Sept. 17 at the Fort Defiance community cemetery with Father Ed officiating.
Henry was born Aug. 18, 1940, in Nazlini, Arizona, into the Deeshchii’nii (Start of the Red Streak People Clan), born for Táchii’nii (Red Running Into the Water People Clan). He passed away Sept. 9, 2021, in Albuquerque.
Henry attended Chinle Boarding School, Intermountain Indian School and Phoenix Indian School. He was employed at NFPI for 6.5 years, Nazlini Chapter House as a maintenance man, Pittsburgh and Midway McKinley Mine as a welder helper, and truck driver for Rimpull where he worked for 21.5 years, retiring in July 1996.
Henry loved his children and grandchildren very much. He spent time with his wife at home, traveling, having coffee and apple pie at McDonald’s, and going to the sheep camp in the mountains.
Henry enjoyed making and weaving tools, camping, deer hunting, fishing, planting, hiking, riding his horse “Sugar,” herding sheep at the summer camp, hauling wood, driving his ATV, going to casinos, and having family cookouts.
Henry is survived by his wife, Rose Gorman Dedman; son, Dwayne Lee Dedman; stepson, Andy Morris; daughter, Sheila Largo; sisters, Annie Dokey of Wood Springs, Arizona, and Rena Brown of Nazlini; and 18 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Henry is preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Zonnie Lee Dedman; brothers, Carl Dedman Sr., Tony Dedman, Tom Dedman, Phillip Dedman, and Thomas Dedman; sisters, Elizabeth Wilson, Vennie Tracey, Jane Stutter, Fannie Charley, and Alice Dedman; and grandparents, Ałson Descheenie and Kinyanna So’.
Pallbearers were Dwayne Dedman, Jonathan Dedman, Andy Morris, Alan Morris, Chris Solegito, and Sean Al Begaye.
Honorary pallbearers were Herbert Wilson, Harry Wilson and Chad Begaye.
Rollie Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.
DEL MUERTO, Ariz. — Graveside service for Arlene Hardy, 67, of Del Muerto, Arizona, will be held Friday, Sept. 24, at 1 p.m., in Del Muerto, with Jerry Domingo officiating.
Arlene was born Jan. 23, 1954, in Chinle, into the Honágháahnii (One-walks-around Clan), born for Tó’aheedlíinii (Water Flow Together Clan). Her nálí is Mą’ii Deeshgiizhinii (Coyote Pass); Cheii is Tódík’ózhí (Salt Water). She passed away Sept. 14, 2021, in Shiprock.
Arlene attended Chinle High School and worked as a caretaker along with working at a daycare. In her earlier years she was a bus driver and preschool teacher.
Arlene enjoyed and valued going to church, leading her local church as a song leader, sewing, cooking, baking, and helping her husband as they both said, “She was his eyes and he was her ears.”
Arlene is survived by her husband, Roger Hardy; sons, Sequoyah Draper, Anthony Draper, Rafield Hardy, Ronald Hardy, Randy Hardy, and Ryan Hardy; brothers, Stanley Draper, Leonard Draper and Leroy Draper; sisters, Della Halwood, Fannie Wilson, Bertha Draper, Edith Draper, Mary Draper II, Joann Draper, and Rosita Draper; and 25 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Arlene is preceded in death by her parents, Mary and Morris Draper; and eight grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Quentonno Hardy, Lane Hardy, Daryan Hardy, Etsitty Draper, Cal-Leno Hardy, Sequoyah Draper Jr., Jonah Draper, Sage Draper, and Jonas Draper.
Honorary pallbearers will be Roger Hardy, Sequoyah Draper, Anthony Draper, Rafield Hardy, Ronald Hardy, Randy Hardy, and Ryan Hardy.
A reception will take place at Arlene and Roger Hardy’s residence in Del Muerto, following service.
Cope Memorial is in charge of arrangements.
Shawna T. Ashley
HOUCK, Ariz. — Graveside service for Shawna Tiayrra Ashley, 34, of Burntwater, Arizona, will be held today, Sept. 23, at 9 a.m., at the Houck community cemetery in Houck, Arizona, with Elouise Castillo officiating.
Shawna was born Dec. 18, 1986, into the Tsénjíkiní (Honey Combed Rock People Clan), born for Tsi’naajinii (Black Streak Wood People Clan). She passed away Sept. 15, 2021, in Phoenix.
Shawna attended Valley High School in Sanders, Arizona.
Shawna is survived by her daughters, Chanel Maya Nelson and Amara Elizabeth Robles; father, Roy Ashley; sister, Henrietta Footracer; and brothers, Eric Ashley and Junior Ashley.
Shawna is preceded in death by her mother, Elizabeth Ann Tsinajinnie; brother, Michael James Martin; maternal grandparents, Dick and Irene Tsinajinnie; and paternal grandparents, Junior and Maggie Ashley.
Pallbearers will be Harrison Ashley, Jimmy Ashley, Preston Ashley, Jonah Castillo, Anderson Begay, and Lester Arthur.
Honorary pallbearers will be Roy Ashley, Eric Ashley, Junior Ashley, and Arnold Mitchell.
A curbside reception will take place at the Good News Mission in Houck, following service.
Cope Memorial Mortuary of Gallup is in charge of arrangements.
Leland E. Archie
FORT DEFIANCE — Graveside service for Leland E. Archie, 33, will be held today, Sept. 23, at noon, at the Fort Defiance community cemetery with Pastor James Flores officiating.
Archie was born March 14, 1988, in Fort Defiance, into the Tódík’ózhí (Salt Water Clan), born for Honágháahnii (One-walks-around Clan). He died Sept. 8, 2021, in Hunters Point, Arizona.
Archie attended Fort Defiance Elementary, Tséhootsooí Middle School and graduated from Window Rock High School. He attended Navajo Technical College and Gallup CDL Trucking School.
Archie was employed with BIA Forestry as a wildland firefighter and also worked for the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority.
Archie enjoyed hauling wood, working on cars, skateboarding, hiking, drawing, playing video games, and loved being around his children, family and friends.
Archie is survived by his sons, Zachariah Ivan Archie of Window Rock, and James Tazwell Archie and David Logan Archie, both of Arlington, Texas; daughter, Chloe Reddye of Window Rock; father, Gerald Notah of Tucson; brothers, Marklen Keeto of Fayetteville, North Carolina, and Christopher Beltaia of Tucson; and sisters, Ashleigh Keeto ofAlbuquerque, and Victoria Notah and Sophia Notah, both of Tucson.
Archie is preceded in death by his mother, Melissa Archie; sister, Alanna Archie; and grandparents, William and LaVerne Archie, and David and Teresa Notah.
Pallbearers will be Gerald Notah, Christopher Beltraia, Marklen Keeto, Steven Sanderson, Ronald Slinkey, and Floyd Parkhurst.
The family will receive relatives and friends after the service for a drive-thru reception at the St. Michaels baseball field (east of the Catholic Church) in St. Michaels, Arizona.
NAZLINI, Ariz. — Graveside service for Tommy Hubbard, 80, will be held Friday, Sept. 24, at 10 a.m., at the Nazlini community cemetery in Nazlini, Arizona.
Tommy was born into the Táchii’nii (Red Running Into the Water People Clan), born forTábąąhá (Water’s Edge Clan). He passed away Sept. 15, 2021, in Phoenix.
Tommy was a veteran. He served in the U.S. Air Force and was honorably discharged.
Tommy graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in education. He was a teacher at Nazlini, during the years that it was a boarding school and when it transitioned to a community school. He was previously employed as a dorm supervisor, volunteer community fireman, coach (football, baseball, basketball, cross country), counselor, vice principal for a short time, fundraiser coordinator, and was a student activities liaison.
Tommy’s hobbies included playing the guitar, gardening, hiking, running, swimming, traveling, fishing, reading the newspaper, watching sports on TV, going to bingo with his wife, being proactive in the community, and he loved to be with his children, family, and friends.
Tommy is survived by his wife, Agnes Hubbard; sons, Garrett Hubbard and Eric Hubbard, both of Nazlini; daughters, Thomasine Brace of San Antonio, Texas, and Tyrene Hubbard and Cassandra Hubbard, both of Nazlini; sisters, Louise Dedman of Nazlini, and Elouise Lee of Wide Ruins, Arizona; and nine grandchildren.
Tommy is preceded in death by his mother, Yenasbah Shirley Hubbard; father, George Hubbard; sisters, Julia Nonah Julian and Darlene Van Winkle; and brothers, Lewis Hubbard and Earl Hubbard.
Pallbearers will be Ernest Van Winkle, Garrett Hubbard, Eric Hubbard, Tyler Brace, Skye Smith, and Albert Mike III.
Donations are welcome. Contact Thomasine Brace for more information.
The Hubbard family will not host a reception following the service.
The family said, “We are still in a pandemic. CDC and Navajo Nation guidelines will be practiced to protect family and friends. We extend our condolences and prayers to everyone who has lost a loved one. Please continue to be safe and take care of one another. Thank you.”
Rhonda K. Anderson
FORT DEFIANCE — Graveside service for Rhonda Kay Anderson, 56, of Phoenix, will be held Monday, Sept. 27, at 10 a.m., at the Damon Family Cemetery in Fort Defiance, with Rev. Leon Sampson officiating.
Rhonda was born Dec. 17, 1965, in Gallup, into the Naakaii Dine’é (Mexican Clan), born for Tótsohnii (Big Water Clan). She passed away Sept. 14, 2021, in Phoenix.
Rhonda graduated in 1978 from Central High School in Phoenix, and was employed with the State of Arizona. She enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Rhonda is survived by her son, Matthew Rogers of Phoenix; and daughter, Christina Rogers of Phoenix.
Rhonda is preceded in death by her son, Michael Zuni; brother, Gary Anderson; mother, Marie Anderson; and father, Melvin Anderson.
Silver Creek Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Bruno J. Alfred
GALLUP — Funeral services for Bruno John Alfred, of Standing Rock, New Mexico, were held Sept. 21 at Rollie Mortuary in Gallup. Interment followed at the Gallup City Cemetery.
Bruno was born April 27, 1983, in Crownpoint, into the Bit’ahnii (Under His Cover Clan), born for Táchii’nii (Red Running Into the Water People Clan). He passed away Sept. 15, 2021, in Crownpoint.
Bruno attended Lake Valley Navajo School, Crownpoint High School and the University of New Mexico-Gallup. He enjoyed going to casinos, traveling, movie nights, cooking, listening to his favorite dance music, and spending time with his family.
Bruno is survived by his mother, Annie B. Alfred of Standing Rock; brother, Joelsen Yazzie of Coyote Canyon, New Mexico; and sisters, Joely Yazzie, Jolanda Armstrong and Sabrina Alfred, all of Standing Rock.
Bruno is preceded in death by his father, John N. Alfred; brother, Joeldon Yazzie; niece, Jasmine Yazzie; and grandparents, Nellie and Willie Becenti.
Pallbearers were Myron Peters, Maurice Peters, Marvin Peters, Micheal Peters, Leroy Joe, and Billy Phillips.
Honorary pallbearers were Joelsen Yazzie, Kee Yellowhair, Robert Delgarito, and Johnson Albert.
Rollie Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.
Carlton R. Nez
WIDE RUINS, Ariz. — Graveside service for Carlton Ryan Nez, 30, of Wide Ruins, Arizona, will be held Friday, Sept. 24, at 10 a.m., at the family plot in Wide Ruins, with Brother Charles officiating.
Carlton was born Sept. 5, 1991, in Fort Defiance, into the Chiricahua Apache, born for Tsenabahiłnii (Sleep Rock People Clan). He passed away Sept. 15, 2021, in Mesa, Arizona.
Carlton graduated from Valley High School and was employed as a welder’s helper with Sthel Corporation. He enjoyed playing video games, football, and watching wrestling.
Carlton is survived by his daughters, Demi Nez and Carlee Nez; mother, Charlene Lee; brothers, Jerome Lee and Jason Nez; and sister, Cristina Nez.
Carlton is preceded in death by his father, Randall Nez; maternal grandparents, Charlotte and Donald Lee; and paternal grandparents, Eleanor and George Nez.
Pallbearers will be Jerome Lee, Craig Lee, Kurt Lee, Anthony Lee, Kristopher Lee, and Gene Mitchell.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jason Nez, Brandon Terry and Melvin Lee.
A reception will take place at Charlene Lee’s residence, following service.
Silver Creek Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
GALLUP — Funeral services for Lucas Lee, 27, of Gallup, will be held Friday, Sept. 24, at 1:30 p.m., at Rollie Mortuary in Gallup, with Alvin and Agnes Cayatineto officiating. Burial will follow in Gallup.
Lucas was born Jan. 30, 1994, in Gallup, into the Tódík’ózhí (Salt Water Clan), born for Dziłtł’ahnii (Mountain Cove Clan). He passed away Sept. 12, 2021, in Albuquerque.
Lucas worked at Wendy’s, Subway and Allsups. He enjoyed listening to music and was a Dallas Cowboys fan.
Lucas is survived by his parents, Laverna Johnson and Ronald Lee Sr.; brothers, Ryan Lee, Ronald Lee Jr. and Lionel Lee; sister, Rachel Lee; and grandparents, Betty and Harrison Begay.
Lucas is preceded in death by five uncles and his grandparents, Jennie and Kee Johnson.
Pallbearers will be Ryan Lee, Roy Johnson, Johnathan James, Art Smith, Lionel Lee, and Harold Wood.
Honorary pallbearers will be Ronald Lee Jr., Vincent Begay Jr. and Ernest Johnson.
A reception will take place at the Johnson residence, following services.
Rollie Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
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