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Obituaries for Jan. 8, 2015

Dr. Lloyd L. House

FLAGSTAFF — Funeral services for Dr. Lloyd L. House will be held Saturday, Jan. 10, at 1 p.m. at the American Legion Hall in Flagstaff.

Lloyd was born Oct. 24, 1931, in Winslow, Ariz. He died Jan. 2, 2015 in Surprise, Ariz.

Lloyd was an educator, advocate and humanitarian. He was the first Native American to be elected into the Arizona State Legislature in 1966. He served two years as a representative advocating on behalf of the Navajo Nation and all American Indians.

Lloyd served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1950 until 1954. He was also in the U.S. Air Force Reserves during the Vietnam Conflict and a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and worked for the American Red Cross.

Lloyd worked as the director of the Phoenix Indian Center, Navajo Nation Office of Veteran’s Affairs, and Little Singer Day School. He organized the first reservation offices of Social Security for the Navajo and Hopi tribes. He is recognized by Who’s Who in American Politics; the Encyclopedia of American Indians; Indians of Today; and the Smithsonian Institution as a consultant on American Indian Affairs. He was fluent in three languages (Navajo, Spanish and English) and could converse in other American Indian languages.

Lloyd is survived by his wife of 62 years, Victoria M. House of Surprise; daughters, Josephine Obermayr of Santa Rosa, Calif., Electa Goldtooth of Winslow, and Margaret Lynch of Window Rock; son, Lloyd L. House II of Orange, Calif.; brothers, John House and Oscar House; and five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Lloyd is preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Elizabeth House; brother, Gordon House; and grandson, Dennis Joseph Fredenberg.
For additional information, please contact 505-870-3778.

Teddy Kee Black

WHITE POST, Ariz. — Funeral services for Teddy Kee Black, 49, of Shonto, Ariz., were held Jan. 3 at the White Post Covenant Church in White Post, Ariz., with Pastor LeRoy Thinn officiating. Burial followed at the Black family interment.

Teddy was born April 16, 1965, at the Monument Valley Hospital in Gouldings, Utah, into the Tódich’ii’nii (Bitter Water Clan) born for Tl’izi lani (Many Goats Clan). He passed away Dec. 26, 2014, in Flagstaff.

Teddy attended Kayenta Elementary School, Monument Valley High School in Kayenta, and graduated from White Post Christian Academy on June 13, 1987. He attended San Diego Job Corps and received his certification in heating/refrigeration in 1988. He attended ITT Technical Institute in Tempe, Ariz., in 1996 and received his electrician certification.

Teddy worked various jobs with the Navajo Nation at Shonto Chapter. He worked at the Black Mesa Auto Shop, as well as different jobs in Tempe while attending ITT.

Teddy was an artist. He loved to draw pictures of horses, wildlife and the outdoors. He sold his drawings for income and one of his customers is a Northern Arizona University professor. He also had a passion for hunting, fishing, and enjoyed auto repair. He was a loving caring person and was quick to offer help to people in need.

Teddy is survived by his ex-wife, Julia Smith; son, Alexander V. Black; daughters, Crystal Y. Acuff (Aaron) and Erica A. Black; brothers, Robert Kee Black Sr., Jimmie Kee Black and Donald Kee Black; sisters, Mary Rose Black, Mary Lou Manheimer, Christine Rose Black, and Ernestine B. Thinn; and granddaughter, Lylie Annalise Acuff.

Teddy is preceded in death by Bob and Martha Black, Juanita B. Fatt, Rena Rose Fuller, Rose James, Rico Rodriguez Smith, Eugene Holgate, and Ruth Black.

Pallbearers were Jim-Bob Black, Edward Fatt, Kurt Thinn, Tyler Smallcanyon, Andrew Salazar, and Corey Ray Smith.

Honorary pallbearers were Alexander V. Black, Robert Kee Black Sr., Jimmie Kee Black, Donald Kee Black, Felix R. Fuller, and Mike James Jr.

Norvel Owens Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Deacon Marcellino Morris Jr.

In loving memory, the family members of Deacon Marcellino Morris Jr., extend our sincere appreciation to all who assisted us with exceptional service. It has been three years since our brother’s life was taken by a drunk driver. Our tragic event occurred in the early morning hours of Dec. 30, 2011. His life impacted not only our family’s lives, but the Catholic faith communities of St. Anthony, St. Mary and St. Joseph, as well as his friends, co-workers and colleagues at the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority Headquarters and sub offices.

To the NTUA, your donations of time, food, condolences, and generosity were beyond expectation. Your loving generosity made the reception effortless for our family during our time of need. Your act of kindness was extraordinary.

To the parishes of St. Mary, St. Anthony, St. Joseph, and the Diocese of Gallup, your expressions of kindness, sympathy, compassion and condolences will be remembered. Truly, you all had great love and compassion in your hearts for our brother Deacon Marcellino Morris Jr.

For the family members of Deacon Marcellino, each day we rise with the morning sun as he greets us along with all our ancestors riding God’s sunrays. Each day, as we make our offering and say our prayers we think of the void his sudden death has left in our hearts and minds, and to him we speak: The void in our hearts is missing your love and compassion. The void in our minds is missing your spiritual strength and guidance. We long for your spiritual strength and guidance. We pray as you cloak us in God’s love and warmth, and can only wish we could see and touch the face of God.

Thank you for the time you spent with us on Mother Earth. Thank you for being a brother, uncle, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. We miss you, ‘Morris.’

Jack Begay

WINSLOW, Ariz. – Funeral services for Jack Begay, 66, will be held Saturday, Jan. 10, at 10 a.m. at the Living Waters Methodist Church (414 N. Winslow Ave.) in Winslow, Ariz.

Jack was born March 2, 1948, in Howell Mesa, Ariz. He passed away Jan. 3, 2015, in Phoenix.

Jack served in the U.S. Marines and has been a volunteer minister at Living Waters Methodist and First Indian Baptist Church in Winslow for the past 19 years.

Jack is survived by his wife, Stella Y. Begay; son, Jay LaMesa; daughters, Rhonda Begay, Ramona Ramos, Tanya Yazzie, and Roleena Faith Aguirre; mother, Tillie Begay; sisters, Helen, Debbie, Selena, and Louise; brothers, Henry, Harry, Hoskie, Jeremiah, John Chee, and Phillip Leander; and 18 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Jack is preceded in death his daughter, Rachel Haskie; father, Sayani Begay I; brothers, Leonard Begay and Notah Begay; and sisters, Bessie Keyonnie, Genevieve Greyeyes and Jeanette Danny.

Greer’s Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences can be sent to www.greersmortuary.com.

Sherman Tsosie

LUKACHUKAI, Ariz. — Graveside service for Sherman Tsosie, 37, of Lukachukai, Ariz., were held Jan. 4-7 in Lukachukai. A reception followed at Lukachukai Chapter House.

Sherman was born June 23, 1978, in Fort Defiance, into the Naasht’ézhi dine’é Tábaahá (Zuni Water’s Edge Clan), born for Yoo’ó dine’é (Bead People Clan). He died Dec. 30, 2014, in Crystal, N.M.

Sherman is survived by his daughters, Tashina Tsosie and Renee Tsosie; mother, Jessie Reed; brothers, Seymour Begay and Jason Tsosie; sisters, Jacqueline Alvarez and Yolanda A. Tsosie; and grandparents, Lee and Grace Tsosie.

Sherman is preceded in death by his father, Steven Begay Jr.; and sister, Karen Tsosie.

Pallbearers were Harold Davis Jr., Seymour Begay, Esteban Alvarez, Demetrius Biscoff, and Sean Smith.

Honorary pallbearer was Lee Tsosie.

Silver Creek Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Rudolph H. Henry

ST. MICHAELS, Ariz. — Funeral services for Rudolph H. Henry, 64, were held Jan. 3 at the St. Michaels Church.

Rudolph was born in Naschitti, N.M., into the Ta’neeszahnii (Tangle Clan), born for Tódich’ii’nii (Bitter Water Clan). His nali is çshiihi (Salt People); chei is Kiyaa’aanii (Towering House). He passed away in Blackhat, N.M.

Rudolph attended Intermountain Indian School in Brigham City, Utah, and worked in coal mining at P&M Mining & Carbon Coal for 23 years. He was a member of the UMWA Local 1332. He enjoyed sheepherding, drawing calligraphy, horseback riding, and working with his tractor.

Rudolph is survived by his wife, Verna A. Henry; son, Randolph T. Henry; and daughters, Verdie M. Henry and Rachelene Henry.

Rudolph is preceded in death by his parents, Hoskie and Helen Henry; and brother, Eugene Henry.

Pallbearers were Tyrone Henry, Rodney Henry, Eugene Henry Jr., Reginald Henry, Jason Notah, and Bryon Notah.

Rollie Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

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