Obituaries for Sept. 22, 2016
Frank G. Yellowman
CEDAR RIDGE, Ariz. — Funeral services for Frank G. Yellowman, 81, will be held today, Sept. 22, at 10 a.m. (DST) at the St. Jude Catholic Church. Burial will follow at a private family plot in Cedar Ridge, Ariz.
Frank was born into the Tl’izi lani (Many Goats Clan), born into Honágháahnii (One-Walks-Around Clan). He passed away Sept. 17, 2016, in Flagstaff. He was the only son born to Ruby Bigman and Scott Yellowman. He was raised as a sheepherder and herded sheep in Cedar Ridge along the Eastern Rim of the Grand Canyon.
Frank met the love of his life, Louise Yellowman, from Lupton, while attending Intermountain Boarding School and they were married in 1960.
Despite being a relocatee from the Bennett Freeze and forced to move to Tuba City, he seized the opportunity to meet the needs of many people of similar circumstances that were forced to relocate. He built a trailer park to house them and created employment, demonstrating examples of self-determination which was his philosophy and way of life.
Frank is now returning home to rest in peace forever where his elders made life. He is now with his mother Ruby and father Scott.
Frank is survived by his spouse, Louise Yellowman; children, Raymond “Don” Yellowman, Marilyn Yellowman-Baloo, Deborah Yellowman, Michelle Tso and Pearl Yellowman; and eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
A reception will take place at the Bodaway-Gap Chapter House following services at 2 p.m.
If you would like to make a donation to the family, please contact Marilyn Yellowman-Baloo at 505-228-1860.
Maggie Tracey Begay
FORT DEFIANCE — Funeral services for Maggie Tracey Begay, 86, of Fort Defiance, will be held today, Sept. 22, at 10 a.m. at the Family Church Assembly of God Church in Fort Defiance, with Pastor James Bennett officiating. Burial will follow in Fort Defiance.
Maggie was born Oct. 16, 1930, in Nazlini, Ariz., into the Tsenabahilnii (Sleep Rock People Clan), born for Deeshchii’nii (Start of the Red Streak People Clan). She died Sept. 16, 2016, in Winslow.
Maggie attended St. Michaels Catholic School in St. Michaels, and worked at various establishments. She last worked as a foster grandparent at the Tse Ho Tso Learning Center. She enjoyed sewing, singing, reading her bible, being a foster grandparent, and enjoying time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Maggie is survived by her sister, Mildred Hubbard of Nazlini.
Maggie is preceded in death by her sons, Vernon Capitan and Wayne Plummer; parents, Sam Tracey and Yiihkazbah Natonabah Tracey; brothers, Ben Tracey, Felix Tracey, Leo Tracey, Willie Tracey Sr., and John Tracey; and sister, Annie Shirley.
Pallbearers will be Roger Hubbard, Sam Hubbard, Frederick Wilson, Matthew Wilson, Jonathan Price, and Lyle Redhair.
A reception will take place at the Family Life Center in Fort Defiance, following services.
Silver Creek Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
BLANCO, N.M. — Funeral services for Gladys Stewart, 83, of Nageezi, New Mexico, will be held today, Sept. 22, at 11 a.m. at the Navajo Brethren in Christ Mission Church in Blanco, with Duane Bristow officiating. Burial will follow in Blanco.
Gladys was born into the Naakai dine’é (Mexican Clan), born for Tsi’naajinii (Black Streak Wood People Clan). She died Sept. 17, 2016, in Albuquerque.
Gladys was employed as a licensed nurse practitioner and certified nursing assistant, retiring from Fort Defiance Indian Health Service. She enjoyed bingo, crocheting, and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Gladys is survived by her sons, Edmund Stewart and Albert Stewart Jr.; daughter, Beverly Stewart; sister, Elizabeth Chavez; and five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Gladys is preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Lucille Wero; husband, Albert Stewart; and sons, Edwin Stewart and Franklin Stewart.
Pallbearers will be Seth Gloshay, Reese Stewart, Patrick Higgins, David Engles, Santana Chavez, and Trestan Chavez.
Honorary pallbearers will be Edmund Stewart, Albert Stewart Jr., Kevin Charlie, Richard Charlie, Setan Chavez, Troy Chavez, Eddie Victor Jr., and Vincent Chavez.
Daniels Family Funeral Services-Alameda Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Antoinette M. Largo
GALLUP — Funeral services for Antoinette M. Largo, 53, will be held Friday, Sept. 23, at the Light House Church at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at the Sunset Memorial Park.
Antoinette was born Sept. 11, 1963, in Gallup, into the Dziltl’ ahnii (Mountain Cove Clan), born for Tódich’ii’nii (Bitter Water Clan). Her nali is Tó baazhni’ázhi (Two Who Came to Water); cheii is Zuni People. She died Sept. 16, 2016, in Gallup.
Antoinette graduated from Cottonwood High School in Salt Lake City, Utah, she attended one year of nursing school at University of New Mexico-Gallup Branch and Albuquerque Job Corps. She enjoyed spending time with her children and family.
Antoinette is survived by her daughters, DeAnn Bennett, Jodie Garcia and Raenae Garcia; sons, Ramon Garcia, Timo Garcia, Ruben Garcia, and Rudy Garcia; brothers, Daniel Largo Sr., Francis Largo, Gary Largo Sr., Howard Largo, Jason Largo, and Johnnie Largo Sr.; and sister, Alice Mattie Largo.
Antoinette is preceded in death by her father, Johnnie Largo Sr.; mother, Annie C. Largo; and brother, Jonavan Largo.
Pallbearers will be Preston Chee, Ronald Bitsilly, Ramon Garcia, Rudy Garcia, Timo Garcia, and Ruben Garcia.
Rollie Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Felicia Rose Smith
GALLUP — Funeral services for Felicia Rose Smith, 28, were held Sept. 19 at the Free Trinity Navajo Mission. Interment followed at the family plot.
Felicia was born March 22, 1988, into the Tábaahá (Water’s Edge Clan), born for Tsi’naajinii (Black Streak Wood People Clan). She died Sept. 12, 2016.
Felicia attended Wingate High School and worked at Blue Spruce as a front desk clerk. She also worked at Avalons in Gallup as a busser and dishwasher.
She enjoyed playing volleyball and baseball and watching football, especially when the Steelers played. She also enjoyed being with family and friends, especially her daughters. They were the loves of her life. She loved to cook, clean, joke around, and make people laugh.
Felicia is survived by her father, Timothy Smith; mother, Madeline Smith; and daughters, Damika A. McCorkey and Skyrah A. McCorkey.
Pallbearers were Jerrod Hoskie, Lerando Shorty, Victor Yazzie, Stetson Long, Kristian Pinto-Riley, and Weston Tom.
Rollie Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.
Yvonne Lola Denetdale
FARMINGTON — Funeral services for Yvonne Lola Denetdale, 59, were held Sept. 20 in Farmington. Interment followed in Smith Lake, New Mexico.
Yvonne was born May 14, 1957, in Los Angeles, California, into the Tódich’ii’nii (Bitter Water Clan), born for Táchii’nii (Red Running Into the Water People Clan). She died Sept. 14, 2016, in Farmington.
Yvonne is preceded in death by her father, Myron Denetdale; and mother, Virginia H. Denetdale.
Pallbearers were family members.
Rollie Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.