Obituaries

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Aug. 28, 2014


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Francis Williams

(Nov. 25, 1916- Aug. 26, 2013)

Shimasani, we will forever hold in our hearts, in which we have truly learned the most from. Your strength as a wonderful mother to our mothers and fathers, and which we hope to gain in raising your great grandsons and great granddaughters. Shimasani, we will always respect all you went through in your hardships and distinguished ways, your ability to hold yourself with such dignity and pride in all your days, your beauty shines in us all who were lucky to be part of your devoted family, We will carry you in our eyes, minds, and hearts in which we have a remedy, Shimani, that is to hold you close by all you have taught us to do "T'aa hwo'iijit'eego," and to remember the beautiful women we owe our lives to, for giving us life to blessing us with her strong inner spirit of courage. Her unconditional love and her sensual laughter, For being such a person in who will always and have always held deep in our hearts now and here after.

Shimasani, you are taking a little part of us with you as you follow your angels who will guide you to your precious place.

May you look down on us with pride on what you brought into this world with your guidance in which you are now truly our angel of grace. Shimasani, as you enter your new heavenly home, may you rest in peace for which you truly deserve, For you will be truly missed and remembered for your love and honor in which we will preserve.

Ayoodeiiniini doo nidaahwiilniizaah. Diyiin niil hwiiniloo dooleel shimasni.

Rose Mae Young

KAYENTA -- Graveside services for Rose Mae Young, 57, of Chilchinbeto-Black Mesa, Ariz., were held Aug. 21 in Chilchinbeto.

Rose was born May 18, 1957, in Ganado, Ariz., into the T—'‡hani (Near the Water Clan), born for T‡chii'nii (Red Running Into the Water People Clan). She died Aug. 17, 2014, in Crownpoint, where she resided with her common law husband Leslie Gamble while attending Navajo Technical University.

Rose pursued an associate degree in early childhood and a bachelor's degree in Diné studies. As a cultural resource, she helped many relatives, families, friends and patients across the reservation. Furthermore, she crafted utilitarian arts, worked with medicinal herbs and medicine paraphernalia, and promoted the significance and value of Diné language and cultural practices. She had many acquaintances, co-workers, and colleagues within the Navajo Nation in the health field and transportation systems.

Rose is survived by her daughter, Nette Phranc Young; parents, Frank Sr. and Nettie Yellowhair Young; stepsiblings, Lita Young, Lucy Sells, Stanley G. Young, Elsie Young, Herman Young, and Loretta Noland; stepbrothers, Jonathan D. Tso of Black Mesa, and David Young of Rough Rock, Ariz.; and siblings, Lena Young, Marita Young, Hilda Littleben, Frank Young II, Nora Lii'bilNaghahi, C. Ernie Young, Steven Young, Jerome Young, Lucinda Young, and Chavez Young.

Rose is preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Deshcheeny and Mary Sells Yellowhair; and paternal grandparents, Brigham and Mary Charley Young.

Pallbearers were Jonathan D. Tso, Jonathan Yellowhair, Stanley Young, Sylvadrick Young, Steven Young, and Benjamin Charlie.

A commemoration to her life followed at the Chilchinbeto community gym.

Rollie Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


Sherlinda D. Moore

GALLUP -- Funeral services for Sherlinda D. Moore, 36, will be held Friday, Aug. 29, at 11 a.m. at the Rollie Mortuary Palm Chapel in Gallup. Burial will follow at the Sunset Memorial Cemetery.

Sherlinda was born March 30, 1978, in Gallup, into the Tsi'naajinii (Black Streak Wood People Clan), born for Ma'ii deeshgiizhinii (Coyote Pass Clan). Her nali is Deeshchii'nii (Start of the Red Streak People Clan); chei is T‡chii'nii (Red Running Into the Water People Clan). She died Aug. 23, 2014, in Albuquerque.

Sherlinda attended school in Wingate and Gallup. She worked at Gallup Indian Medical Center in the medical records department for several years. She was a homemaker and loved spending time with her children.

Sherlinda is survived by her husband, Sean Moore of Tijeras, N.M.; sons, Lance, Layne and Lyle Tom of Gallup; daughter, Lacey Tom of Gallup; brothers, Riley Yazzie of Gallup, Gary Daye Jr. and Sheldon Daye of Breadsprings, N.M., and Adrian Yazzie of Coyote Canyon, N.M.; mother, Louise Livingston of Breadsprings; and sisters, Shirleen Long of Standing Rock, N.M., Sonja Charlie of Farmington, Sherana Yazzie of Gallup, and Sue Ellen Daye of Oklahoma.

Pallbearers will be Sean Moore, Colin Moore, Nyles Moore, Ben Nelson, Sheldon Daye, and Michael Yazzie.

Rollie Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Nellie Morgan Billie

REHOBOTH, N.M. -- Funeral services for Nellie Morgan Billie, 78, were held Aug. 23 at the Rehoboth Christian Church. Interment followed at the Rehoboth cemetery.

Nellie was born Sept. 19, 1935, into the Tsin sikaadnii (Clamp Tree Clan), born for Kinyaa'‡anii (Towering House Clan). She died Aug. 20, 2014.

Nellie enjoyed weaving, sewing, crossword finds, beading and cooking.

Nellie is survived by Watson Billie Sr., Eleanore Schultz, Elrena Voigt, Emery Billie, Elaine Billie, and Eldon G. Billie.

Nellie is preceded in death by her husband, Glenn F. Billie; mother, Hadesbah Morgan; father, Tom Morgan; sisters, Irene Yazzie and Lorraine Smith; and brother, Harrison Morgan.

Pallbearers were Dominic Thomas, Theron Henderson, Watson Billie Jr., Ian E. Billie, Keith Voigt, and Elisha Jim.

Rollie Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Mary V. Thomas

PHOENIX -- On Aug. 22, Arizona Speaker of the House Andy Tobin sent his deep sympathies to the entire Gila Community and extended family of Mary V. Thomas, the first woman in the history of the Gila River Indian Community to be appointed governor of the nation, according to a news release from Tobin's office.

In 1994, Thomas was appointed governor of the nation. She served two terms from 1994-1999. Thomas was also the first woman lieutenant governor (two terms) and served as a council representative (District 3) for one term.

During her time as a political figure in Gila River, Thomas played key roles in establishing tribal police and fire departments, establishing the first Gila River Casino, building a new hospital, organizing one of the top resorts in Arizona, providing funding for scholarships and community computer labs, acquiring part ownership of the Williams Field Air Force Base and voted for a community run telecommunications service.

"Her impact on the people of the Gila Indian Nation and Arizona will be felt for many generations to come," said Tobin.