Navajo-Hopi Nations,Flagstaff & Winslow News
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Obituaries 1/31/01

Asdzan Chee Lee

Funeral services for Asdzan Chee Lee, 89, were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, January 27 at the Greer's Scott Mortuary Chapel. Interment was in Desert View Cemetery.

Asdzan Chee Lee passed away on January 22, in Leupp. She was born on January 1, 1911 in Tolaini Lake.

Greer's Scott Mortuary of Winslow was in charge of the arrangements.

Jackie G. Osegueda Vargas

Jackie G. Osegueda Vargas, 74, died January 23 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Jackie was born March 4, 1926 in Winslow. She belonged to the Catholic Daughters of America and the American Legion.

Survivors include her two daughters, Catherine and husband, Ruben Gonzales of North Las Vegas, Nevada and Nonna Moncada Talavera of Winslow. One brother Raymond Gutierrez of Barstow, California; two sisters, Ruth Berasetegiue, Chandler, and Ester Mayorga, Flagstaff; grandchildren, Ruben (Baby) Paul Gonzales, San Angelo, Texas, Jose (Joe) Moncada, Winslow, JoAnn Gonzales, North Las Vegas, Nevada, Marisa Moncada, Maria de Rosario Talavera, Jesus Talavera, all from Winslow; her great grandchildren, Taylor Mae Gonzales, San Angelo, Texas, Dlyan Johnson Moncada, Henderson, Nevada, Anthony Michael Sundwall, Winslow.

Her parents, husbands, Johnny Osegueda and Manuel V. Vargas and five sisters precede her in death.

Rosary and Vigil Service were Sunday, January 28 at 7 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Winslow. Funeral Mass was Monday, January 29 at 10 a.m. also at the Church. Burial followed in Desert View Cemetery.

Norvel Owens Mortuary of Winslow was in charge of the arrangements.

Ray Holmes

Ray Holmes, 84, passed away January 24 at his home in Holbrook. Ray was born to William and Bertha Holmes in Tyler, Minnesota. As a young child his family moved to North Dakota where he attended high school and college. He loved playing football and was inducted into the Minot State Teachers College Hall of Fame as a quarterback. He was often captain of the football teams on which he played.

After completing college, Ray entered the military and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. While in the Navy he married and had two children. Ray was honorably discharged from the Navy, then returned home to North Dakota and worked as a sanitarian. During this time he was divorced and later married Mavis Schnabel. Together they would have four children and 46 wonderful years.

Ray and Mavis came to Holbrook in 1955 where he worked as Public Health Sanitarian for 30 years. Ray was instrumental in having the Public Health Department built. Ray was involved in several organizations, including the Northern Arizona Comprehensive Guidance Council, where he served as president, the local board for the Guidance Center, volunteer fireman, Holbrook Elk's Lodge, the Fair Board, Jaycees, Community Counseling Center, Navajo County Personnel Commission, NAHSA and the Northern Arizona Regional Behavioral Health Authority. Ray was also active in the community Methodist Church and loved to serve.

Ray is survived by his wife Mavis Holmes of Holbrook; one son, Brent Holmes of Holbrook; five daughters, Rae Nell Holmes of Holbrook, Marcia Myers of Cottonwood, Julie Cole of Glendale, Debbie Deer of Indiana and Jan Bartles of Indiana; seven grandchildren; two brothers, Howard Holmes and Robert Holmes, both of Minot, North Dakota; and one sister, Helen Kyle of North Dakota. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Saturday, January 27 at the United Methodist Church in Holbrook, with a viewing held one hour prior.

Owens Mortuary of Holbrook was in charge of the arrangements.

Clinton Wayne Kartchner

Clinton W. Kartchner, 62, passed away January 25 in Flagstaff. He was born in Linden. When he was eight years old the family moved to Woodruff where he lived for the rest of his life. He volunteered for the U.S. Air Force and served his country for four years. During that time he was proud to have been selected to be in the Honor Guard for a visit to the U.S. by Queen Elizabeth of Great Britain. He also served in Security for President Eisenhower. After the service he returned home and married Vivian Woolford of Holbrook. She died in an automobile accident three years later. He later married Frances Perkins of Taylor (1969). Clinton attended Arizona State College in Flagstaff and played on the football team there. He later attended classes at Northland Pioneer College and received an Associate Degree of Science. He worked for Arizona Dept. of Transportation for 20 years and retired from the highway maintenance department. Clinton enjoyed reading and gardening and traveling. He was a life long member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and had served in various capacities.

Clinton was preceded in death by, his wife Frances Irene Kartchner on November 13, 2000.

He is survived by three sons, Monte of Cardston, Alberta, Canada, Trent of Gilbert and Tilghman of Pima; four daughters, Bobbie Mendell of Woodruff, Nola Knight of Flagstaff, Camille Parry of Snowflake and Lisa Lampson of Mesa, one brother, Leon of Mesa; three sisters, Marcine Schuck of Lake Havasu, Erlene Plumb of Woodruff and Venla Burgess of Mesa; 20 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, January 29 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Woodruff with a visitation one hour prior to services at the church.

Owens Mortuary of Holbrook was in charge of the arrangements.

Etheline Tahbonemah Craig

Funeral services for Ethel Tahbonemah Craig, 73, of Lawton, Oklahoma were held Monday, January 29 in First Baptist Church East with Rev. Doug Passmore, Pastor, officiating. Mrs. Craig died January 26 in a local hospital. Burial was in the Rainy Mountain Indian Cemetery, Mountain View, Oklahoma. A prayer service was held Sunday evening, January 28 in the Becker Funeral Home Memorial Chapel.

Mrs. Craig was born September 11, 1927 in Carnegie, Oklahoma. She grew up in the Gotebo area until the death of her mother. She attended Riverside Indian School in Anadarko, Oklahoma. She later moved to Lawton and graduated from Lawton High School. She moved to Fort Apache, Arizona where she was employed with the Public Health Indian Hospital in the Dietary Department. She then moved to Snowflake where she was employed with the Indian Dorm, Bureau of Indian Affairs. She later moved to Winslow, where she was employed with the Bureau of Indian Affairs and later the Public Health Hospital. She attended school in Santa Fe, New Mexico where she became a Certified Dietician. She returned to Winslow and again worked at the Public Health Hospital and later transferred to I.H.S. in Fort Defiance until her retirement in 1985. She then made Lawton her home.

Survivors include six sons and three daughters: Daphne Short, Robert Short, Hanley Short, Robert Craig, Jr. and David Craig of Lawton, Oklahoma, Ardith Carter of El Paso, Texas, Lester Short of Anadarko, Oklahoma, Frank Craig of Rogers, Arkansas and Darlene Mobley of Lincoln, Nebraska; one brother, Mariand Tahbonemah of Sturgis, South Dakota; two sisters, Arlene Hokeah of Cleveland, Ohio and Dorothy Kodaseet of Carnegie, Oklahoma; 17 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Robert Craig, Sr.; mother Fannie Saumpty Tahbonemah; father, George Tahbonemah; three brothers, Adolph Tahbonemah, Allen Tahbonemah and Hanley Tahbonemah; and four sisters, Maggie Paukie, Pricilla Andreson, Verna Mihecoby and Grace Choney.

Becker Funeral Home, 1502 Ft. Sill Blvd., Lawton, Oklahoma was in charge of the arrangements.

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