Navajo-Hopi Nations,Flagstaff & Winslow News
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Obituaries 4/11/01

Esther E. Abrahamsen

Funeral services for Esther E. Johnson Abrahamsen, 95, were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 24 at the First United Methodist Churcb in Winslow. Interment was in Desert View Cemetery.

Esther was born on April 9, 1905 in Karlstad, Minnesota. She passed away on March 19 in Winslow. She was raised on a farm and briefly taught in a one room schoolhouse before marriage. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church and the Woman's Club. She was also an excellent china painter.

Her survivors include: one son, Arne and wife Roni of Winslow; two daughters, Louise Pederson and husband Ken of Lompoc, California; and Phoebe Britt and husband Tom of Nicholson Pennsylvania; 13 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Finn and two sons, David and Phillips.

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

Jessie Emig

Funeral services for Jessie Emig, 88, were at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 7 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Winslow Stake. Viewing was at 9 a.m. in the Relief Society Room prior to service. A viewing was held on Friday, April 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Greer's Scott Mortuary Chapel. Interment was in Desert View Cemetery.

Jessie Emig passed away on March 31 in Winslow. Jessie was born on March 24, 1913 to Nathan Thomas Kempton and Martha Jane Stewart Kempton in Lone Star, near Safford. She attended school in Safford and then went on to graduate from Gila Junior College, now called Eastern Arizona College. She met Bill Emig at a dance and knew she wanted to spend the rest of her life with him.

They married, then moved their family to Winslow in 1946. Jessie retired in 1977 from Arizona Public Service Company after 23 years as the lead customer service representative. Jessie and Bill were members of the Old Country Club. She loved to golf, bowl and most of all dance with Bill.

They bought a boat and she began water skiing at age 50. Her happiest times were when she had her family all together.

Her survivors include; two sons, Bill Emig, Jr. (wife, Teresa) of Flagstaff and Ned Emig (wife, Nettie) of Winslow; two daughters, Kaye Byerly (husband, Wes) of Pearce and Judy McKenzie (husband, Mark) of Winslow; 12 grandchildren: Paul, Mark, Michael, Matt, Terry, Ginger, Tod, Cyndie, Tammy, Dawn, Bill and Ted; 26 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Nell Coleman of Highland, California, and Margie Owens (husband, Wayne) of Show Low; and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Bill, who passed away in 1981; four brothers, Clyde, Kenneth, Jack and Lamar Kempton; and grandson David Morehead.

In lieu of flowers a memorial donation may be made in Jessie's name to: Alzheimer's Association, Northern Arizona Chapter, 225 Grove Avenue, Suite B, Prescott, Arizona 86301.

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

David Pete Long

Funeral services for David Pete Long, 54, were held at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 5 at the Dilkon First thurch of the Nazarene with Rev. Joseph Curley officiating. Interment was in Birdsprings.

David Long passed away on March 30, at 8 p.m. at the Flagstaff Medical Center. He was born on February 19, 1947, in Winslow, to Leroy and Alvina Long. When he was five months old he was adopted by Decker and Florence Yazzie.

His survivors include: his mother, Florence Yazzie, daughter, Darlene and son-in-law, Ray Paddock and two gorgeous grandchildren, Karissa, age six and Kobe, age two; his biological parents, Leroy and Alvina Long ; and brothers, sister, nieces and nephews.

His is preceded in death by his father, Decker S. Yazzie and sister, Marie Long.

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

Duane Owen Miller

Funeral services for Duane Owen Miller, 67, were held at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 7 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Winslow Stake Center, 205 W. Lee St., Winslow, with Bishop Roger Slade officiating. Burial followed in Desert View Cemetery.

Duane Miller passed away on March 31 in Glendale. He was born on December 9, 1933 in Ocheyedan, Iowa to Wayne Owen Miller and Elsie Ida Miller. Duane was in the military from 1952 to 1955 stationed in Germany. He moved to Winslow in 1956. Duane was heard to say, "I came to Winslow with two suitcases, $29.00 and a '49 Ford and Winslow has been good to me."

Duane had numerous jobs. He worked for the Winslow Police Department, getting involved first in the reserves in 1957 and then working full time from 1962 to 1972. He worked for Frontier Airlines, was a private investigator and a bondsman and had the Turquoise Nugget Jewelry Store. He was instrumental in making the car club a success in Winslow. He was a car enthusiast and had a 1960 Thunderbird that was cranberry red with a white top with which he won many trophies. He was a City Councilman, resigning in October, 1999 when he moved to Glendale.

Duane is survived by his brother, Skip Miller of Flagstaff; sisters, Florence Kraft of Harris, Iowa and Marcine Moulder of Hartley, Iowa; numerous nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Wayne Owen Miller and Elsie Ida Miller.

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

Linda Redsteer Skookum

Linda Redsteer Skookum, 39, of Hornick, Iowa died March 17 at a Sioux City , Iowa hospital after a brief illness. Linda was born October 14, 1961 in Winslow. She attended high school in Tuba City. In 1988 she married Joseph Bearcomesout and in 1996 she married Gerald L. Skookum in South Dakota. Linda lived in Leupp until 1988, moving to Ashland, Montana until 1993 when she moved to Sioux City. She moved to Hornick in 1999. She had been employed with Inland Empire Shows, Tri-S-Express, K and B Transportation and since 1997 with R & M Enterprise trucking company.

Survivors include: her husband, Gerald L. Skookum of Hornick, Iowa; sons Terrance and his wife Leslie Bearcomesout, Emery Bearcomesout and Robert Bearcomesout all of Hornick; daughters, Veronica and her husband Greg Haaf of Sioux City, Emerlynne Bearcomesout and Brenda Bearcomesout both of Hornick; mother Lillie and her husband Harold Begay, Sr. of Enterprise, Utah; brothers, Robert Redsteer, Jr. of Leupp, Arnold Redsteer of Omaha, Nebraska, Robertina Redsteer of Winslow, Harold Begay, Jr. of Sioux City, Iowa; sisters Amella Foot of Colstrip, Montana, Brenda Draper of Leupp and Lavonne Wilcox of Leupp. Her father, Robert Redsteer, preceded her in death.

Visitation was on Friday, March 23 from 6 - 8 p.m. at Norvel Owens Mortuary in Winslow. Funeral Services were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 24 at the Black Falls Church, Black Falls, Arizona with burial following in the Natoni Cemetery.

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

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