January 2004

Wallace “Waylon” Slowtalker

Wallace “Waylon” Slowtalker 41, of Winslow, passed away Jan. 1, 2004 in Kingman. He was born on March 30, 1962 at Birdsprings to John and Zonnie Slowtalker.

Wallace loved horses, enjoyed horseback riding and listening to country music. His other hobby was doing Arts & Crafts projects and making kachina dolls.

He liked teasing people of all ages and joked around with friends and relatives.

He is survived by his parents, John and Zonnie Slowtalker; five brothers, Wilso Slowtalker, Jerry Slowtalker, Norman Slowtalker, Jimmy Slowtalker and Dan Slowtalker; four sisters, Susie Ramirez, Virginia Yazzie, Elizabeth Dudley and Vina Mann. He is also survived by a granddaughter and numerous nieces and nephews

Funeral Services were held Monday, Jan 5 at First Baptist Church in Winslow. Burial followed at Desert View Cemetery.

Arrangements were under the direction of Norvel Owens Mortuary of Winslow.

1-14-04

Jason Aaron Cody

Services for Jason Aaron Cody, 19, were held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, Jan. 9, 2004 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Leupp Branch, in Leupp, Pastor Joe Cody officiating. Viewing was held from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Interment was at Round Cedar Cemetery.

Cody was born on Dec. 18, 1984 in Scottsbluff, Neb. He passed away on Jan. 2, 2004 in Leupp. His hobbies included drawing, model cars and listening to music. He loved to tease and joke around. He will be greatly missed by everyone.

His survivors include his father, Jack Cody Jr. of Leupp; mother, Marie Janus Cody Luther of Cow Springs; son, Rondell Kenneth Nez Cody of Birdsprings; girlfriend, Marshella of Birdsprings; sisters, Lolita Janus Cody (Terry Foster) of Leupp, Janicee Janus (Adrian) Charley of Flagstaff, Carmelita Janus (Robert) Manygoats of Kaibito, Jacqueline Janus Cody of Leupp, Leighanne Williams of Cameron, and Robin Jensen Cody of Tempe; paternal grandfather, Jack Cody Sr.; two aunts, Nellie Cody of Winslow and Lillie Cody of Flagstaff; uncles, Joe Cody of Vander Wagon, NM, Eugene Cody of Leupp, Leonard Cody of Leupp, Larry Luther of Leupp, Billie Luther and Bobby Luther, both of Cowsprings, and Eddie Luther of Winslow; grandmothers, Rena Foster and Mannie Cody, both of Leupp; and Clan brother Tom Foster of Leupp. He had many cousins, nephews, nieces, aunts, grandparents, friends, and brothers- and sisters-in-law.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Helen Cody; maternal grandparents, John and Lula Luther; uncles, Nedgene Cody and Henry Luther; two aunts, Dollie Cody and Lula Cody; and great-grandmother, Bah Cody.

Arrangements under the care of Greer’s Mortuary of Winslow.

Jeff Door

Jeff Door passed away peacefully at home on Friday, Jan. 2, 2004. He is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Sherri Door. Jeff was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Mich., on March 25, 1942. Jeff and Sheri moved to Winslow in September 1971, where they opened a furniture store downtown and in February became the local Sears Catalog Agency. In 1981, they moved to Second St. and became Western Auto. Jeff loved NASCAR racing, Diamondbacks, Cardinals, Lions and Wildcats. He also loved working in his yard and tending to his dogs. Jeff was also an accomplished organist and loved to sing and praise the Lord. He was a long-time member of the local Elks Lodge.

Other survivors include his son, Dave and Tracy Herms of Winslow; daughter, Debbie and Pete Champnoise of Michigan; son, Jeff Door III of Phoenix; daughter, Jayne and Tim Hooper of Michigan; and 8 grandchildren: Tresa and Jesse Champnoise, Kristin and Tony Herms, Johnny and Daphany Door, and Michael and David Hooper; and one great-grandson, Hunter Champnoise; as well as sisters, Dolores Wood and Susie of Michigan; brother, Dick Westlake of Texas; sister, Yvonne Piacenti of California; also his loyal employees, Ken TeWinkle, Debbie Rogers, Ozzie Davis, Karri Matlow and Jack Shoupe.

Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, 2004 at the First Baptist Church, 411 N. Warren, Winslow, Pastor David Daffern officiating. Viewing was held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2004 at Greer’s Mortuary Chapel.

Arrangements under the care of Greer’s Mortuary of Winslow.

Allen Begay

Graveside Services for Allen Begay, 68, were held Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2004 at the Hardrock Cemetery, Hardrock.

Allen Begay passed away Jan. 11, 2004 at the Winslow Campus of Care. He was born on March 8, 1935 in Hardrock to parents Tse Cody and Annette Begay. During his working years, he was employed by the Santa Fe Railroad until his retirement in 1981.

He is survived by wife, Lorraine Vaughn Begay; sons, Sevier Begay of Winslow, Gary Begay of Window Rock, Larry Begay of Winslow, Loren Begay of Leupp, Nathaniel Begay of Winslow, Garrikson Begay of Phoenix; daughters, Marlinda Huma of Polacca; Sandra Begay of Winslow; brother, Russell Begay of Pinon.

Arrangements were under the care of Greer’s Mortuary of Winslow.

Arthur C. Brown

Holy Rosary and Mass of Christian Burial will be recited and celebrated for Arthur C. Brown on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2004 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, located at 220 W. Second St., Winslow with Father Dan Hussey celebrant. Interment will be at Desert View Cemetery.

Arthur C. Brown passed away at Winslow Campus of Care on Jan. 9, 2004. He was 94 years of age and was attended by family and caregivers. Arthur was born on Jan 12, 1909 in the upper Greaswood area. After attending the Ft. Wingate Indian School, he married Nora Dene Yazzie at Keams Canyon in 1942. Arthur, shortly thereafter, enlisted in the United States Marine Corps as a “Code Talker,” and served in the Pacific Theater until the end of World War II. He was later awarded the Silver “Code Talkers” medal by an Act of Congress of the United States of America.

Throughout his life, Arthur was best known as a carpenter in the White Cone area. Often he gave so much to others, asking little or nothing in return. It was Arthur’s way of being, which he passed on to his family.

He is survived by his wife, Nora, of White Cone; children, Maryann Dickson of Fruitland, Albert C. Brown of Albuquerque, Marie of Albuquerque, Arthur C. Brown, Jr. of Phoenix, Susie Reynolds of Phoenix, Bessie Chare of Idaho, Paul C. Brown of Holbrook, Felix C. Brown of White Cone, Michael C. Brown of White Cone; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his sons, Alfred and Alex “Tosie” Brown.

We will miss you, Chee! Our husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, friend and elder. “Semper-Fi” - Marine.

Arrangments under the care of Greer’s Mortuary of Winslow.

Mary Marquez

Oct. 12, 1929 - Dec. 27, 2003

Mary Guerrero Marquez, 74, of Modesto died of Parkinson’s Disease Saturday at Hy-Lond Convalescent Hospital.

Mrs. Marquez was a native of Arizona, lived in Modesto four years and previously lived in San Leandro 44 years. She was an electronic production assembler.

She was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church and the Teamsters union Local 78 for 30 years. She enjoyed crocheting.

She is survived by her husband, Raymond P. Marquez of Modesto; children, Ronald R. Marquez Sr. of Modesto, Janeith Darlene Marquez of Hayward, Carol Jean Gonzales of Manteca, Barbara Marcum of Fremont and Mary Louise Sanchez of Patterson; brother, Roy Guerrero of Escondido; sister, Julia Passmore of Pittsburg; and 10 great -grandchildren.

The rosary was recited Monday, Jan. 5 at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. A Mass was held Tuesday at the church. Private cremation.

Cunningham’s Affordable Burial & Cremation Centers in charge of arrangements.

1-21-04

Michael T. Scaramuzzo

Memorial services for Michael T. Scaramuzzo, 21, were held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2004 at Christ’s Church of Flagstaff, 3475 E. Soliere Ave., Flagstaff, Pastor Nick Desmond officiating.

Michael Scaramuzzo passed away on Jan. 10, 2004 in Winslow. He was born on Dec. 5, 1982 to Brian L. and Florentina Scaramuzzo in Tucson. Michael attended Coconino High School. He was a sweet, kind, loving and generous person, always thinking of others first.

He is survived by his father, Brian Scaramuzzo of Winslow; mother, Florentina Kloehn of Mississippi; daughter, Victoria Scaramuzzo of Mississippi; son, Vance Scaramuzzo of Mississippi; and sister, Michelle Scaramuzzo of Winslow.

Arrangements were under the care of Greer’s Mortuary of Winslow.

Arthur Charlie Yazzie

Funeral services for Arthur C. Yazzie, 82, of Birdsprings, were held on Friday, Jan. 16, 2004 at 10:00 a.m. at the Maranatha Assembly of God located on the corner of Fleming and Alfred, Winslow, with Pastor Henry Chase officiating. Interment was at Desert View Cemetery.

Arthur C. Yazzie was born on July 2, 1921 in Dilkon to parents Charlie and Ella Hoskie Yazzie. He passed into eternal life on Jan. 8, 2004 at the V.A. Medical Center in Prescott. Arthur was a Veteran of Foreign Wars, serving his country in the U.S. Army during WWII as part of Troop E, 85th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron. His decorations and citations include European-African-Middle Eastern Theatre Ribbon with 3 Battle Star Combat Infantry Badge and Good Conduct Medal.

He is survived by his wife, Eva Lee (Curley) Yazzie of Birdsprings; son, Samuel Yazzie of Tuba City; daughter, Irene Wilson of Birdsprings; brother, Jimmy Yazzie of Dilkon; and sister, Stella Nelson of Dilkon.

Arrangements were under the care of Greer’s Mortuary of Winslow.

Bonnie K. Lowe

Services for Bonnie K. Lowe, 85, of Winslow, will be held Tuesday, January 20, 2004 at 11:00 a.m. at Greer’s Mortuary chapel located at 316 W. Second St.

Bonnie was born on February 15, 1918 in Palastine, Texas to John N. and Jessie Chason Killion. At the age of 5, the family moved to Portalles, NM, where Bonnie attended grade school at Rogers and High School in Portalles, NM. She moved to Superior in 1935 and moved to Winslow on February 19, 1952. Bonnie opened Winslow’s Þrst humane society July 1, 1967 and had been really devoted to animals all of her Iife. She spent 2 decades at the animal shelter until her retirement.

Her survivors include two daughters, Cheryl (Bob) Stahl of Tucson, Linda (Ronald) Le Blanc of Pocatello, Idaho; one brother, W.M. Killion of Alta Loma, California; two sisters, Charm Kwis of Prescott, AZ and Agnes Shaw of Livermore, CA; two granddaughters; one great-granddaughter; many nieces, nephews and friends. She is preceded in death by her husband, Jay B. Lowe, her parents, one sister and Þve brothers.

Arrangements under the care of Greer’s Mortuary of Winslow.

Gilbert Begay

Services for Gilbert Begay, 39, were held on Friday, January 16, 2004 at 10:00 a.m. at the Whitecone United Methodist Church, Whitecone, AZ, with Pastor Guy B. Nez Jr., ofÞciating. Interment was at the family plot in White Cone, AZ.

Gilbert was born in Shiprock, NM on April 22,1964. He passed away on January 11, 2004 in Polacca, AZ. He is survived by his wife, Karen Joy Nez; sons, Roman Begay, Romon Begay, Romondo Begay and Rolando Begay; mother, Pauline Tso Begay; siblings, Thomas Begay Sr., Daisy Nez, Anita Nez, Dale Begay, Wayne Begay and Raymond Begay; many uncles, aunts, cousins, and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father.

Arrangements under the care of Greer’s Mortuary of Winslow.

Josephine C. Brehm

Josephine C. Brehm, 88, died Wednesday, January 14 at her home in Winslow. Josephine moved to Winslow in 1946 with her husband, Paul Sr. for reasons of his health. She served as a secretary for attorney, John Clark and also served as a secretary for the court system doing shorthand court reporting.

Josephine was preceded in death by her husband who died in 1977. She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Paul and Tina Brehm, of Mobile, Alabama; two granddaughters and their husbands, Julia and Robert Lacy, of Houston, Texas, and Laura and Carl Thomas of Stillwater, Oklahoma; one great grandson, Cameron Meyer, also of Stillwater; and a special friend and caregiver, Irene Archibeque.

A service of remembrance will take, place in the chapel at the Norvel Owens Mortuary, 1505 W. Third St., Winslow, Arizona on Wednesday, January 21, 2004 at 2:00 p.m. with burial to follow at Desert View Cemetery in Winslow.

Arrangements are under the direction of Norvel Owens Mortuary.

1-28-04

James C. Burrage

Funeral Services for James C. Burrage, 72, were held Saturday, January 24, 2004 at 10:00 a.m. at the Winslow Elks Lodge #536 located at 315 W. Third St., Winslow, AZ. A visitation will be held Friday, January 23, 2004 from 5-7 p.m. at Greer’s Mortuary Chapel located at 316 W. Second St., Winslow. Graveside services and interment will take place at Williams Community Cemetery on Saturday, January 24, 2004 at 3:00 p.m. in Williams, AZ.

James was born on August 19, 1931 in McNary, AZ to Douglas Hammett and Thelma Lee Burrage. He passed away surrounded by his loving family on January 18, 2004 in Albuquerque, NM from complications of surgery. He loved playing his guitars, ranching and being around lots of family and friends. He was a Korean War Veteran and worked for many years for the A.T. & S.F. Railroad before his retirement.

He is survived by his children, Patricia (Robert) Kent of Winslow, Linda (David “Deke”) Moore of Corrales, NM, Sandra Burrage of Rio Rancho, NM, James (Antoinette) Burrage of Winslow, and Robert (Sheryl) Burrage of Gilbert; brothers, O.L. “Buster” (Louise) Burrage, Charles Burrage, and Cecil (Donna) Burrage; sisters, Joyce Sullivant and Alice (Danny) Schnell; 15 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren and his former wife of 33 years, Darlene. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Douglas and Geether; and his sister, Francis White.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to your favorite charity.

Arrangements under the care of Greer’s Mortuary of Winslow.

Edna Irene Howeth

Funeral Services for Edna Irene Howeth, 82, of Winslow, were held Friday, January 23, 2004 at 10:00 a.m. at the Willcox First United Methodist Church located at 124 S. Curtis Ave., Willcox, AZ. Interment will be held at the Sunset Cemetery in Willcox.

Edna was born on December 28, 1921 in Sylvester, TX. She passed away on January 18, 2004 in Scottsdale, AZ. She married Mark Howeth in Silver City, NM on December 5, 1946. They eventually moved to Willcox, AZ where their children attended school. She enjoyed gardening, cooking and country music. She also enjoyed playing the organ and guitar. Her hobbies included crocheting, bead work and sewing. Edna loved family reunions and was an avid fan of “Fan Fair.” She was a devoted wife, loving mother and a fun, loving granny.

She is survived by two sons, Glenn (Yvonne) Howeth of Winslow and Bob (Becky) Howeth of Orlando, FL; a sister, Opal Floyd of Graham, TX; a brother-in-law, Lindsey Cohorn of Wilcox; four grandchildren: Travis, Amy, Tenniel and Wesley; Þve great-grandchildren: Mary, Mike, Melissa, James Marc and Alyssa; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Mark Howeth (March 29, 1985); parents Abner and Audrie Cook; sisters, Sib Mauldin, Hester Walker, Breece Carter, Willie Pearl Cohorn, Frankie Hayes, Viola Fox, Eula Bradshaw and Sis Walker; brothers, Henry Cook, Grady Cook and Edgar Cook.

In lieu of cards and þowers, please send a donation in Irene Howeth’s name to the Southern Arizona Alzheimer’s Region, 5132 E. Pima St., Tucson, AZ 85712.

Arrangements under the care of Greer’s Mortuary of Winslow.

Mary “Jean” Kanuho Hardy

Funeral Services for Mary “Jean” Kanuho Hardy, 70, were held on Thursday, January 22, 2004 at 10:00 at Maranatha Assembly of God located at the corner of Alfred & Fleming in Winslow, with Pastor Johnny Nells officiating. Interment was at Desert View Cemetery in Winslow, AZ.

Mary was born at Elephant Butte, AZ on May 21, 1933 to Bertha Totsonie and Marcus Kanuho. She passed away on January 18, 2004 in Winslow, AZ. She is of the Salt people clan and born for Manygoats people clan. Maternal grandparents are Big Water people clan and paternal grandparents are Bitterwater people clan. She was a homemaker and a rug weaver. She took great joy in raising her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband of 55 Years, Kee Hardy Sr., of Dilkon; sons, Raymond (Rosemary) Kee of Flagstaff and Larry of Dilkon, Anthony (Lavon) of Flagstaff, Kee Jr. (Bernice) of Dilkon; daughters, Eileen of Leupp, Marilyn (Lorenzo) Lee of Nixon, NV. and Lucille (Randy) Jones of Leupp; 17 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son, Wilfred Joe Hardy, and grandparents, Pete and Chinpa Totsonie.

Arrangements were under the care of Greer’s Mortuary of Winslow.

Marie S. Schibi

Holy Rosary for Marie Sophie Schibi, 79, was recited Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2004 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated today, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2004 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with Father Dan Hussey, celebrant. Interment will be in Desert View Cemetery.

Marie was born on Aug. 28, 1924 in Mount Healthy, Ohio, to parents Eugene and Carrie L. Krogman Sterwerf. She moved to Winslow in 1951. She managed the Sprouse-Reitz in Winslow and in Springerville. She was a member of the V.F.W. Auxiliary.

She is survived by her son, Bill (Barbara) Schibi of Flagstaff; daughters, Marie (Frank) Gose of Winslow, Sandra (Vaughn) Nelson of Oregon, Debra Markovich of Oregon, Cheryl (Bernie) Lopez of Winslow, Karen Tolley of Indiana, and Brenda Juarez of Winslow; brother, William Sterwerf of Ohio; sister, Betty Dudley of Ohio; 20 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Schibi; her parents; her son, James Schibi; and brother, Eugene Sterwerf.

Arrangements were under the care of Greer’s Mortuary of Winslow.

Joe N. Smith Sr.

Holy Rosary for Joe N. Smith Sr., 75, was recited on Monday, Jan. 26, 2004 at 7:00 p.m. at Madre de Dios Catholic Church. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2004 at Madre de Dios Catholic Church with Father Dan Hussey, celebrant. Interment was in Desert View Cemetery.

Joe Narciso Smith was born on Dec. 28, 1928 in Concho to parents Narciso and Virginia Barreras Smith. He passed away on Jan. 22, 2004 at the V.A. Medical Center in Prescott. Joe was a veteran, serving our country during WWII in the U.S. Army.

In his early working career, he worked as a ranch hand for many of the area’s ranches. He went on to work for the Santa Fe Railroad. Then he worked as a dog catcher, working his way up to be employed by the Winslow Police Department until his retirement. He was active in Little League and during elections, he helped out at the polling places. He was a member of Madre de Dios Catholic Church, the V.F.W., and the American Legion.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia D. Smith; sons, Robert Smith, Joe Smith Jr., Milton Smith, Herman Smith and Tommy Smith; daughter, Alice Smith; brothers, Vero Smith, Henry “Smitty” Smith and Sammy Smith; sisters, Bessie Williams, Tillie Anaya, Virginia Ruby and Lucy Ono; numerous grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and son, Max Smith.

Arrangements were under the care of Greer’s Mortuary of Winslow.

Madelon Easley Tackett

Madelon Easley Tackett died Sept. 29, 2003 in Fresno, Calif. She was born in Winslow on Nov. 23, 1906 and was the daughter of Buena Easley.

Madelon and her husband, R.B. “Tack” Tackett, moved to Bakersfield, Calif., in the late 1950s.

Madelon is survived by her daughters, Patti Duncan of Fresno and Madelon Blumlein of Concho; nine grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-granchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Tack; son, Rodger; and mother, Buena.

Memorial services were held in Fresno at St. Columbas Episcopal Church on Oct. 4, 2003. Her ashes will be interred in Winslow at a later date.

Mary Louise Freeby

Holy Rosary for Mary Louise Freeby, 82, was recited at Greer’s Mortuary Chapel on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2004 at 8:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated today, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2004 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with Father Dan Hussey, celebrant. Viewing was held at Greer’s Mortuary Chapel prior to the Rosary on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2004 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Interment will be at Desert View Cemetery.

Arrangements were under the care of Greer’s Mortuary of Winslow.

2-4-04

Alberta D. James

Funeral Services for Alberta D. James, 86, of Dilkon, were held on Saturday, Jan. 24 at the Maranatha Assembly of God, located on the comer of Fleming and Alfred in Winslow. Interment was at Desert View Cemetery in Winslow.

Alberta was born Dec. 15, 1917 in Castle Butte. She passed away on Jan. 21, 2004 in Flagstaff. Alberta enjoyed weaving, sewing and other crafts. She loved to play solitaire on the computer. From 1968-1984, she was employed by the B.I.A. at the Dilkon school as a custodian until her retirement.

Her survivors include husband, Tom James of St. Michaels; sons, Benny Long, Scott Long and Henry Long, all of Dilkon, and Wilson Long of Castle Butte; daughters, Molly Begay, Patricia Tom and Julia James, all of Dilkon, and Mary Tabaha of Ft. Defiance; a stepson, Freddy James of Montezuma Creek, Utah; stepdaughters, Shirley Brown of Dilkon and Bernice Holly of Montezuma Creek, Utah; a brother, Dale Dixon Sr. of Dilkon; sisters, Eleanora Barton and Stella Chase, both of Dilkon; 41 grandchildren and many, many great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by daughter, Bertha Gourneau; sisters, Mary D. Begay and Ellen Williams; and grandson, Marvin Begay.

Arrangements were under the care of Greer’s Mortuary of Winslow.

Mary Louise Freeby

Holy Rosary for Mary Louise (Schmitz) Freeby was recited on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2004 at Greer's Mortuary Chapel, located at 316 W. Second St., Winslow. Mass of a Christian Burial was held on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2004 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church with Father Dan Hussey, celebrant.

A viewing was held prior to the Rosary on Tuesday at Greer's Mortuary Chapel. Interment was at Desert View Cemetery.

Mary Louise (Schmitz) Freeby, a native of Winslow, passed away on Jan. 24, 2004 at Winslow Memorial Hospital. She was 82 years old. Born on March 3, 1921 to parents Leon and Clara Schmitz, her greatest achievements were her marriage to Alvin Guy (Jim) Freeby on Oct. 9, 1938 and parenting her four children.

When her children were no longer at home, she worked as a surgical technician. She joined her husband in retirement and together they enjoyed spending time with each other, traveling, visiting with their extended family, and hunting for and restoring antiques and collectibles. Mary took great pride in the knowledge of antiques and their value, which she gained through her many years of interest and became quite an expert in the area.

She is survived by her son, Jim (Maryann) Freeby of Sigurd, Utah; daughter, Mary (Jim) Beres of Gardnerville, Nevada; her beloved niece, Pat (Tom) Fisher of Albuquerque, NM; brother, Gene (Donna) Schmitz of Winslow; 11 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews (and their families) and beloved friends. Her family will miss her greatly and will say that as one is judged in the evening of their life by the love they have shown to their family and others, may she be found blessed in God's Kingdom.

Arrangements were under the care of Greer’s Mortuary of Winslow.

Herman Smith

Funeral Services for Herman Smith, 85, of Dinnebito were held Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2004 at the Hardrock Gosple Mission, Hardrock. Interment was at Hardrock Cemetery.

Herman Smith was born on June 9, 1918 in Hardrock to parents, Bizaadi Sani and Thia Dughi. He passed away in Phoenix on Jan. 22, 2004.

During his working career, he was employed by the Santa Fe Railroad as a Laborer. He is survived by his daughters, Ella Mae Smith of Rocky Ridge, Dorothy Bain of Holbrook, Samantha Redhair of Rocky Ridge and Verdy Yazzie of Flagstaff; sons, Ernest Smith of Rocky Ridge, Raylee Begay of Phoenix, Benjamin Smith of Tuba City, Jeffery Smith of Rocky Ridge and Ervin Smith of Rocky Ridge; 63 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Arrangements were under the care of Greer’s Mortuary of Winslow.

02-04-04

Alberta D. James

Funeral Services for Alberta D. James, 86, of Dilkon, were held on Saturday, Jan. 24 at the Maranatha Assembly of God, located on the comer of Fleming and Alfred in Winslow. Interment was at Desert View Cemetery in Winslow.

Alberta was born Dec. 15, 1917 in Castle Butte. She passed away on Jan. 21, 2004 in Flagstaff. Alberta enjoyed weaving, sewing and other crafts. She loved to play solitaire on the computer. From 1968-1984, she was employed by the B.I.A. at the Dilkon school as a custodian until her retirement.

Her survivors include husband, Tom James of St. Michaels; sons, Benny Long, Scott Long and Henry Long, all of Dilkon, and Wilson Long of Castle Butte; daughters, Molly Begay, Patricia Tom and Julia James, all of Dilkon, and Mary Tabaha of Ft. Defiance; a stepson, Freddy James of Montezuma Creek, Utah; stepdaughters, Shirley Brown of Dilkon and Bernice Holly of Montezuma Creek, Utah; a brother, Dale Dixon Sr. of Dilkon; sisters, Eleanora Barton and Stella Chase, both of Dilkon; 41 grandchildren and many, many great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by daughter, Bertha Gourneau; sisters, Mary D. Begay and Ellen Williams; and grandson, Marvin Begay.

Arrangements were under the care of Greer’s Mortuary of Winslow.

Mary Louise Freeby

Holy Rosary for Mary Louise (Schmitz) Freeby was recited on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2004 at Greer's Mortuary Chapel, located at 316 W. Second St., Winslow. Mass of a Christian Burial was held on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2004 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church with Father Dan Hussey, celebrant.

A viewing was held prior to the Rosary on Tuesday at Greer's Mortuary Chapel. Interment was at Desert View Cemetery.

Mary Louise (Schmitz) Freeby, a native of Winslow, passed away on Jan. 24, 2004 at Winslow Memorial Hospital. She was 82 years old. Born on March 3, 1921 to parents Leon and Clara Schmitz, her greatest achievements were her marriage to Alvin Guy (Jim) Freeby on Oct. 9, 1938 and parenting her four children.

When her children were no longer at home, she worked as a surgical technician. She joined her husband in retirement and together they enjoyed spending time with each other, traveling, visiting with their extended family, and hunting for and restoring antiques and collectibles. Mary took great pride in the knowledge of antiques and their value, which she gained through her many years of interest and became quite an expert in the area.

She is survived by her son, Jim (Maryann) Freeby of Sigurd, Utah; daughter, Mary (Jim) Beres of Gardnerville, Nevada; her beloved niece, Pat (Tom) Fisher of Albuquerque, NM; brother, Gene (Donna) Schmitz of Winslow; 11 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews (and their families) and beloved friends. Her family will miss her greatly and will say that as one is judged in the evening of their life by the love they have shown to their family and others, may she be found blessed in God's Kingdom.

Arrangements were under the care of Greer’s Mortuary of Winslow.

Herman Smith

Funeral Services for Herman Smith, 85, of Dinnebito were held Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2004 at the Hardrock Gosple Mission, Hardrock. Interment was at Hardrock Cemetery.

Herman Smith was born on June 9, 1918 in Hardrock to parents, Bizaadi Sani and Thia Dughi. He passed away in Phoenix on Jan. 22, 2004.

During his working career, he was employed by the Santa Fe Railroad as a Laborer. He is survived by his daughters, Ella Mae Smith of Rocky Ridge, Dorothy Bain of Holbrook, Samantha Redhair of Rocky Ridge and Verdy Yazzie of Flagstaff; sons, Ernest Smith of Rocky Ridge, Raylee Begay of Phoenix, Benjamin Smith of Tuba City, Jeffery Smith of Rocky Ridge and Ervin Smith of Rocky Ridge; 63 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Arrangements were under the care of Greer’s Mortuary of Winslow.

2-11-04

Dora “Thelma” Neill

Dora “Thelma” Neill, 90, of Scottsdale, passed away Jan. 28, 2004. She was born in Adams County, Ohio, where she attended school and met her husband of 47 years, Robert S. Neill.

There they raised their two sons, James Robert, who preceded her in death, and William R., who currently resides in Anaheim Hills, Calif.

In 1963, the family moved to Flagstaff, then to Kingman, Snowflake and Winslow, where she and her late husband operated their Circle K stores.

Thelma is also survived by her sisters, Wilma Johnson and Ann Rudd; brothers, Burton James and Ernest (Junior) McFarland; her grandchildren, Rob, Beth, Amy, Carey and Ryan; many great and great, great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial Services will be held Feb. 21, 2004 at 2 p.m. at Whitney & Murphy Arcadia Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix.

Contributions in lieu of flowers to the First United Methodist Church, 101 E. Hillview Street, Winslow, AZ 86047.

James T. Yazzie

Funeral services for James T. Yazzie, 64, were held on Friday, Jan. 30, 2004 at the Leupp Presbyterian Church in Leupp. Interment was at the Old Leupp Presbyterian Cemetery.

James T. Yazzie was born on Oct. 8, 1939 in Leupp to parents Tsinijinnie Yazzie and Kathrine Canyon. He passed away at the Toyei Industry Group Home in Toyei, near Ganado, on Jan. 26, 2004.

He made Canyon Diablo in the Leupp area his home. In his childhood, he attended an eight-year educational program at Inner Mountain Indian School in Brigham City, Utah. Disabled all his life, he made the best of things by using his hands and personality to bring joy to himself and others.

His hobbies included modeling clay, journaling, drawing, repairing bicycles and other things. He was a participant in the Special Olympics track and field. He loved to spend time with relatives, friends and neighbors; making them laugh with the funny things he would say. His favorite family outing was a fishing trip to the fish farm in Oak Creek Canyon.

He is survived by his siblings: Betty Smith, Flora Smith, Patricia Pete, Lorraine Bia, Henry T. Yazzie and Priscilla Begay; and many, many nephews and nieces.

James was preceded in death by his parents, and siblings: Evelyn Yazzie, Beatrice Kirk, Pete Yazzie and Justin Dick Yazzie, who died in WWII.

Arrangements were under the care of Greer’s Mortuary of Winslow.

Christopher Izarius White

God took back one of his littlest angels, Christopher Izarius White. This little angel was born on Dec. 11, 2003 to Christopher White and Veronica Flanagan. He was called to heaven on Feb. 2, 2004.

Despite the fact that he was only here with us for a very short period of time, his memory will live on in our hearts forever. Christopher will now be a guardian angel looking down on his older brothers and sisters.

He is survived by his mother and father; brothers, Izrael, Donell, Seandell, Devon, Trevon and Victor; sisters, Tonia and Vonaisha; devoted grandmother, Nora Mesa (White); his aunties, uncles and cousins.

Mass of Angels was held on Friday, Feb. 6, 2004 at the Zion Baptist Church, Winslow. Interment was at Desert View Cemetery.

Arrangements were under the care of Greer’s Scott Mortuary.

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