Navajo-Hopi Nations,Flagstaff & Winslow News
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May 29-June 4, 2005

Ignacio Ochoa Rodriguez

Ignacio (Nacho) Ochoa Rodriguez died Tuesday May 31, 2005 in the Verde Valley. He was 61 years old.

He was born May 5, 1944 in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico.

He worked for the Duke City Lumber Mill for more than 20 years. He moved to Verde Valley in 1995 where he spent his remaining years. Ignacio was a hardworking man who enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and spending time with his family.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ignacio Ochoa-Diaz, and mother, Conrada Rodriguez de Ochoa.

He is survived by son, Daniel Ochoa and family; son, Joseph (Dolores) Ochoa and children, Briana and Miguel; daughter, Yvonne Rechy and family.

Services were held at Madre de Dios Church, in Winslow with a Rosary service held on June 6 at 7 p.m. Mass was held on June 7 at 10 a.m.

Arrangements made by Norvel Owens Mortuary in Winslow.

Birda Ree Handy

Birda Ree Handy, 82, was born November 15, 1922, to Preston and Lucille Davis in Zwolle, Louisiana. She was one of two daughters born to her parents. Both parents and her sister preceded her in death. Birda attended school in Many, La. She accepted Christ at an early age.

In 1950 Birda moved to Winslow where she was united into marriage to Samuel Handy. From this union two daughters were born. Birda was a homemaker most of her life.

Soon after she moved to Winslow, she united with Zion Baptist Church where she retained membership until she departed this life. She sang in the choir, taught Sunday school, was mission president, assistant treasurer, choir president, church secretary, a member of Paradise Missionary Baptist State Convention of Arizona Inc., the corresponding secretary of the Women's Department of the Northern Arizona Missionary Baptist District Association, and was presently financial secretary of Zion Baptist Church.

On Tuesday, May 24, 2005 at 7:45 a.m., God dispatched his angels to call her home to rest.

Birda leaves to cherish her memories a loving and devoted husband, Samuel Handy; two daughters, Martha King of Las Vegas, Nev.; Betty Burney of Phoenix; one sister-in-law Nonnie Lee Smith of Houston; one brother-in-law, Aubrey (PeColia) Handy of Mansfield, La.; one granddaughter, Krinda King of Phoenix, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends and well wishers.

Viewing for Birda Handy was Friday, June 3, 2005; 6 to 8 p.m. at Greer's Mortuary of Winslow Chapel. Funeral Services were held Saturday, June 4, 2005; 11 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Steward Jackson

Steward Jackson, 28 passed away May 25, 2005 in Forsyth, Montana.

He graduated from Winslow High School in 1996.

He is survived by his father, Stacy Gishal of Jeddito; mother, Vera Jackson; sister, Juliet Farion Yazzie of Teesto and his grandmother, Anita Jackson who raised him.

Funeral Services were held on Tuesday May 31, 2005; 10 a.m. at Greer's Mortuary of Winslow Chapel.

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

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