Freida Sage died June 4, 2006 in Flagstaff, Ariz. She was born July 25, 1951 in Rehoboth N.M. into the Water Flows Together People Clan for the Red House People Clan.
Ms. Sage attended High School at the Navajo Methodist Mission in Farmington,
N.M. and graduated in May 1970. She attended Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo., from 1970-74 and obtained her bachelor of arts in social work on April 20, 1974.
Ms. Sage continued her education at the Arizona State University and obtained her master's in social work in December 1982.
She obtained employment with the Gallup Indian Medical Center, Gallup, N.M., from 1972 and continued to work there until 1980.
From June through August 1981, she worked with the Phoenix Indian Center, Social Services Department. From February 1981through January 1982, she worked for the Environmental Protection Office with the Navajo Nation.
From June 1982 through March 1998 she was a social worker with various agencies including the Navajo Nation Division of Social Welfare, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Indian Health Service at various locations including Fort Defiance, Ariz., Crownpoint, N.M., Gallup, Chinle, Ariz., Tsaile, Ariz., Portland, Ore., and Window Rock, Ariz.
From July 1998 through December 2003, she was Community Services Coordinator for Kaibeto Chapter, Kaibeto, Ariz. Ms. Sage was elected as Chapter President and took the oath of office in January 2005. She was also a school board member for Kaibeto Boarding School.
Survivors include her sisters, Fren Detsoi and Diane Sandoval; brother, Gerald Sage and grandmother, Rose A. Freeland.
Ms. Sage was preceded in death by her parents, Emma B. and Keith Sage; and grandparents, Little Billy Becenti, Wayne H. Freeland, Harry Sage and Lucy T. Sage.
Services were held June 6 at Kaibeto Baptist Church in Kaibeto and June 9 at the Gallup Christian Center with Pastor Mel Montoya officiated the services.
Burial followed on the family land in Mulholland Wells, N.M.
Rollie Mortuary of Gallup was in charge of arrangements.