TUBA CITY, Ariz. - Helen Nesbah Tsinnie, 98, passed away June 28 at the Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation.
She was born February 10, 1911 in Sanostee, N.M. to Hosteen and Nellie Yazzie. She was Ashihii' (Salt Clan). As a young girl she attended Phoenix Indian School and Fort Wingate Indian School in Fort Wingate, N.M. She married Richard H. Tsinnie, and moved to Tuba City where they raised their family. She held various positions at the Tuba City Indian Medical Center and eventually retired after 21 years of service as the Housekeeping Supervisor.
She is survived by daughters Angela M. Begay and Rena M. Gauna of Tuba City and Rosalind Horace of Phoenix; sons Orville Z. Tsinnie of Shiprock, N.M. and Richard K. Tsinnie of Chandler; 33 grandchildren, 75 great grandchildren and 28 great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband Richard H. Tsinnie Sr.; parents Hosteen and Nellie Yazzie; daughters Betty L. Tsinnie and Darlene A. Coffland; son Willis Ross Tsinnie; grandsons Matthew C. Kootswatewa, Ladell Bergen, and Reyes Kootswatewa; granddaughter Melinda R. Yazzie and Orlita Honahni; and great granddaughter Heather Yazzie.
Services were held July 1 at the First Baptist Church in Tuba City. Interment followed at the family plot in White Point Mesa, Ariz.