Lilly Mae Claw of Rat Springs - Wildcat Peak, Ariz. passed away Tuesday, Jan. 5 in Flagstaff.
Claw was born July 10, 1938 in Red Lake, Ariz. to Albert Dandy Sr. and Cora Shorty Dandy. She is of the Biih Bítoo'nii Todichiinii (Deer Spring Bitterwater) Clan born for Tl'aashchí'í Tl'izilani (Red Cheek Manygoats) Clan. Her maternal grandfather was of the Tábaahí (Water's Edge Clan) and her paternal grandfather is Dzaanééz lání (Many Mules (Burros)) Clan.
Claw was a lifelong advocate for education and leadership amongst her Navajo people. She was a retired food service cook of the Civil Service where she served 35 years throughout the Kaibeto Boarding School and Red Lake Day School.
Claw is survived by her children, Rosita Claw, Lucille Claw, Leta Begay, Gordon Claw Jr. and McKinley Claw. Her sisters are Zonnie Richards, Marie Begay, Alvina Slim, Rosie Dandy and Ruby Whitethorne. Her brothers are Jim Dandy Sr., Charlie Dandy and Albert Dandy Jr. Her grandchildren are Anthony Harrison, Shayne Claw, Jordon Begay, Shaquille Begay, Shania Begay, Cordelle Claw, Charmayne Claw, Chelsea Claw, Tameya Claw, Kayla Star, Makayla Claw, Bunny Claw and many of the children she called her grandchildren.
Claw was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years Gordon Claw Sr., father Albert Dandy Sr. and mother Cora Shorty Dandy.
Services were held Jan. 8 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Tuba City, Ariz. with interment following at the Rat Springs family plot.
The Claw, Dandy, and Begay family would like to thank the many people that have offered support and words of encouragement during this difficult time. Condolences to the family can be sent to: The Family of Lilly Mae Claw; P.O. Box 156; Tonalea AZ 86044.
Arrangements were made by Norvel Owens Mortuary.