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Obituary: John Smithson

John Smithson, 87, died Sunday, May 22, 2011 in Flagstaff, Ariz. Mr. Smithson was born on April 17, 1924 in Claypool Gila County Arizona.

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Stephen Michael Shapiro

Stephen Michael Shapiro, 69, passed away Saturday, May 21, 2011 in Flagstaff, Ariz. He was born April 26, 1942 in Brooklyn, N.Y. to Harry M. and Helen Shapiro.

Kimana Nicole Davis

Kimana Nicole Davis, 12, of LeChee, Ariz., passed away on Wednesday, May 18, 2011 in Cardon Children Hospital in Mesa. She was the daughter of Wesley and Leann Davis, younger sister to Darrian Davis and older sister to Brycen Lister and Wyatt Davis.

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Ruby Begay Chee

Ruby Begay Chee, 93, a great lady who was beloved by many, died April 27 at a Flagstaff hospital after a brief illness. She was born Feb. 28, 1918 at Grey Mountain, the daughter of Kenebah At'sidi and Luke Jensen. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. today (Monday, May 2, 2011) at the Norvel Owens Mortuary with interment to follow at Citizen's Cemetery.

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Joseph Daniels Jr.

Joseph "Joe" Daniels Jr., 84 formerly of Macomb, died in his St. Louis, Mo. residence on April 11. Joe had a keen interest in the plight of the American Indian and took his first teaching job on the Hopi Indian Reservation in Arizona. Graveside services will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Monday April 18 at Oakwood Cemetery with full military rites conducted by the Macomb American Legion and VFW.

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Marvin L. Beeson

Our Sincerest Thank YouIt has been a month since Marvin Lee Beeson, a loving son, brother, father, uncle, nephew and friend went on to be with the Lord. We miss him greatly as we look around, do things and travel to familiar places; a flood of memories fill our hearts and the tears begin to flow. Marvin will always remain in our hearts and eventually our tears of sorrow will turn into happy tears filled with all the good and happy memories we shared.

Goy Begay

Funeral services for Goy Begay, 90, will be held Friday, April 8 at 11 a.m. DST at Hard Rock Community Church. Interment will follow at Hard Rock Community Cemetery. Begay was born in Big Mountain on June 12, 1920 and entered into rest on April 3, 2011 in Winslow.

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Timothy R. Bitsui-Lee

Timothy R. Bitsui-Lee passed away March 22. He was born August 1, 1988 in Tuba City and raised in Flagstaff. He graduated in 2006 from Flagstaff High School. Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 25 at Christ's Church of Flagstaff, 3475 East Soliere Avenue.

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Rev. John Douglas Nelson

The Rev. John Douglas Nelson answered his Lord's call to return to his Heavenly Home in the early morning hours of Monday, March 7, 2011 at the Tall Pines Nursing Center in Show Low, Ariz. He was 86-years-old.

Buck Little Singer

Buck Little Singer left this world to return to the Great Spirit, our Creator, on Friday, Feb 25, 2011. He was born June 8, 1991 in Flagstaff to Monty A. Singer and Pattie Whitehat Singer. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, March 1 at 10 a.m. at Norvel Owens Mortuary. Burial will follow at the Flagstaff Calvary Cemetery.

Marvin Lee Beeson

Funeral services for Marvin Lee Beeson, 49, will be held Saturday, Feb. 26 at 11:00 a.m. at the Sunlight Community Church in Second Mesa. Pastor Scott Wight will officiate and interment will follow at Sunlight Community Cemetery.

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Lee Earl

Lee Earl, born Feb 22, 1943 in Oakland, Calif. passed away on Feb. 13, 2011 in Flagstaff. Visitation and funeral services were held Tuesday, Feb. 22 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Winslow. Graveside services were at the R.V. Mike Ramsey Cemetery in Snowflake.

Annie B. Red

Annie B. Red was born March 6, 1943, to the late Willie Hollins Sr. and Mary Brumfield of Many, La. The sun set one final time for her on Feb. 12, 2011, at her home in Winslow. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 26 at Zion Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Desert View Cemetery in Winslow.

Laura Price

Funeral services for Laura Price, 91 were held Monday, Feb. 14, 2011 at the Leupp Presbyterian Church. Interment followed at Whitegrass Family Plot in Tolani Lake. Laura was born in Tolani Lake on May 15, 1919 and entered into rest in Winslow on Feb. 11, 2011.

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Hilda H. Smith

Funeral services for Hilda H. Smith, 90, will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 11 at the St. Pius X Catholic Church (2257 E Cedar Ave.) in Flagstaff. Viewing will be at 9 a.m. Reverend Patrick Mowrer will officiate. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery with a reception at St. Pius Catholic Hall. A rosary will be recited at Norvel Owens Mortuary in Flagstaff on Thursday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. with a viewing from 6:30 to 7 p.m.

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Ruth Westover Palmer

Ruth Westover Palmer passed away Friday, Jan. 28, 2011. Ruth was born on Jan. 3, 1919 to John Lycurgus Westover and Maren Adele Bushman in Joseph City. Ruth's ancestry helped establish communities along the Little Colorado River in northern Arizona in the late 1800s. Ruth spent her life serving her family, her friends, and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - these were the focus of her life.

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Idella L. George

Idella L. George, 95, died Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010. She was born Dec. 21, 1914 in Kykotsmovi to Herbert and Bessie (Kewanyounim) Saknumptewa. Her maternal clan is the Fire Clan and her paternal clan is the Water Clan. Idella was a Hopi wicker plaque maker, a seamstress and homemaker. She loved working in the field and planting native food.

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In memorium: Loretta Drake Johnson

It was only one year ago when we received that phone call.I wonder daily, was that the dayWhen God put his hands on your shoulderAnd whispered in your ear, "Come with me."

Melvin A. George (Lomayesva)

Melvin A. George (Lomayesva) Jr., 43, of Winslow, also known as Jinjoe, went to be with our Heavenly Father on Friday, Sept. 24, 2010. He graduated from Winslow High School in 1985 and was employed as a transport driver for AAA Medix.

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Nina Hutchinson Smith

Nina Hutchison Smith, 89, of Albuquerque, N.M., passed away, Wednesday, Aug 25, 2010. She was born Aug. 20, 1921 in Durant, Miss. She was predeceased by her husband, Richard Butler Smith, Th.D. She is survived by her children, Peggy Collins (Don), Carol Ambrose (Roy), Richard Smith (Patti), Wayne Smith (Jannan) and Warren Smith; niece, Bobbie Horn; nephew, Redmond Hutchison; and 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

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Dr. Scott Franklin

Our father, grandfather and husband, Dr. Scott Franklin, 90, of Flagstaff passed from this life on Friday, Aug. 6, 2010 at Flagstaff Medical Center. He was laid to rest on Saturday, Aug. 14, 2010. His maternal clan is the Towering House Clan and his paternal clan is the Salt Clan. He was a respected minister to the Navajo people for many years.

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Glorianna Jenkins

Glorianna Marie Jenkins, 24, of Kykotsmovi, was called home to heaven on Friday, Aug. 6, 2010. She was born on May 30, 1986 in Glendale. She was a great mother, daughter, sister, niece and friend. She loved to laugh, bake and cook, listen to music and loved her sons dearly. Glorianna will always be with us wherever we are.

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Obituary: Franklin Kahn

Native community loses beloved elder

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.- Family and friends of Franklin Kahn joined to honor the life of a man who spent his life promoting education and Native culture among youth and people of all nationalities following his passing on April 6.

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Obituary: Larry Yellowman

Larry Yellowman, age 47, died in Tuba City on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010. He was born May 6, 1962 in Cedar Ridge. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010 at Hidden Springs Church in Hidden Springs. Larry was laid to rest beside his grandmother overlooking the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.

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Obituary: Juanita Beatrice Sheayea

Juanita Beatrice Sheayea, 41, of Gray Mountain. Passed away on Sept. 9, 2009 in Tucson. She was born July 24, 1968 in Tuba City into the Kinya'aanii Clan (Towering House People) born for Mescalero Apache. At the time of her passing, she was living in Tucson with her three children and her father, George.