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Obituary: Lilly Mae Claw

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.

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Obituary: Arline Booth Hobson

Arline Hobson, a lifelong Quaker, enveloped in the bosom of a large and extended family and networks of friends, died Dec. 20, 2009, ending a long and remarkable life of service. She was born Jan. 16, 1918 and after 40 years she had moved from Tucson to Tempe in 2002. A memorial service will be held in the manner of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) at Tempe Friends Meeting House, 318 E. 15th St, Tempe, AZ on Jan. 16 at 1 p.m.

Amanda Renae Wilcox

Amanda Renae Wilcox, of Winslow, passed away Sunday, Dec. 27, 2009 in Winslow. Amanda was born Nov. 15, 1986 in Topeka, Kan. to Toni (Wilcox) Villanueva and Pilar Gonzales III. She is of the Todichiinii (Bitterwater) Clan born for Nakai Dine'e (Mexican) Clan; her maternal grandfather was of the Winter Clan from Ohkay Owingeh (San Jaun) Pueblo in New Mexico and her paternal grandfather is Nakai Dine'e (Mexican) Clan.

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Michael Homer Blatchford

Michael Homer Blatchford, 51, of Tuba City passed away Nov. 28. Mike devoted his life to helping others with his work as co-founder and executive director of ASSIST! to Independence, a non-profit Native American owned and operated independent living center.

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Loretta Drake Johnson

Funeral services for Loretta Drake-Johnson were held Oct. 24, 2009 in Flagstaff. Burial followed at the Citizens Cemetery. Loretta left to be with the Lord and with her husband Manuel Johnson on Oct. 20, 2009. She is the daughter of Helen Drake of Tuba City and the late Harold Drake Sr. of Navajo Mountain, Utah.

Cpl. Leon L. Boone

Thank You to EMT, law enforcement, fire department, TCRHCC physicians, Valley Ridge Mortuary, LDS Church, Honor Guards of Flagstaff, Arizona and the "One Nine Marines (Semper Fi)" and friends, relatives who signed in during the funeral services on behalf of my husband.

Andy Rickey

Funeral services for Andy Rickey were held Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009 at Polacca First Baptist Church. Interment followed at the family plot in Keams Canyon.

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Rita C. Alexander Hodgins

Rita C. Alexander Hodgins passed away on Oct. 1 after courageously facing pancreatic cancer. She is survived by her devoted husband and best friend L. Bruce Hodgins of Flagstaff, father in law Wellesley Hodgins of Farmington, N.M., daughter and son in law Holly Ann and Dan Walker of Glendale, sister and brother in law Alexa and Brad Hokanson of Fallbrook, Calif. and twin grandchildren Noël and Alexander Walker of Glendale.

Arlis Oliver Sloan

Specialist Arlis Oliver Sloan, 43, died at Flagstaff Medical Center on Monday, Sept. 21. He proudly served in the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne and 10th Mountain Division in Fort Benning, Ga. between 1984 and 1994. He served in Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm and was honorably discharged in 1994.

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Joe Lee Benally

Joe Lee Benally, of Tolani Lake, died on Friday, July 24, 2009, in Flagstaff. He was 64. Benally was born on May 25, 1945 in Tolani Lake. His maternal clan is Towering House and his paternal clan is Red-Bottom People.

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Victor Gilbert Brahmer

Victor Gilbert Brahmer, 82, of Lakeside, died July 22 at his home, surrounded by his family. He was the beloved spouse for over 50 years of the late Virginia Klemm Brahmer.

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Billy Reese Kee

Billy Reese Kee was born and raised in Pinon, Ariz. by a traditional elderly couple he called his grandparents. He was Red House clan, born for Strands Out Banana. He is preceded in death by his parents Ruth and Fred Kee and his son Christopher Kee.

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Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals director passes away

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Calbert Seciwa, director of the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) at Northern Arizona University, passed away at home in Zuni on Monday after a lengthy illness. Seciwa was raised in Zuni and was a member of the Badger Clan and child of the Eagle Clan.

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Frances Loring Stevens Dowdle

Frances Loring Stevens Dowdle died at home under the care of her family on Thursday, July 9, 2009. She was born on Aug. 1, 1916 in Cushing, Okla. to George T. and H. Christine Stevens. She and her family moved to Payson in 1919 and then to Winslow in 1923.

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Helen Nesbah Tsinnie

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).

Jesse Dwayne Atwell

Dwayne Atwell was an educator, an inventor, a herpetologist, writer, photographer, and, most importantly, a man of integrity. He passionately loved his country, venomous snakes, and his wife of 31 years, Cheryl.

Wallace D. Davis

Davis served as Council delegate from 1979-1987, 1992-2002

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. - The Honorable Speaker Lawrence T. Morgan sent his condolences to the family of former Navajo Nation Council Delegate Wallace D. Davis on behalf of the Navajo Nation. Davis passed away on June 15, 2009 at the age of 69 in Zuni Pueblo. He was born Feb. 6, 1940, in Burnham, N.M. into the Nóóda'i Dine'é clan (Ute People) and born for the Tódích'íi'nii clan (Bitter Water People).

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Ruth Ann McCombs

Funeral services for Ruth Ann McCombs, 58, were held on Friday, April 24, 2009 in Chinle. A private burial followed at John Brown Jr's residence in Crystal, N.M. Ruth Ann died Saturday, April 18, 2009 in Phoenix, Ariz. She was born Sept. 10, 1950 in Rehoboth, N.M. into the Tangle Clan for the Coyote Pass Clan.

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Brian James "BJ" Store

Funeral services for Brian James "BJ" Store, 33, were held Wednesday, March 18, 2009 at the Leupp Presbyterian Church. Burial followed at the Old Leupp Cemetery. Store died Friday, March 13, 2009.

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Remembrance: Timothy L. Yazzie

Timothy Yazzie worked for NTUA for four years. He was the second oldest of six children to I Lene Yazzie. He has two daughters Mateja C. Yazzie, 12, and Tameka N. Yazzie, 5.

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David Henry Golightly

David Henry Golightly, 55, of Holbrook, formerly of Flagstaff, died Friday, Feb. 20, 2009. Mr. Golightly was born on March 6, 1953, in Phoenix. He made his professional career in sales. He owned and operated Union Oil Service Station in Flagstaff. He then moved to Tuba City for 17 years and worked as general manager for Davis Chevrolet.

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Remembrance: Kenneth Silas Lee

It's been a year since the good Lord has called upon you. And although I miss you very much, I truly understand and just want to say I still love you with all my heart. There has not been a day that has gone by that I don't think of you. Songs, movies, paintings, sayings and just little things remind me of you everyday.

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Mary E. Dodge Hodgkins

The family of Mary Dodge Hodgins reports that Mary passed away in Farmington, N.M. on Sunday, June 22, 2008. She is survived by her husband, Wellesley Hodgins, along with two sons and their wives, L. Bruce Hodgins and Rita Alexander Hodgins of Flagstaff and David J. Hodgins and Olivia Still Hodgins of Farmington, N.M.

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OBITUARY: John B. Harrison

John B. Harrison Jr., 53, of the Deerwater clan, born for the Tangle People Clan in Bird Springs passed away May 20 in Phoenix. He was born on Sept. 21, 1954 to parents John B. and Hope Harrison. He is survived by his children Freeman, Athena, and Christopher Harrison; three grandchildren; and his longtime companion Carol John.

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Speaker Morgan acknowledges passing of Christine Apache

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. - The Honorable Speaker Lawrence T. Morgan sent his condolences to the family of former Navajo Nation Councilwoman Christine Apache who passed away on May 5. Apache served as the Alamo council delegate from 1999 to 2003 under the leadership of the former Speaker Edward T. Begay. During her tenure, Apache served as a member of the Education Committee.