Walking On as listed in the January 2019 NFIC

Arizona, Fort Defiance – Funeral service for Sonyia Theresa Gray was held Dec. 12, 2018 at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament in Fort Defiance. Sonyia was born Apr. 4, 1991 in Gallup, NM. Sonyia passed away Nov. 22, 2018 in Phoenix. A Celebration of Life was held at the St. Dominic Hall in Fort Defiance.

Sonyia is survived by her parents, Duane and Theresa Tsosie. (Navajo Times, December 6, 2018)


Arizona, Fort Defiance – Funeral services for Melissa Ann Scott, 40, of Coalmine, NM were held Dec. 7, 2018 at the Good Sheppard Mission in Fort Defiance. Burial followed in Fort Defiance. Melissa was born Oct. 23, 1978 in Fort Defiance, into the Tachii’nii (Red Running Into the Water People Clan), born for Todich’ii’nii (Bitter Water Clan). Melissa passed away Dec. 3, 2018 in Coalmine.

Melissa is survived by her sons, Byron B. and Bryan Scott; mother, Louise Shirley; brothers, Darrell A., Jarrell Shirley and Mike Scott; sisters, Elouise Whitney, Elvera Saganey and Patricia Scott; and two grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her father, Alfred Shirley; brother, Michael Scott; aunt, Anita Scott; uncle, Oscar Scott; grandmother, Alice Scott; and grandfather, George Etsitty.

Melissa attended Dine College and received an associate’s degree in business administration. (Navajo Times, December 6, 2018)


Arizona, Tuba City – Funeral services for Lawrence Williams, 59, were held Dec. 8, 2018 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Tuba City. Interment followed at the Tuba City cemetery. Lawrence was born Oct. 17, 1959, in Monument Valley, UT., into the Ye’ii Tachii’nii dine’e (Giant People Clan), bprm for Biih bitoodnii (Deer Spring Clan). Lawrence passed away Dec. 3, 2018, at his home in Cameron, AZ.

Lawrence is survived by his daughters, Kimberly Upshaw and Lisa Marie Williams; sons, Lance, Lariat, and Robertson Williams; sisters, Linda Williams, Verlene Henry, Maeta Beck, Tinna H. Willie, Caroline Simpson, Alma J. Sutherland, June M. Wauneka, Velma Perez, and Audrey Payton. He is preceded in death by his mother, Evelyn Crank Huskon; father, Jerry Williams; and brother, Alex Williams.

Lawrence attended Utah Technical College studying to become an electrication. He worked as a rancher, worked in the uranium mines and became well known for making bows and arrows. (Navajo Times, December 13, 2018)


Colorado, Cortez – Funeral services for Elijah Blair, 90, were held at a later date in Page. Elijah was born Nov. 28, 1927 in McRoberts, KY. Elijah passed away Nov. 23, 2018 at Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George, UT.

Elijah is survived by his son, James Caler Blair (Sandy); daughters, Kathy Ann Blair (Robert Ingeholm), and Vonda Garland (Bill); and six grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, James Lee and Maggie (Ison) Blair; wife, Claudia Nell (Caler) Blair; infant daughter, Sandra K. Blair; and siblings, Denver, Raymond, Bradley, Serena Blair, Hazel Tolliver, Pauline Forrester and Marian Morrison. (Navajo Times, December 6, 2018)


Minnesota, Red Lake – A traditional wake for Vernon Andrew John May,”Giiwedinowinini” (Northern Man), Migizii (Eagle Clan), 34, began Dec. 4, 2018 and continued until the service Dec. 6, 2018 at the Little Rock Center in Red Lake, MN. Vernon was born Aug. 9, 1984 in Red Lake, MN., to Valerie May and Vernon Jones. Vernon passed away Nov. 28, 2018 in Bemidji, MN.

Vernon is survived by his parents; seven children, Andrew, Tatum, Tessa, Vernon Jr, Tahzia and Curtis; sisters, Sarah May and Roseanne Heinonen; brothers, Jacob and Rick May; and numerous nieces and nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Sally E. Neadeau and Arnold G. May; aunt, Gail May; brother, Curtis Heinonen; nephew, Jason Timbear May; cousins, Timothy Geionety, Sally May-O’Keefe, Larry Smallwood, Delton Buckanaga and Jeff Bellcourt.

Vernon was a jack of all trades. (The Red Lake Nation, December 2, 2018)


Minnesota, Red Lake – A wake for Eileen Rochelle Mendoza, 67, began Dec. 10, 2018 and continue until her funeral service Dec. 12, 2018 at the Red Lake Community Center in Red Lake, MN. Interment was at the Episcopal Cemetery in Red Lake, MN. Eileen was born May 10, 1951 in Red Lake, MN., to Chester and Mamie (Gurneau) Morrison. Eileen passed away Dec. 5, 2018 at the Hennepin County Medical Center.

Eileen is survived by her son, Edwin Lone; daughters, Trina Fairbanks and Nikki Garcia; eight grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; sisters, Rhonda Morrison, Diane Graves and Marlys Morrison; many other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Gary, Greg, and Joseph Morrison; sister, June “Tiny’ May; grandson, Trey Fairbanks; nephews; and other relatives and friends. (The Red Lake Nation, December 2, 2018)


New Mexico, Gallup – Funeral services for Derryl Anthony Owens, 71, were held Dec. 18, 2018 at Rollie Mortuary in Gallup. Interment followed at the Sunset Memorial Park in Gallup. Derryl was born Dec. 28, 1946 in Los Angeles, CA. He passed away Dec. 11, 2018 in Brimhall, NM.

Derryl is survived by his wife, Lucy M. Owens; brother, Mark Churchill; children, Bruce Morgan, Victor, Tremayne, Phoebe, Lucinda, and Earlene Hicks; 17 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his mother, Lily Churchill and father, Eddie Owens.

Derryl worked at Gurley Motor Company for 39 years. (Navajo Times, December 2, 2018)


New Mexico, Gallup – Funeral services for Nancy Eskeets, 80, were held Dec. 20, 2018 at Rollie Mortuary in Gallup. Burial followed at the family plot in Mariano Lake, NM. Nancy was born Aug. 8, 1938, in Mariano Lake, into the Biih bitoodnii (Deer Spring Clan), born for Deeshchii’nii (Start of the Red Streak People Clan). Her nali is Ts’ah yisk’idnii (Sage Brush Hill); chei is Ashiihi (Salt People). Nancy passed away Dec. 16, 2018, in Grants, NM.

Nancy is survived by her sons, Timmy Dehiya, Darrell and Harold Eskeets; sister, Rose Ann Shirley; and brother, Stanley Dehiya. She is preceded in death by her parents, Angie and Frank Dehiya. (Navajo Times, December 2, 2018)


New Mexico, Gallup – Funeral services for Ann Shirley Tso, 82, of Gallup were held Dec. 8 2018 at the First Baptist Church in Gallup. Burial followed in Grand Junction, CO. Ann was born July 15, 1936, in Rehoboth, NM., into the Kiyaa’aanii (Towering House Clan), born for Todich’ii’nii (Bitter Water Clan). Ann passed away Nov. 5, 2018 in Gallup.

Ann is survived by her brother, Eddie Tsosie; sister, Jean Tso. She is preceded in death by her parents, Juanita and Mike Tso; brothers, Norman and Calvin Tso.

Ann attended Intermountain Bible College and Los Angeles City College. She worked for Peabody Energy and as a secretary in Los Angeles. (Navajo Times, December 6, 2018)


Washington, Yakama – Funeral service for Debbie Rae Baldwin, 63, were held Dec. 22, 2018 in the Valley Hills Funeral Home in Wapato, WA. Burial followed at the Reservation Community Memorial Park, Wapato, WA. Debbie was born Apr. 15, 1955 in Toppenish, WA., to Arlen Ramos and Ledenies “Mary” (Whalawitsa) Moses. Debbie passed away Dec. 12, 2018.

Debbie is survived by her parents; husband, Randy Baldwin; children, Jackie McLavey (Sterling) McLavey; grandchildren, Kayla (Briana) Deane, Nacona (Lewis) Fraser, Zoe and Dessa McLavey, and Danner and Jessie Deane; three great-grandchildren, Bryson Harnden, Forest and Hadley Fraser; and numerous other family members. She is preceded in death by her first husband, Gary McLavey; grandmothers, Kate Whalawitsa and Martha Moses; grandson, Stowse Lee Deane, and family members, Clarence, Ed, Jakie and Johnny Whalawitsa.

Debbie was a enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation. She worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Washington, Cannon Air Force Base in New Mexico and Shepard Air Force Base in Texas. (Yakama Nation Review, December 19, 2018)


Washington, Toppenish – Funeral services for Victor L. Kahama, 84, of Toppenish were held Dec. 17, 2018 in White Swan Community Center. Burial followed in the Reservation Community Memorial Park, Wapato, WA. Victor was born Aug. 7 1934, in Tocoma, WA., to Ernest and Agnes (Bill) Kahama. Victor passed away Dec. 12, 2018 in Toppenish, WA.

Victor is survived by his sister, Maxine Kahama Hamilton; numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded by his parents; and three siblings.

Victor was an enrolled member of the Yakama Nation. He served in the U.S. Navy. He worked as a carpenter and caregiver. He was a member of the Yakama Warriors Association. (Yakama Nation Review, December 19, 2018)


Wisconsin, Hayward - Tribal Funeral Rites for Anthony W. Woller, Waha Nuup, “Two Crow”, 30, of Hayward, WI were held Dec. 12, 2018 at Pineview Funeral Service in Hayward. Burial was in Round Lake Cemetery. Anthony passed away Dec. 10, 2018 at his home. Anthony William Woller was born May 19, 1988 in Hayward, WI to Robert Blackdeer and Shelley (Woller) Gerich.

He is survived by mother, Shelley (Duane) Gerich; father, Robert Blackdeer Sr.; grandparents, Joseph & Janice Goldman, and Letha Ellis; brothers, Robert Blackdeer Jr., Johnathan Blackdeer, Cody Gerich, Ryan Gerich; sisters, Heather Peterson, Angelina Blackdeer, Cara Jean Isham; uncles, aunts and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.Anthony was preceded in death by grandfather, Dudley LaRonge.

During Anthony’s younger years he loved to play hockey, as a goalie and was known as “Brick”. During his teen years, Anthony discovered his true passion when he began to Drum with the Boys and Girls Club drum group, Grindstone Creek. RJ Smith introduced him to the Pow Wow Circuit.


Wisconsin, Hayward - A Memorial Mass for Mark D. Guibord Sr., age 59, of LCO was held Jan. 4, 2019 at St. Francis Solanus Indian Mission in Reserve. Mark D. Guibord, 59, of LCO. Mark passed away Dec. 25, 2018 at Maple Ridge Care Center in Spooner, WI. Mark was born Mar. 15, 1959 in Hayward, WI to Norma Guibord.

Mark is survived by his son, Mark Guibord Jr.; daughter, Belinda Guibord; six grandchildren; brothers, Eugene (Corrina) Guibord, Scott (Melody) Guibord, Michael (Shelly) Guibord; sisters, LuAnn (Ernie) Kolumbus & Wanda (Bert) LaBarge; and many nephews & nieces. He is preceded in death by his mother, Norma Guibord; son, Logan Guibord; and brother, Kevin Guibord.


Wisconsin, Hayward - Funeral Service for Stuart Blaine Miller, 63, were held Jan. 10, 2019 at Pineview Funeral Service in Hayward. Military Honors will be accorded by LCO AmVets Post #1998. Stuart was born Jan. 25, 1955 in Hayward, WI to George and Audrey (Gokey) Miller. Stuart B. Miller of LCO passed away Jan. 6, 2019 at his home.

Stuart is survived by his daughter, Raeanna (Kevin) Saltz; grandson, Kevin Saltz Jr; granddaughter, Michelle Saltz; brother, Troy Burchfield; sisters, Karen Ackley, Margaret (LaVern) Miller-Timp, Kelli Fowler, Darlene Fowler; and many nephews & nieces. He is preceded in death by his three infant sons, Stuart, Anthony & George Miller; parents; brothers, Gary Miller, Dave Miller, Gene Burchfield; sisters, Gloria Miller & Andrea Sparks.

He joined the United States Marines in 1974 as an aircraft & engine mechanic. After his military service he worked for LCO Development as a truck driver.


Wisconsin, Hayward - Mass of Christian Burial for Gary Michael Gougé, age 59, of Whitefish, WI was held Jan. 11, 2019 at St. Francis Solanus Indian Mission in Reserve. Burial followed in St. Francis Cemetery. Gary was born June 30, 1959 in Hayward, WI to Elmer “Tiny” and Martina (Frogg) Gougé. Gary passed away Jan. 5, 1919 at home.

Gary is survived by his mother; son, Jonathan Gougé; daughters, Bambi Cross, Debra Jack, Tara Gougé & Journie Gougé; and six grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his father: grandparents, George & Hattie Gougé, and Rachael Wade and James Frogg.

Gary was employed at LCO and Winter Grocery Stores as a meat cutter. Gary then worked for LCO Housing for over 20 years.


 
 
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