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Vivian J. Tapahe
Sept. 14 1944 - Nov. 30 2017

Vivian Tapahe
WRHS Class of 1963

Vivian J. Tapahe FORT DEFIANCE — Funeral services for Vivian “Kitty” Tapahe, 73, from Fort Defiance, Arizona, will be held on Friday, Dec. 1, at 10 a.m. at
Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Fort Defiance. A rosary service will be held at 9 a.m. before the funeral service begins.

The burial will be held after the funeral service concludes and interment will be at the family plot in Old Coal Mine, New Mexico.

Vivian was born Sept. 14, 1944, in Toadlena, New Mexico, into the Táchii’nii (Red Running Into the Water People Clan), born for Kin Lichíi’nii (Red House Clan).
She passed away Nov. 23, 2017.

Vivian was a valuable asset to every office she worked with – the Navajo Tribal Chairman’s office in the 1970s and 80s, DNA Legal Services, Navajo Nation WIC,
and P&M Coal Mine.

After she retired from P&M Coal Mine, she went back to work for the Good Shepherd Mission and later at Hunters Point Boarding School. She received an
associate’s degree from the University of New Mexico.

In addition to her own children, Vivian was “mom” to so many others. She found ways to help everywhere she could. Vivian taught quilting classes, helped at the senior centers
and did much more for her family, friends and community.

Vivian is survived by her brother, Loren Tapahe; sister, Emolind Tapahe; children, Emerson (Karen), Eugene (Sharon), Emery, and Evonne; her niece, Lauralene Tapahe,
who she helped raise; and grandchildren, Deone, Dwayne, Tyler, Dexter, Erin, Carter, Sydney, Dion, Chloe, Eriona, Cara, Ethan, Seth, Cayden, Elaina and Evan.

Vivian is preceded in death by her parents, Susie and Thomas Tapahe; brothers, Tommy Tapahe, Melton Tapahe and Murvyn Tapahe; and sisters, Imogene Tapahe
and Charlene Tapahe Herrera.

Pallbearers will be Loren Tapahe, Emerson Tapahe, Eugene Tapahe, Emery Tapahe, Dwayne Tapahe, Tyler Newell, Dexter Tapahe, Ethan Tapahe, and Seth Tapahe.
Honorary pallbearers will be Peterson Zah, Edward Richards, Jeff Begay and James Manuelito.

A reception will be held at the St. Dominic’s Hall in Fort Defiance after the burial. All are invited to attend and celebrate Vivian’s life.
Silver Creek Mortuary is in charge of the funeral arrangements.

As Posted in the Navajo Times - November 30, 2017



Vivian Tapahe, Window Rock High School Class of 1963, passed away November 23, 2017 while visiting her children in Provo, Utah.

Funeral services for Vivian “Kitty” Tapahe, 73, from Fort Defiance, Arizona, will be held on December 1 at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church
in Fort Defiance, Arizona. A Rosary service will be at 9 a.m before the funeral services. The burial will be after the services at the family plot in Old Coal Mine, New Mexico.

A reception will be held at Saint Dominic Hall in Fort Defiance after the burial.

A page has been created for those who wish to make a donation to the cost of transportation and funeral expenses.

Vivian is survived by her brother, Loren Tapahe; sister, Emolind Tapahe; children, Emerson, Eugene, Emery, and Evonne;
and grandchildren, Dwayne, Dexter, Erin, Dion, Eriona, Ethan, Elaina, Evan, Sydney, and Seth.
Vivian is preceded in death by her parents, Susie and Thomas Tapahe; brothers, Tommy Tapahe, Melton Tapahe, and Murvyn Tapahe; and sisters, Imogene Tapahe and
Charlene Tapahe Herrera.

All are invited to celebrate Vivian's life.

Thank you,


William "Willie" Morgan
September 24, 1945 - Sept 28, 2017

William "Willie" Morgan
WRHS Class of 1964

Funeral services for William Morgan Jr., will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct 4, 2017 at Rollie Mortuary in Gallup. The Rev. Dennis Gardner will officiate. Burial will be in
Sunset Memorial Park.

Morgan died on Sept. 28, 2017, in Fort Defiance. He was born Sept 24, 1945 in Fort Defiance, into the Zuni Water Edge Clan born for the Black Streak Forest Clan.

Morgan graduated from Window Rock High School in 1964, He attended Arizona State University and earned a Bachelor of Science in Administration. Morgan also earned
his master's in business administration from Stanford University. He was a second lieutenant in the United States Army and honorably discharged in 1969. Morgan was employed
with the Navajo Nation and Indian Health Service.

Survivors include his wife Evelyn "Dusty" Morgan; sons Jason Morgan, Jeffery Morgan, Jon-Davis Morgan and Terrell Bia; daughters Janice Morgan, Jaclyn Young, Jayme Morgan,
Jessie-Kay Morgan
and Jonell Bahe; brothers Wilbert Morgan, Anthony Morgan, Russell Morgan and Cliford Morgan; sisters Maxine Morgan, Cynthia Morgan and Delphine Kewanwytewa;
14 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents William Morgan Sr. and Desbah Morgan; brother Stanley Morgan; and grandparents
Joe Morgan and Baah Morgan.

Pallbearers will be Jason Morgan, Jeffery Morgan, Jon-Davis Morgan, Jeremy Morgan, Dwwayne Tsinnijinnie and Jimmy R. Kee Jr.

The Family will receive relatives and friends after services at Rock Springs Chapter House.

Rollie Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

As Posted in the Gallup Daily Independent - October 3, 2017

William Morgan, Class of 1964, passed away on Friday due to a heart attack.  He was reportedly at work at the time of the attack and could not be revived.
Services are tentatively scheduled for Wednesday in Gallup.

On a personal note, Willie, and Frank LaFave who passed away in 2016, were roommates at ASU for all four years of college.


Alys LaFollette
WRHS Parent

My Mother, Gertrude  Alys LaFollette passing away on Sunday, July 23 in Albuquerque, New Mexico at the young age if 97.5 years old. Memorial Services are in August 28 at 11:00 am
at Daniels Funeral Home, 7601 Wyoming Blvd NE, Albuquerque. Dad is still living at 91.5 years old in Albuquerque.

Thank you for sharing. We lived 19+ years in Window Rock.


Suzanne ( Suzy ) LaFollette-Black
WRHS Class of 1971

Prayer Request for the Bennett Family

Beverly - Laura - Terry

Laura Bennett
WRHS Parent & Former Booster Club Member

Requesting prayers from the Greater WRHS Family for Laura Bennett, mother to Beverly and Terry.   Laura is in rehab at the Presbyterian Rust Medical Center, Event · Rio Rancho, NM,
after suffering a stroke earlier this month. The Bennett Family has a long hard road ahead of them as Laura recovers so your prayers would be much appreciated.


Front Row: Josiah Norris, Elijah Norris, John Bennett, Laura Rose Norris
Back Row:  Daniel Norris, Traci Norris, Mrs. Laura Bennett, Terry Bennett Kim Calnimptewa, Thadeus Christian Bennett.


Wade Montgomery
November 30, 1953 -
April 30, 2017 

Wade Montgomery
WRHS Class of 1971

When I placed a rattlesnake rattle in the family fiddle my father Wade gave me, he warned me the dust could blind me, saying "the things we hold that are magic are also often tragic." These few words sum much of his, and each human's, life experience on this plain. In Wade Montgomery's words, he was a modern day gypsy cowboy in this magic tragedy. Wade was a deeply spiritual man with a brilliant mind and unique way of interpreting the world, painting it as he wanted to see and polishing it in song and melody.

His life began on November 30, 1953 in Valentine, Nebraska, near where his parents were living on the Rosebud Reservation. Wade's father held a dedicated career as a Bureau of Indian Affairs Agent. Because of which, Wade spent all his formative years on several reservations with our nation's native people, including the Brule Lakota, Mandan, Oglala, and Navajo.

Wade graduated from Window Rock High School in 1971, holding a record for high jump at 6"6'. Following graduation, he attended Dallas Christian University on a full athletic scholarship. He left his schooling to marry and start a family with his true love Nora Lee, whom he met while working on a ranch in Central Montana in high school.

Wade and Nora lived together in Flagstaff, Arizona raising their children, Tucker, Krystal, and Melody. This time was filled with song, stories, nature walks, visits to the cinder lakes, camping, basketball, and riding horses. Wade worked as a carpenter, while still writing songs and singing them to his wife and children. Later in life, singing and songwriting became his full profession and calling. When drawing on Wade's primary qualities, he is described as an amazing athlete and treasured for his sense humor, musical talent, loyalty, poeticism, and vision.

Wade joined his dearly departed wife and son on April 30, 2017. He left this world with his two daughters holding his hands, praying with him and playing his son's music for him. Wade was an extremely strong man, standing 6'5" in his prime, but his body was unable overcome a sudden and severe blood injury. Wade will be dearly missed by all who loved and met him and the countless others who were touched by his original music that will continue to bring comfort in years to come. He is survived in death by his daughters Krystal Montgomery Brian and Melody Montgomery, newborn grandson Gram Montgomery, mother Betty, sister Wanda Jury Carlos, brother Ryan Montgomery, and numerous nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and kindred spirits. A memorial service for Wade will be held in Three Forks, MT, at the Rodeo Ground's Pavilion at 1 pm in Saturday May 6th. A subsequent music tribute will be held May 21st at the Kountry Korner Kafe in Four Corners, Montana. His family welcomes you to join them to celebrate his life and mourn his passing. 

Wanda Montgomery-Jury
WRHS Class of 1969


Brenda Morgan-Crooks
February 6th, 1939 - March 4, 2017

Brenda Morgan-Crooks
Friend of WRHS & St. Michaels

Brenda Morgan-Crooks of San Diego, formally of Window Rock, AZ passed away Saturday, March 4, 2017, with family at her side. There will be a memorial service in San Diego:

  • Saturday, March 25, 1:00 pm.

  • First United Methodist Church
    2111 Camino Del Rio S.
    San Diego, CA 92108

  • In the Sanctuary

  • Reception in the Lounge following the service.

The funeral home, Featheringill Mortuary, has set up an online memorial.: . Mom's wish was to be with her father at Ft Defiance Veterans Cemetery.

Although Brenda graduated from Gallup, HS, she had many friends that attended both Window Rock HS and St. Michaels.

Additional information forthcoming when it becomes available.

Frank Crooks



Jill Robertson
December 19, 1954 - November 17, 2016

Jill Robertson
WRHS Class of 197

Jill Robertson, passed away this afternoon, November 17, 2016, in Spokane, WA.   She was surrounded by family.

There will be a Celebration the Life gathering this Saturday, November 19, 2016, 6:00 PM, at Quality Inn - Oakland, 7919 N Division St., Spokane, WA 99208.  Please invite whoever you feel would like to know about or come to remember her. We will be doing a potluck, so please bring whatever you are able to.

The Family of Jill Robertson - November 17, 2016

Some of Jill's Favorite Pictures from FaceBook

L to R Top to Bottom
Joan, Jill, Susan, Jim

Susan and Jill

Jim and Jill

The Three Amigos from Window Rock

Carol McCabe - Susie Nelson - Jill Robertson

My sincere condolences to the family of Jill Robertson.  May she now rest in peace eternal and rise in glory.

The Rev. Dorothy Saucedo, Deacon
WRHS Class of 1967


Gladys Anderson
WRHS Parent

Dear Friends and Family, The funeral for my mother, Gladys Anderson, 89, will be held Saturday, November 5, 2016; at the Navajo Bible Church in Ft. Defiance, AZ. Viewing will be at 9 a.m. and the service at 10 a.m. Interment will be at Ft. Defiance cemetery followed by a reception at Navajo Bible Church. Come share and enjoy a celebration of her life with us. Thank you.

Valerie Harrison
WRHS Class of 1976


Walter Seal
August 12, 1948 - October 8, 2016

Walter Seal
WRHS Class of 1966

Funeral services for Walter Chandler Seal, 68, were at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016, at the Presbyterian church in Fort Defiance.  The Rev. James Flores officiated. Burial was in Fort Defiance Veterans Cemetery.  Visitation was at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Oct 26, at the Presbyterian Church.

Seal died Oct. 8, 2016, in Payson, Arizona. He was born Aug. 12, 1948, in Fort Defiance into the Med People Clan. Seal served in the United States Air Force from 1970 - 1976 and was a Vietnam Veteran. He was a science teacher at Window Rock High School. Seal enjoyed photography, reading, teaching, collecting comics, astronomy, researching family history and being outdoors.

Survivors include his brothers Michael L. Seal and Charlie E. Seal. He was presided in death by his parents Marvin L. Seal and Ruth H. Sea; brother Marvin A. Seal; and grandparents Alexander black and Nellie Damon Black.

Pallbearers were Methusela Damon, Timothy Damon, Elijah Damon, Michael Yazzie, Billy Brenner, William Brenner, Robert Brenner and Thomas Doyle.

The family will receive relatives and friends at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct 26, 2016 at the Presbyterian Church.

Silver Creek Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

As Posted in the Gallup Daily Independent


Walter Seal
WRHS Class of 1966

Walter Seal passed away. Funeral services are  set for Thursday October 20, 2016, at the Presbyterian church in Fort Defiance at 10:00 am. Potluck and reception will follow. Additional information will be posted as it's received.

Ron Benally
WRHS Class of 1966


Herbert Hoover Tsosie, Jr.
October 14, 1953 - September 14, 2016

Herbert Hoover Tsosie, Jr.
WRHS Class of 1973

Funeral services for Herbert Hoover Tsosie, JR., 62, will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept, 14, 2016, at Sacred Heart Cathedral. The Rev. Thomas Walsh will officiate. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Park. Visitation will be at 9 a.m. at Sacred Heart Cathedral.

Tsosie dies Sept. 9, 2016 in Albuquerque. He was born Oct. 14, 1953 in Fort Defiance, Arizona, into the Folded Arms People Clad born for the Towering House People Clan.

Tsosie graduated from Window Rock High School in 1973 and attended Arizona Western College in Yuma, Arizona. He played football and ran cross country in high school and enjoyed fishing, camping, traveling and spending time with family and friends. Tsosie was well-known for his sense of humor and distinctive maroon truck.

Survivors include his wife Norma Jean Tsosie; daughters Latisha Reyna and LaVonne Yazzie; father Herbert Hoover Tsosie. SR.: brothers Marvin Tsosie and Farrell Johnson and grandparents Wallace and Katherine Tsosie.

Pallbearers will be Emerson Tsosie, Orville Tsosie, Pierre Tsosie, Pierson Tsosie, James Paul Leslie, Eugene Leslie, Leighton James and Ivan Begay.

As Posted in the Gallup Daily Independent.



Johnny "Neut" Donaldson
February 23, 1948 - September 3, 2016

Johnny "Neut" Donaldson
WRHS class of 1966

Funeral services for Johnny “Newt” Donaldson, 68, will be held Saturday, Sept. 17, at 11 a.m. at the Gateway Community Church in Tse Bonito, N.M.

Johnny was born Feb. 23, 1948. He passed away Sept. 3, 2016. Johnny graduated from Window Rock High School and attended Safford Refrigeration School. He served in the Army in Vietnam and was a lifelong businessman. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, golf, roping, and spending time with family.

Johnny is survived by his wife, Connie Donaldson; sons, Shane Donaldson of Tse Bonito, Shawn Donaldson of Farmington, and Josh Donaldson of Chino Valley, Arizona; sister, Deborah Klein; and brother, Jimmy Donaldson.

Johnny is preceded in death by his father, Johnny Donaldson; and mother, Dorothy Uptain. Donations may be sent to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital at 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

As Published in the Navajo Times - September 15, 2016

Johnny "Neut" Donaldson passed away in his sleep. Date unknown. Services are Saturday, Sept. 17, 11:00 am in Tse Bonito near Window Rock at the old Baptist Church by the old Bank of America.

Ron Benally
WRHS Class of 1966



Linda "Dee" Slinkey


Linda "Dee" Slinkey
WRHS Class of 1967

The family is having another donation meeting tonight at the Fort Defiance Chapter House at 6:00 p.m. The family appreciates your presence and support.

The funeral is scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at the Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Fort Defiance, Arizona with viewing at 9:00 a.m.

Burial will be at the Fort Defiance Community Cemetery. The family will receive relatives and friends after the services at the St. Dominic Parish Hall.

Linda was Todichiinii or Bitter Water Clan and born for the One Who Walks Around Clan.

Linda graduated from Window Rock High School in 1967 and was active in basketball and softball.

Linda is survived by two sons, Craig Valdo and Joe Valdo, sister Rita Hernasy, brother Eldon Slinkey, eight grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Thanks again.

Velma Shirley
WRHS Class of 1965


I have just learned that Linda "Dee" Slinkey, Class of 1967, passed away yesterday.  I have no other information at this time.

Evelyn Reed-Herzog
WRHS Class of 1967


Franklin W. LaFave, Jr.
October 27, 1946 - May 13, 2016

In Loving Memory

Frank, Cherokee and Walla Walla, was born October 27, 1946 in Okmulgee, Oklahoma to Jessie and Franklin Wayne LaFave, Sr.  He left us on May 12, 2016 after a second bout with cancer.  He passed peacefully with his family by his side in Mesa, Arizona.

Frank attended Window Rock High School and went on to graduate from Arizona State University with a Business Degree in 1968.  Throughout his career he worked for the Navajo Nation, as the President of American Indian Consultants, and he recently retired as the Chief Financial Officer of the Phoenix Indian Center after 16 years of service.

He was passionate about music and played the trumpet in bands throughout school including the Navajo Nation Band and the Arizona State University Concert Band.  He loved his Sun Devil football and followed college games most weekends.  He enjoyed taking his family on fishing trips and hunting with his son and close friends, though he disliked raccoons. His other interests included aviation, the culinary arts, and traveling.  Hawaii, Las Vegas, and San Francisco were some of his favorite destinations.

Frank is survived by his eternal partner and our mother, Anita, his daughters Noel and Linnea, his son Franklin, his sisters Cheryl and Anne, and his grandchildren Ethan, Elijah, and Sierra.

The LaFave family wishes to extend our sincerest gratitude to Pete Cooper and family for their longtime friendship of 56 years, the Window Rock High School Family, the Phoenix Indian Center, and the doctors and staff who cared for him in his final days.

He will be remembered as the kindest, warmest person you have ever met.  He was very intelligent and knowledgeable about so many things.  He was slightly sarcastic and he loved to laugh!  He had the “gift of the gab” and enjoyed connecting with those around him. We are grateful for the minutes, hours, and years we were blessed with his light and love.  Although he is gone from our sight, he will forever be in our hearts.

A celebration of Frank’s life will be held at 12pm on June 4, 2016 at Dobson’s Restaurant located at the Dobson Ranch Golf Course in Mesa, Arizona.  Light refreshments will be served.

Linnea C. LaFave - Chandler, AZ - 480 241-075

A Celebration of Life

Franklin W. LaFave Jr.
WRHS Class of 1964

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of  Franklin W. LaFave on Friday, May 13, 2016. Frank was a member of the WRHS Reunion Committee for many years and a dear friend to so many Scouts.  Further details to follow. Website Committee

WRHS Reunion 2005

The Greater Window Rock High School Family mourns the passing of Frank LaFave, 1946-2016

Franklin Wayne LaFave, Jr., Cherokee and Walla Walla, was born on October 28, 1946. He passed away on May 13, 2016, following a second bout with cancer.

Frank entered Window Rock Elementary School in the fifth grade and during his school days, participated in many activities and clubs. He was president of the Latin Club, treasurer of the National Honor Society and member of the Science Club. Frank participated in 4-H, the Golf Club and was a member of a local bowling team. He played trumpet in the Marching Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Brass Ensemble and the Navajo Nation Band. He was a talented musician and went on to play in the Arizona State University Concert Band.

Frank graduated from ASU with a Business Degree in 1968 and was an avid Sun Devil sports fan. He recently retired after many years as CFO at the Phoenix Indian Center. He was never one to seek the spotlight but was looked up and greatly admired by his close friends. He was truly the wind beneath our wings.

No other information is available at this time.

Thank you for all the updates you send us.   This one makes me very sad.   I loved Frankie.   I know he's in Phoenix somewhere so keep up posted on services.

Dorothy Mineer Hailey
WRHS Class of 1963

Good morning and peace be with you;

I'm so so sad to hear about Frank's passing on Friday May 13th, 2016.  He was such a gentle person.  My sister in law Arlene and I had a chance to work with Frank back in the early 70's at a place called American Indian Consultants.  She kept in touch with Frank over the years and I was fortunate to see him at our reunions, we are both shocked by the news.  I will be visiting Arlene this morning and I'm sure we will remember Frank and say our prayers for him and his family.

If you have other information, i.e. address for his daughter to send cards, etc. I hope that you will be able to share it with us.

Nancy, thank you for keeping us all informed about our classmates at WR.  I hope this finds you doing well.  Take care of yourself.


Dorothy Dorothy Natonabah-Saucedo
WRHS Class of 1967

Oh no! I just now saw this. So sorry, my sincerest condolences to his family and those close to him. May you rest in peace Frankie.

Eileen Kyselka-Scales
WRHS Class of 1965

I've lost a special dear friend.

We've had great times together since I left WR IN 1964.

A comical note, picking him up at the train station in ABQ in 1967 made me late for my wedding. He "broke in" slept on every new sofa when we moved to different apartments for the first five years we were married. There has never been more than a year that he and I didn't get together or talk on the phone during the last 50 years. He was the stable force in our group. Highly respected, always on the higher moral ground and always someone we looked up to.

I know your in a better place now Franlin. Jamez 

Jim Medlock
Member of the Class of 1966

This is very sad news. Our tiny piece of the world WRHS Scouts has lost a true friend. We are richer indeed for his being with us all these years.  Frankie never had an unkind word about anybody, ever, and was always at hand in time of need. Growing up together as young boys, we were always welcome into the LaFave home and made to feel comfortable. Frankie continued the LaFave kindness and goodness throughout his life and blessed us all with his friendship and being a part of our lives. Without a doubt he was welcomed into the arms of the Lord last Friday for his exemplary life. Frank, you will be sorely missed my friend. God Bless the LaFave Family as they cope with their loss.

Larry Nelson
Member of the Class of 1966

I first met Frank in 1960, when I was in the sixth grade and he was in the seventh.  We spent a lot of time together in various activities while at Window Rock and both attended ASU. We became even closer over the years thanks to social media and WRHS reunions.

Frank possessed so many special qualities that might go unnoticed if you did not take the time to get to know him.  He was easy to talk to, wise, understanding, sympathetic, loyal and had a heart of gold.   I was truly blessed and a better person for having known him and I am very sad to have lost my dear friend.

Nancy Martin Rikel
WRHS Class of 1965

When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.  The Prophet


Earl F. Worley

Earl F. Worley

WRHS Parent

Sacramento resident Earl F. Worley died Thursday March 10, 2016 in Fair Oaks at the age of 103.  He joins his beloved wife Gladys in eternity.  He is survived by his son Timothy Susan, grandsons Austin and Roger Maya and two great grandchildren Cibriana and Braden.

Earl began working as an apprentice machinist before graduating in 1930 from Sacramento High School.  He was skilled in many trades and built several apartment and duplex homes in midtown and East Sacramento. Following the outbreak of WW2 he enlisted in the USN and was a Chief Petty Officer and commissioning crew member aboard a 110’ wooden hulled sub chaser SC-708 that patrolled the North Atlantic coast seeking to engage German U-boats attacking allied merchant ships.  He later served in the South Pacific aboard the destroyer tender USS Prairie AD-15 prior to wars end.

Returning to civilian life Earl trained in accountancy and was a cost accountant and fiscal manager for the City Water Department, California Department of Finance, and retired following 37 years of government service while with the Sacramento County Superintendent of Schools office.  An inveterate traveler and seeker of adventure, he and Gladys accepted work assignments around the world.  These included two one- year posts working for Public Administration Service headquartered in Chicago as a fiscal consultant to the Thai Ministry of Finance in Bangkok as well as another for the Philippine government in Manila.  Earl also served a year as the Comptroller of the Navajo Nation in Window Rock, AZ., and another year in Monrovia, Liberia serving as Business Manager for the Lutheran Church Missionary outpost in Africa, and still another managing business affairs of the Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley.

Earl’s best efforts, however, were serving as a generous and loving Dad, Grandpa, and “Big Pop Pop” to his family.  He never saw a red Fiat roadster he didn’t like.  The family wishes to thank Dr. Antonio Balatbat and NP Mary Ward of Mercy Medical Group as well as the nursing staff of Eskaton Care Center of Fair Oaks for their kindness and skilled care.  Burial service will be private.  A Celebration of Earl’s life is planned in April

Provided by Tim Worley - Member of the WRHS Class of 1967


Thomas A. Bennett
April 25, 1958 - March 6, 2016

Tom Bennett

Member of the WRHS Class of 1976

A celebration of life memorial service for Thomas Allen Bennett, 57, of Eagle Butte, S.D., was held March 20 at the Fort Defiance Chapter House.

Thomas was born April 25, 1958, in Fort Defiance, into the Tsi’naajinii Black Streak Wood People, born for Tábaahá Waters Edge Clan. He died March 6, 2016, in Bismarck, N.D.

Thomas attended Window Rock High School and Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute in Albuquerque, where he obtained his GED. He worked for Empire Glass, Safelite Auto Glass, American Glass, and Roy Engle Paint/Body in Phoenix. He loved to cook, joke around, do crossword puzzles, fishing, camping, watching football, and being around family and friends. In Eagle Butte, he was the lead cook at On the Tree Sun Dances.

Thomas is survived by his wife, Lydia K. Bennett of Fort Defiance; sons, Allen T. Bennett of Gilbert, Ariz., Phillip R. Bennett, Jean-Michael Bennett, and Jacob R. Bennett, all of Flagstaff; daughters, Camille Morua of Gallup, and Talia Bennett of Flagstaff; mother, Laura Bennett of Fort Defiance; sisters, Beverly Sarmiento of Albuquerque, Teresa Bennett of Fort Defiance, Cecille Bennett of Belen, N.M., Margaret Mike of Window Rock; brothers, Darrell Bennett and Ernie Michael Bennett of Fort Defiance, Robert L. Bennett of Phoenix, and Anthony Ashley of Gallup; and eight grandchildren and would have been a great-grandfather within the next few weeks.

Thomas is preceded in death by his father, Lafie N. Bennett; grandmother, Miriam B. Thomas; grandfather, Stanley Thomas Sr.; sister, Barbara A. Norris; and grandson, John Morua Jr.

Thomas’ family thanks everyone who helped set up, who brought food, who shared their funny stories, who came to pay their respects, and who cleaned up afterwards. Your presence was very much appreciated.

As Published in the Navajo Times - March 24, 2016

Thomas A. Bennett of Eagle Butte, SD, age 57, died in Bismarck, ND on March 6, 2016.  A Celebration of Life memorial will be held Sunday, March 20 at the Fort Defiance Chapter House.  He was born April 25, 1958 in Fort Defiance, AZ.  His clan was Black Streak Wood People born for Waters Edge People.

Tom attended Window Rock High School and SIPI in Albuquerque.  He worked for Safelite Auto Glass and American Glass in Phoenix.

He loved to cook, joke around, do cross word puzzles, fishing, camping, watching football, and be around family & friends.

He is survived by his wife, Lydia Bennett of Fort Defiance, AZ.  Sons Allen T. Bennett of Gilbert AZ, Phillip R. Bennett, Jean-Michael Bennett, and Jacob R. Bennett all of Flagstaff AZ.  Daughters Camille Morua of Gallup NM and Talia Bennett of Flagstaff AZ.  Mother Laura Bennett of Fort Defiance AZ.  Sisters Beverly Sarmiento of Albuquerque NM, Teresa Bennett of Fort Defiance AZ, Cecille Bennett of Belen NM, Margaret Mike of Window Rock AZ.  Brothers  Darrell Bennett & Ernie Michael Bennett of Fort Defiance, Robert L. Bennett of Phoenix, and Anthony Ashley of Gallup, NM.  He had 8 grandchildren and would have been a great-grandfather within the next few weeks.

Mr. Bennett is preceded in death by his father, Lafie N. Bennett, Grandmother, Miriam B. Thomas, Grandfather, Stanley Thomas Sr., Sister, Barbara A. Norris, Grandson John Morua Jr.,

Provided by Teresa Bennett - WRHS Class of 1973


Tom made a lot of bad choices in his lifetime but he is at peace now. He was not a good person when he was using drugs but after he found the Sun Dances, he found God, he found peace, and most of all, he found himself again. Although our hearts are heavy, we have many MANY silly memories of Tom. Things he said like “she’s my brodder”. We’ll miss his imitations of what he called “the limp hand clan”. It was a never ending laugh fest when he was around. He did love his children, his family, and his friends.
A memorial service is pending for a later date.

Teresa "Terry" Bennett
WRHS Class of 1973
Posted on Facebook March 6, 2016


Tom's memorial - the Celebration of Life memorial will be Sunday, March 20th from 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm at the Fort Defiance Chapter House.  A short prayer will be said but nothing real elaborate.  They will not be running on Indian Time so please be on time if you plan on attending.  A potluck is included.  Lydia's aka: Candy phone number which is supposed to be included in the published obituary is 729-2149.


Please pass on my condolences to the Bennett family.  Although I did not know Tom Bennett, my  heart breaks for Terry, Bev, Laura and Tom’s family.  The Bennett family and mine have been entwined for at least 70 years.  My mom, Birdie Ashcroft, and Laura Bennett went to school together many, many decades ago.  I love the Bennett “girls” and am deeply saddened by your loss.

Thinking of you,
Sharon Ashcroft Walter
WRHS Class of 1968


I am so very sorry to hear this.  Yes, you are right, he is at peace.  God bless him and those he left here on Earth.  My prayers to you, Mom, Bev and the entire family.

Love you all,
Gloria Hale-Showalter
WRHS Class of

So sorry for your loss. May he rest in peace.

Eileen Kyselka Scales
WRHS Class of 1965

Hi Terry, I am so saddened to about Tom.. I can't even imagine the pain you all must be feeling. Just know you and Tom and all the Bennett's are in my prayers as you move forward during this difficult time. My heart goes out to your Mother especially.

God bless you and your family,
Larry Nelson
Member of the WRHS Class of 1966



Tom Bennett
Member of the Class of WRHS Class of

My brother Tom was admitted back into the hospital early Thursday morning. The hospital called Bev and she flew out to Bismarck Friday morning. After talking with the doctor and Tom’s son Allen & all his children, a very difficult decision is about to be made. Tom can no longer breath on his own. There is no cure or treatment for his chronic diagnosis and his condition was rapidly deteriorating. Beverly & I have been in contact with some family & close family friends already and there has been some heavy praying going on. I ask that you help us by praying for comfort and strength for him, for Bev, for mom and his children....and for me as I will have to be the one to tell mom. I know he can hear the people around him because he reacted to Bev’s voice when he heard her yesterday. We are going to let her talk to him. I’m not looking forward to that conversation.

Teresa "Terry" Bennett
WRHS Class of 1973
Posted on Facebook March 5, 2016



Dean Anderson

Dean Anderson
WRHS Class of 1976

Funeral services for Dean Michaelis Anderson, 57, of Window Rock, will be held Friday, Feb. 12, at 9 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Window Rock, with Rev. James Flores officiating. Burial will follow at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Fort Defiance.

Dean was born Sept. 14, 1958, in Fort Defiance, into the Tsenabahilnii Sleep Rock People Clan, born for Táchii’nii Red Running Into the Water People Clan. He died Feb. 5, 2016, in Window Rock.

Dean graduated from Window Rock High School in 1976 and served in the U.S. Marine Corps until he was honorably discharged in 1979. He attended TVI in Albuquerque, Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, University of New Mexico-Gallup, and Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute in Albuquerque.

Dean worked in the carpentry and construction fields. He enjoyed cooking, fishing, working on vehicles, and watching the Kansas City Chiefs play football.

Dean is survived by his wife, Rebecca Anderson; daughter, Shannon Saltclah; mother, Gladys Anderson; and sister, Valerie Harrison.

Dean is preceded in death by his father, Nelson Anderson; brothers, Marvin Wallace and Stewart Anderson; sister, Laura Dennison; and grandparents, Lewis and Ada Cambridge, and Eddie and Elsie Anderson.

A reception will take place at St. Michaels Chapter House following services. Silver Creek Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

As Published in the Navajo Times - February 11, 2016

To WRHS Friends and Family: My brother, Dean Anderson-Class of 1976, passed away Friday, February 5th. Due to circumstances information regarding a funeral will be announced when available. Please direct your inquiries to me during this time. Please keep our family in your prayers.

Thank you,
Valerie Harrison - WRHS Class of 1976


Rodney Kent Hewett
November 7 1956 - January 10 2016

Rodney Kent Hewett
WRHS Class of 1975

Rodney Kent Hewett, 59, passed away Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016.

Graveside service: 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, in Rosehill Cemetery in Cleburne. Visitation: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, at Mountain Valley Funeral Home.

Rodney was born Nov. 7, 1956, in Cleburne to Claude Hewett and Bonnie Chaney Hewett. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Rodney was an avid shooter and fisherman who worked for BNSF Railway for 38 years.

Survivors: brothers, Randy, Ray and Rory Hewett; nieces, Emily Pedigo, Cori Hewett, Kylie Hewett and Tamara Hewett; uncle, E.L. Hewett; and many loving friends.

Mountain Valley Funeral Home Joshua, TX

Rod at the 2007 Reunion - Mesa, AZ


Cato G. Sells Jr.
Brother to WRHS Alumni

HAYS, Mont. – Graveside service for Cato G. Sells Jr., 77, was held Oct. 13 at the Werk Family Cemetery in Hays, Mont. Cato was born Sept. 18, 1938, in Shiprock. He passed away Oct. 9, 2015, in Billings, Mont.

Cato was well known by people. He enjoyed photography, art/sketching, woodwork, and making wooden furniture. Cato is survived by his wife, Phyllis M. Werk-Sells; daughters, Donna M. Sells-Marek of Dickinson, S.D., and DeAnna Sells-Duckett of Billings; son, Shawn Sells of Denver; sisters, Patsy Billison of Window Rock, Liz Sells of Window Rock, Teresa Gorman of Ganado, Ariz., Cynthia Floor of Mineral, Va., and Arlene Floor of Denver; brother, Rudy Sells of Winslow, Ariz.; and four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Cato is preceded in death by his father, Cato G. Sells Sr.; mother, Mary E. Tso-Sells; and sister, Shirley Sells Teller.

As Published in the Navajo Times - October 15, 2015

Prayer Request

Catherine "Biddy" Beach
Pictured with Mary Jo Beach-Batt - on her 90th Birthday

Catherine "Biddy" Beach
WRHS Parent

Mary Jo Beach-Batt and her siblings request your prayers for their mother Catherine "Biddy" Beach who is currently in the Texas



Lucinda Ann Nez
WRHS Class of 1969

Funeral services for Lucinda Ann Nez, 60, of Fort Defiance, were held Aug. 18 at the Blessed Sacrament Church in Fort Defiance, with Father Gilbert officiating. Interment and a reception followed in Fort Defiance.

Lucinda was born Jan. 9, 1955, in Fort Defiance, into the Naaneesht’ezhi The Charcoal Streaked People Clan, born for Tódich’ii’nii Bitter Water Clan. She died Aug. 14, 2015, in Flagstaff.

Lucinda graduated from Window Rock High School and attended the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. She enjoyed beading and painting.

Lucinda is survived by her brother, Frank D. Nez Jr.; sisters, Margaret Sheka, Marilyn Chavez, Marjorie Anderson, Laurinda Weber, Beatrice Nez, and Laurita Butler.

Lucinda is preceded in death by Frank D. Nez Sr., Elsie M. Nez, Lewis D. Nez, Howard D. Nez, and Elliott L. Nez.

Pallbearers were Loren Nez, Eli H. Nez, Joseph Weber, Leo Begaye, and Floyd Nez.

Honorary pallbearers were family members, relatives and friends.

Silver Creek Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

As Published in the Navajo Times - August 20, 2015



Derrick Begay
January 4, 1958 - July 15, 2015

Derrick Begay
WRHS Class of 1877

Funeral services for Derrick Begay, 57, will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 22, 2015, at Cope Memorial Chapel. Burial will be in the Naschitti Community Cemetary

Begay died Wednesday, July 15, 2015, in Crownpoint. He was born Jan. 4, 1958, in Carson City, Nevada, into the Waters Edge People Clan born for the Bitter water People Clan.

Begay attended Carson City and window Rock public schools and graduated from Window Rock High School in 1977. He was employed with BHP mine at the time of his death. Begay was an avid 49er fan and enjoyed being with family, friends and co-workers.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy Burnside son Derrick "Chubby" Begay; Daughters LeAnne M. Begay and Lisa Lee; mother Mae Morris Begay; brother Tiny Begay Jr.; sister Eileen M. Apodaca and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, Tony Begay Sr.

Pallbearers will be Melvin Bitsui, CLifford Notah, Archie Burnside, Shawn Shorty, Aaron Todachine, Ricky Etsitty, Archie Morgan, Joseph Twobulls and Sammy Burnside.

Cope Memorial is in charge of the arraingements.

As Published in the Gallup Independent - July 21, 2015


Arlan Michael Hickson
WRHS Class of

Funeral services for Arlan Michael Hickson, 41, will be held today, July 23, at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church. Viewing will take place one hour prior to service at 9 a.m. Burial will follow at the family plot in Deer Springs, Ariz.

Arlan was born Oct. 30, 1973, in Fort Defiance, into the T—dich’ii’nii Bitter Water Clan, born for T—’aheedliinii Water Flow Together Clan. He died July 16, 2015, in Peoria, Ariz.

Arlan attended Window Rock High School and was a seasonal firefighter for Navajo Forestry. He also worked with Palo West Archaeology as a seasonal worker. He enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting, and spending time with family and friends.

Arlan is survived by his wife, Nosbah Hickson; father, Lawrence M. Hickson; sisters, Lisa Hickson, Melissa Hickson and Kimberly Gallen; brother, Lawrence M.B. Hickson; and one niece and two nephews.

Arlan is preceded in death by his mother, Myrtle Hickson; grandparents, Mary G. Hickson, Albert Hickson Sr., and Benny B. Robbins; brothers, Irving Jones, Merle Jones, Theron Wauneka, Sheldon Hickson, and Gerald Robbins; and sister, Amanda Robbins.

Pallbearers will be Lawrence M.B. Hickson, Mike Blackman, Rodney Birch, Wendell Birch, Brandon Jones, Patrick Jones, Leonard Wauneka, and Joel Smith.

Rollie Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

As Published in the Navajo Times - July 23, 2015


Michelle Jane Sampson
WRHS Class of

Funeral services for Michelle Jane Sampson, 34, of St. Michaels, Ariz., will be held Friday, June 12, at 10 a.m. at the St. Michaels Catholic Church, with Patrick officiating. Burial will follow at the St. Michaels cemetery.

Michelle was born April 20, 1981, in Gallup, into the Hashk’aa hadzohi Yucca Fruit-Strung-out-in-a-Line Clan, born for Kiyaa’aanii Towering House Clan. She died June 6, 2015, in Oklahoma.

Michelle graduated from Window Rock High School and Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute in Albuquerque. She was employed as a correctional officer, dry cleaner and worked at McDonald’s in Shawnee, Okla. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

Michelle is survived by her husband, Alva Otis Anderson; son, Terrlle Anderson of Oklahoma; brother, Joe Sampson Jr.; and sister, Stephanie Jane Sampson. Michelle is preceded in death by her parents, Joe and Sarah Sampson; and grandparents, Richard and Rose Bia.

Pallbearers will be Kevin Tabaha, Nelson Tabaha Jr., Jeffery Plummer, Byron Sampson, Steve Warner, and Steven Warner.

Honorary pallbearers will be Garrick Tabaha and Brian Sam.

A reception will take place at St. Michaels Chapter House following services. Silver Creek Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

As Published in the Navajo Times - June 11, 2015


Lillian Slinkey-Yazzie
WRHS Class of  1964

Funeral services for Lillian Slinkey Yazzie, 70, of St. Michaels, Ariz. , were held May 23 at St. Michael’s Mission. Interment followed at the St. Michael’s community cemetery.

Lillian was born July 16, 1944, in Fort Defiance, into the Honágháahnii One-walks-around Clan, born for Kinyaa’áanii Towering House Clan. She died May 18, 2015, in Phoenix.

Lillian attended Window Rock High School and was employed as a special education assistant. She enjoyed sewing, beadwork, singing Navajo traditional songs, traveling, and sewing powwow shawls.

Lillian is survived by her husband, Kee Richard Yazzie; son, Delane Yazzie; daughters, Lornette Kim Yazzie and Wanda Renee Yazzie; mother, Maggie Slinkey; brothers, Mark Slinkey and Joe Slinkey; sisters, Rose Slinkey, Marge Bush, Carole Slinkey, and Vay Slinkey; and 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Lillian is preceded in death by her father, Mark Slinkey Sr.; nephew, Ronnie Bush Jr.; and granddaughter, Tamika Day.

Pallbearers were Duane Bush, Joaquin Sheperd, Ryan Yazzie, Aeden Szopinski, Jason Kaulaity Victor Tsosie, and Randy Hoskie. Honorary pallbearers were Delane Yazzie, Logan Szopinski, Herman Upshaw, Joe and Mark Slinkey Jr. Cope in Tse Bonito, N.M., was in charge of arrangements.

As Published in the Navajo Times - May 28, 2015


Ruth Ann Houseknecht
October 16, 1927 - April 30, 2015

Ruth Ann Houseknecht
WRHS Parent

Houseknecht, Ruth Ann 87, of Chandler, AZ passed away on April 30, 2015. She was born on October 16, 1927 to Claude and Alma Roper in Trinidad, CO.

While attending Trinidad State Junior College, she met her husband of 68 years, Byron W. Houseknecht. After earning her associate's degree, education was put on hold while working and raising their three children; Claudia Richard Dugan, Rev. Eric Houseknecht, and Christopher Christine Houseknecht. Ruth Ann's working life was spent in libraries, wherever she lived at the time. She served in every kind of library, from major university libraries to a volunteer run library in Window Rock, AZ. Her great love of books was passed on to her children and grandchildren.

After moving to Chandler in 1977, Ruth Ann returned to college ASU to complete her degree and soon joined the staff of the Chandler Public Library. She retired in 2000, after almost 18 years of enthusiastically guiding library patrons to the perfect reference book.

In addition to Ruth Ann's husband and children, she is survived by seven grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. Also surviving are her brother Jim Sally Roper and his family, and the family of her brother, Claude Roper, Jr. who predeceased her.

A private, family service was held. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital , P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142 or you may donate online at

 Published in The Arizona Republic from May 5 to May 6, 2015

A memorial Mass will be celebrated for Ruth Ann at Father Eric's parish, St. Steven's, 24827 S Dobson Road, Sun Lakes, AZ 85248 on Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 10 a.m.  All are welcome to attend.

Claudia Houseknecht-Dugan - WRHS Class of 1968
Rev. Eric Houseknecht - WRHS Class of 1971
Christopher Houseknecht - Attended WR Elementary School



Nelson Anderson
WRHS Parent

To Friends and Family: Received news today that my father, Nelson Anderson, had passed away late Monday, March 30, 2015. His funeral will be held Monday, April 6, 2015 at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Fort Defiance, AZ. Viewing will be from 9 am to 10 am; the service to begin at 10 am.

Valerie Anderson-Harrison
WRHS Class of  1976


James Tso
WRHS Class of 1975

My brother, James, entered eternal life yesterday March 25th.  He suffered much on this Earth but now is at peace and singing with the angels.  Please remember his family in your prayers.
Thank you.

Esther Tso-Rohrer
WRHS Class of 1972


Kandy Goodluck-Jones
WRHS Class of

LUPTON, Ariz. — Funeral services for Kandy Goodluck-Jones, 50, will be held Saturday, March 14, at the Latter Day Saints Church in Lupton, Ariz.

Burial will follow at the Jones family plot in Lupton.

Kandy was born June 12, 1964, in Los Angeles, Calif., into the Naakai dine’é Mexican Clan, born for Tódich’ii’nii Bitter Water Clan.

She died March 8, 2015, in Albuquerque. Kandy graduated from Window Rock High School and attended Central New Mexico Community College where she received two associate degrees.

She worked as a nurse assistant in Farmington, Gallup and Phoenix.

She enjoyed collecting Native American relics and antiques, and was a member of the Navajo Nation Band.

Kandy is survived by her husband, Ray Shorty; daughters, Johnnie Goodluck-Jones and Ashley Shorty; son, Grant Shorty; parents, Harry and Rose Jones; sisters, Tomiko Chamberlain, Rachelle G.

Jones and Roqueeta R. Jones; granddaughter, Jalyn Marie Chappell; and seven nieces and four nephews.

Kandy is preceded in death by her daughter, Angel Ray Shorty; and paternal and maternal grandparents.

Pallbearers will be family members. Rollie Mortuary is in charge of arrangements

As Published in the Navajo Times - March 12, 2015


Oleta Elliot
WRHS Class of 1965

Oleta Elliott, Class of 1965, passed away on Friday evening, March 13, 2014. No memorial is planned in accordance with Oleta's wishes.

Oleta will be missed. I always thought she was very pretty. Scouts Nation will miss her. I remember how much she loved the reunions. I believe she was the one that talked KOMA into giving a shout out to Scouts Nation at one of our reunions. RIP Oleta.
Evelyn Reed-Herzog - WRHS Class of 1967

I am very saddened to learn of Oleta's passing.  She was always a very friendly and caring lady; she kept me informed of a mutual friend and my cousin when times were bad and happy for him and then of his passing.  We will miss Oleta's beautiful presence at the Reunion in April.  My thoughts and prayers go out to her family and may they all find peace.  RIP Oleta.
Ella Natonabah -  WRHS Class of 1964

From Facebook

Eileen Kyselka-Scales - I'm having difficulty sending this message for some reason. Oleta passed last night. Dawnna, Oleta's daughter, called a few minutes ago. Oleta will be cremated and at Oleta's request, there will be no memorial. This info can be shared to WRScouts classmates. Thanks. Such sad news. Another classmate is gone.

Carol Eddy Nelson - I am so glad you were there for her, Dorothy. I am sure you enabled her to pass into the spirit world with ease. That is a great comfort to me and I am sure her family too. You are such a blessed person. I am so privileged to know you. Thank you.

Cheryl Rodriguez-Jennings - Oh Dorothy, what a dear friend you are! I am so sad in hearing of Oleta's passing. She was such a beautiful person, inside and out, and so smart. My prayers go out for her and her family.

Prayer Request

Oleta Elliot
WRHS Class of 1965

Attention all Scouts
: Your thoughts and prayers are requested for fellow Scout Oleta Elliot, WRHS Class of 1965, who is gravely ill. Thank you.

Sending thoughts and prayers for Oleta.
Evelyn Reed-Herzog - WRHS Class of 1967

Oleta was so much fun in high school and had the most beautiful hair and quite the figure.  I really got to know her when we started having the reunions.  She was very instrumental in getting in touch with fellow classmates through the years.  I had the pleasure of staying with her in Phoenix many times.  I am sending my thoughts to you Oleta as I love you and thank you for your special friendship.  My prayers are with you. Know that I am always thinking of you my friend. God embrace you and be there for you.
Carol Eddy-Nelson - WRHS Class of 1965

Oleta, we send our prayers!  I met you at the reunion at Pat McNary's house and you were kind enough to offer to let us park our RV in your driveway. What a kind person...proof of the feeling of family at WRHS!!
Wanda Montgomery-Jury - WRHS Class of 1969 

There is a bond between WRHS classmates that exceeds time and distance, especially for the Class of 1965.   I am thinking of you and praying for comfort and peace, surrounded by your loved ones.
Nancy Martin Rikel - WRHS Class of 1965

Our prayers and best wishes to Oleta.  Many good times and conversations come to mind when thinking of her.
Pete  Cooper - WRHS Class of 1965


Nela Meyers-Faddis
WRHS Class of 1969

Faddis, Nellie G. Nela

Nela Faddis, age 63, a resident of Scottsdale, Arizona passed away on March 5, 2015. Nela was born in Carapito, Venezuela in 1951, where her parents met and were married.

She is survived by her loving husband of 24 years Thomas Faddis and her loving family; her daughters Meghan and Chelsea and husband Casey, and grandchildren Makayla and Cade , her brother Jeffrey Meyers and wife Pam, and her three sisters, Mary Margaret Meyers-Walker and husband Chip, Roxanna Meyers and husband Stanley and Monica Meyers.

Nela was preceded in death by her beloved parents Walter and Nellie Grey Meyers.

Nela Graduated from New Mexico State University with an Associate's Degree and from the University of Phoenix with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration.

Nela was admired and loved deeply by her family, friends and coworkers. She loved to travel and did so extensively. She enjoyed playing games, painting and getting lost in a good book. She also truly enjoyed her church and the various other community groups she supported and belonged to. Most of all however, she loved spending time with her family.

A Celebration of Life Ceremony will be held at New Vision Center for Spiritual Living 10810 N. Tatum Blvd. Phoenix, AZ on Saturday, March 21st 2015 at 10:00 a.m.

Should her friend's desire, memorial contributions can be made to the New Vision Center at

Arrangements entrusted to Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home.

Published in The Arizona Republic on Mar. 15, 2015

Nela Meyers-Faddis
WRHS Class of 1969

Nela Meyers-Faddis
WRHS Class of 1969

Nela Myers Faddis, WRHS, Class of 1969, passed away on Thursday, March 5th after being diagnosed with Breast Cancer just 6 weeks ago. In that short time the cancer moved to her liver and was very aggressive. She had Breast Cancer 10 years ago and recovered into remission and has been fine since then. Nela and Tom live in Phoenix and she was going to retire in May 2015 so they could travel and enjoy their retirement, family and grandchildren.

Please send your prayers and love out to Tom, their 2 daughters, Megan and Chelsea, and to all the Meyers and Faddis Families.

"Celebration of Life" will be held on March 21, 2015, 10:00 AM
New Visions Spiritual Living Church
18010 N. Tatum Blvd
Phoenix, AZ 85032

Donations can be made to the New Visions Spiritual Living Church in her honor. If you would like to send flowers please have delivered to the church on March 19, 2015.

Mitzie Cordes-Heydt - WRHS Class of 1971

From Facebook

Christine Pitts-McDonald - So sorry to hear about that. Prayers to the family.

Dorothy Saucedo - May she rest in peace and rise in glory. Creator hear our prayers for Nela's family, enfold them in your arms, for comfort and strength to be strong for each other.

Mitzie Cordes-Heydt - Please call anyone you want and let them know. That is coming from her daughter Chelsea that called me to let me know. She wants her moms celebration of life to be attended with all her family and friends and her to remembered as the wonderful woman she is!!!

Larry Nelson - That is very sad news. Very fond memories of her and her siblings, three houses away on Tribal Hill Dr. Thoughts and Prayers for family and all the Meyers.

Rick Pierce - So sad to hear. Too many taken too soon . My heart is breaking for her family. I had just recently talked to her after a long absence. Prayers for all that are hurting.

Susan Nelson-Gohr - I will forward this to my sister she was good friend with her.

Kathy Nelson-Emerson - It was soon sad to hear about my friend Nellie. We were best friends in junior high. My memories of her are still so vivid. I remember the many sleepovers , cheering with her in 7th and 8th grade. It was so hard for me to leave her when I moved to Minnesota in 1965. I was fortunate to see her and her daughter once more in the nineties. My eyes fill with tears every time I think of her. My heartfelt condolences go out to her family and many friends. I'm so sad.

Loren Tapahe - My condolences to her husband and children. Gone too soon. She always had a big smile and kind words for everyone.

Esther Tso-Rohrer - Condolences to the family. One of WRHS beauties.

Tam Boyd Very sorry God bless her family.

Paula Jo Mahon - Oh I am just heartbroken! She was such a dear friend! This is the first year we had not exchanged Christmas cards because I had a hubby recovering from major knee replacement surgery and I suppose she was ill! I'm soooo soooo sad! I only have wonderful memories of Nela! I am truly very very sad right now! I had no idea she was sick!!

Joe Washington - That is so sad. I don't think I have seen Nela since high school, but I remember her as such a fantastic person.


Raymond Cleveland
November 20, 1946 - January 31, 2015

Raymond Cleveland
WRHS Class of 1967

FORT DEFIANCE – Funeral services for Raymond Cleveland, 67, of Coalmine, N.M., were held Feb. 6 at the Potter House in Fort Defiance, with Pastor Martin Haven officiating. Interment followed in Coalmine.

Raymond was born Nov. 20, 1946, in Fort Defiance, into the çshiihi Salt People Clan, born for Tábaahá Water’s Edge Clan. He died Jan. 31, 2015, in Coalmine.

Raymond attended Window Rock High School and was employed with the Navajo Nation, P&M Coal Mine, and Fort Defiance Chapter. He enjoyed playing basketball, football and going to rodeos.

Raymond is survived by his son, Harold McNeal; sister, Juanita Cleveland; and three grandchildren.

Raymond is preceded in death by his wife, Sarah Wilson Cleveland; parents, Wood and Rose Cleveland; sister, Bernice Cleveland; and brothers, Stanley, Wallace and Jonah Cleveland.

Pallbearers were Harold McNeal, Sheldon Cleveland, Jeffery Cleveland, Orlando Cleveland, and Derrick Yazzie.

Honorary pallbearers were Manuel Cleveland, Edmond Watchman, Steven Cleveland, Daniel Cleveland, Kenneth Cleveland, Mark Cleveland, Thurman Mark, Marlin Mark, and Ernest Benally.

Silver Creek Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

As Published in the Navajo Times - February 12, 2015

I remember Raymond!  Please offer my condolences to his family. It saddens me; the class of '67  has lost so many of its classmates. Oh but, what a reunion we will have when once again we meet. Raymond, my prayers go out to you, as you join an elite group. God only takes the very best. God bless you on your new journey. RIP
Evelyn Herzog - WRHS Class of 1967


Flemen Bryan Nave
WRSD Teacher and Coach

TSAILE/WHEATFIELDS, Ariz. – Flemen Bryan Nave, 74, passed away Jan. 22.

Flemen was born April 28, 1941, to Ethel and Noah Nave. He was born in a little white house on the corner of Main Street and Old Lake Road in Hominy, Okla. His mother died in a tragic automobile accident when he was in high school and he grew up as an only child surrounded by the love and support of his extended Morgan, Prater, and Taylor families.

After graduating from Hominy High School in 1959, Flemen first attended East Central College in Edmond, Okla., where he worked part time as an elevator operator. After transferring to Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Okla., Flemen received his bachelor’s degree in education. His father, Noah, beamed with pride and often shared the story of how his son was recruited right out of college to teach on the Navajo Indian Reservation in Navajo, N.M.

Flemen began his teaching career working for the first public school in Navajo. He immediately became active in his community, including serving as Cub Scout Master for the Boy Scouts of America. It is also here where he met the Litson Kiiyaaani girls who attended the school. Their eldest sister caught his eye and after a modest courtship, Flemen and Lettie married June 5, 1965, at the St. Bernard Catholic Church in Navajo. Flemen and Lettie were proudly married for 49.5 years. They raised three daughters Kay, Becky and Vi, and one son Seymour in Fort Defiance, as well as Canyon de Chelly, Ariz.

Flemen began teaching for the Window Rock Unified School District in 1969. Along with being an educator, Nave was a coach, Indian Club Sponsor, Lion’s Club member, and, along with his best friend, the late Joe Droll, organized a youth flag football league and wresting program for the community, which still exist today..

Flemen believed in supporting the rights and equal pay for teachers, which led to his involvement in the Arizona Education Association, of which he was highlighted in the February 1988 monthly magazine, NEA Today. Flemen retired from teaching in 2000. He spent his time in Canyon de Chelly, travelling, visiting friends and family, and trying to hit the big jackpot at the various casinos throughout Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, California, Oklahoma, and Wyoming.

Most notably in his retirement, Flemen was an active member of the Tsaile/Wheatfields Senior Center. He organized fundraisers, was their regular bingo caller, and assisted in clearing the tables after lunch and doing dishes, which earned him the nicknamed “No. 1 In-Law.”

In 2005, Flemen discovered he had a half-sister, Gail Harnage Ward. He was proud to meet his younger sister, an accomplished barrel racer and Oklahoma cowgirl. Every chance he could, he spent time with her and her husband Rick.

Flemen is survived by his wife Lettie; children, Kay Cletis Mark, Rebecca Ricardo Cling, and Viola Darwin St. Clair; and 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

As Published in the Navajo Times - January 29, 2015


Russ Lingruen
November 11, 1923 - November 20, 2014

Russ Lingruen
WRHS Parent

Mesa Arizona- Russ Lingruen, 9l ,  died Thursday  November 20, 2014 at Banner Hospice House.

He was born November 11. I923 in Cleveland. Ohio. He lived in Black Hat, New Mexico and Mesa, Arizona for most of his life. He served his courtly in World War II, serving in Company F33lst  Infantry Regiment 83rd Division. called the Thunderbolt Division. and was in combat in the European campaign where he received the Bronze Star for bravery in action. Russ graduated from Kent State University.

He then moved to the southwest where he successfully directed The Navajo Arts and Crafts Guild in Window Rock. AZ.

He later owned his own arts and crafts business, Reservation Crafts, where he displayed works from many award winning artists and crafts people.  He received many awards over the years for initiating activities for the .youth of the Navajo Nation.

Russ is survived by his too adopted sons, Torn and Pat Lingruen of Tempe and Phoenix AZ., sister June Hunt of Bakersfield, CA.

Russ' memory  will be. cherished by his sister June Hunt of Berkeley. CA., her daughters, Andrea and Leslie, those mentioned above: as well as, Mary Lingruen. wife of' Tom and their children and grand children, Pat Lingruen l sons of Greg and Jon Lingruen.

A memorial gathering will be held on Wednesday, December: 10, 2014 at I:30 pm in the Superstition Room at Sunland Springs Village, 2233 S. Springwood Blvd., Mesa. AZ 85209.

Should friends desire, in lieu of flowers, memorials in Russ' name be sent to Banner Hospice House 721 E. Broadway Rd., Mesa AZ 85208.

Published in the Gallup Independent - December 23, 2014 And provided by Cheryl LaFave-Cordova and Frank LaFave


Charlotte Goodluck
October 13, 1946 - December 2, 2014

Charlotte Goodluck
WRHS Class of 1965

Charlotte Tsoi Goodluck PORTLAND, Ore. — A memorial service for Charlotte Tsoi Goodluck, 68, of Portland, Ore., will be held Friday, Dec. 19, at 2 p.m. at the Beacon Unitarian Universalist Church 510 N. Leroux St. in Flagstaff. A graveside service will follow Saturday, Dec. 20, at 10 a.m. at the Goodluck residence one mile north of I-40 on Route 12 in Lupton, Ariz., with a memorial reception potluck afterward at Tse Si Ani Lupton Chapter House.

Charlotte was born Oct. 14, 1946, in Fort Defiance, into Bilagaana Anglo, born for Dibélzhini Black Sheep Clan. She passed away Dec. 3, 2014, from natural causes.

Charlotte graduated from Window Rock High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Prescott College in Prescott, Ariz., a master’s degree from Smith College in Northampton, Mass., and Ph.D. in social work from the University of Denver in 1998.

Charlotte began her career as a social worker at Jewish Family Services in 1973 in Phoenix and was project director of a program that placed Native children with Native families before the enactment of the Indian Child Welfare Act. She was a social worker educator from 1987 to 2014, beginning her academic career at Northern Arizona University where she worked for more than 20 years, and concluded her appointment there as a full professor emeritus.

Following this, Charlotte was instrumental in starting the bachelor’s program at Portland State University and during the last seven years served as full professor and its founding program director, successfully navigating the program through its CSWE Accreditation processes. She was a board member for the Council on Social Work Education, a national accreditation organizational for all schools of social work, and was a board member on several Native American organizations. She conducted training on the Indian Child Welfare Act and other areas of Native American child and family services.

Charlotte was a researcher on many topics: Native children’s well-being indicators, Native strengths perspectives, sustainability, Native cancer, adoption, foster care, lifelong learning in social work, and many other topics. She was a member of the National Association of Social Workers, BSW Program Directors Association, Council on Social Work Education and the American Indian Social Work Educators Association.

Charlotte exemplified a lifetime dedication to social justice, healing and the well-being of all communities, especially indigenous people. She was a strong promoter of alternative ways of knowing indigenous pedagogy and theory. She was an enthusiastic and determined “opener of doors” of encouragement and opportunity for both her students and her colleagues. Her gentleness, sense of humor and steadiness in the face of challenges was especially admired and appreciated. Her greatest legacy will remain the thousands of students that she taught in her lifetime and their continuing efforts to practice ethical, culturally responsible and impactful social work.

Charlotte had family and friends throughout the United States and traveled frequently. She loved Flagstaff, and lived and visited there often. She loved to travel internationally as well, and had visited China three times, throughout Europe with special affection for Paris, Mexico, Canada, Turkey, Vietnam and many other places. She was an avid reader, enjoyed theater both in live form and in cinema, engaged in photography and other art forms, and walking. She had a special fondness for dogs and cats — none of which were ever a stranger to her. She will be dearly missed by those who knew and loved her well. As she said to everyone, “Walk in Beauty.” Our prayer now for you.

Charlotte is survived by her sister, Lesley N. Goodluck; niece, Natalie P. Locust of Lakewood, Colo.; and numerous cousins and relatives on the Navajo Reservation.

Charlotte is preceded in death by her parents, Charles Tsoi Goodluck of Lupton, and Leslie Elizabeth Snow Goodluck, originally of Wyoming.

A celebration of life will take place Saturday, Jan. 10, at 10 a.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church 1034 SW 13th Ave. in Portland.

In lieu of flowers, academic scholarships will be established in Charlotte’s memory. Please contact Laura Nissen at for additional information.

As Published in the Navajo Times - December 18, 2014

Charlotte Goodluck
WRHS Class of 1965

I am very sad to report the passing on December 2 of  Dr. Charlotte Goodluck, PhD and WRHS Class of 1965 graduate.  Charlotte was a friend to many in high school in our close knit "WRHS family".

In reading Charlotte's Facebook and a statement from the dean of the School of Social Work, it appears that her passing was unexpected and of natural causes.    It is also clear that Charlotte was loved by many including staff and students at Portland State University, was constantly helping others, loved her cat, was willing to give Kendle a try versus books that you can hold!, attended local plays, loved flowers and art, took and shared lots of pictures and enjoyed nature and travel.  Last year many of us enjoyed the photos she shared on Facebook of her European trip.  On November 22, just days ago, she shared photos and comments prior to her Caribbean cruise:

Arrived in Tampa for my cruise to start tomorrow....yea, blue sea and blue sky...that's what I calls or internet for a the grid! time for Char to relax. My cold has calmed down so feeling better...a bit tired but that is to be expected after being up at 3:00 and in the plane all complaints.

On October 11, Charlotte posted this on Facebook:


There is no question that Charlotte shared her light with classmates, students, family and friends.  For now, Facebook is our only contact.

2005 WRHS Reunion

My lovely colleagues!

The School of Social Work welcomed our newest class of BSW students, September 22, 2014.

Portland State University professor Charlotte Goodluck passed away at her home on Tuesday, Dec. 2 due to natural causes.

Laura Nissen, dean of the School of Social Work, sent out the following message: "It is with a heavy heart that I share with you the loss of our dear friend and colleague, Dr. Charlotte Goodluck, who passed away in her home on Tuesday. Charlotte will be remembered for her gentle and kind spirit, passion for social justice and social work education, and steady leadership of the BSW Program.

I have little other information to share at the moment, but as more information becomes available - including any plans for a memorial or other commemoration of Charlotte's life - we will let you all know. For now, please hold Charlotte, her family, and all whose lives she touched in your thoughts and prayers.

Please be gentle with yourself and each other as we move through this difficult time together. SHAC counseling services are available for PSU students; if you need to speak with someone, walk in counseling is available. You can also contact the Multnomah County Crisis Line available 24 hours a day at 503.988.4888.

Walk in beauty, Charlotte."

Portland State University Website - December 4, 2014

Barbara Vander Wagen  -So sad to hear this . She enriched so many lives.

Velma Shirley - How sad. Another one of our classmates gone!! 

Sherri Rodriguez-Jennings - Charlotte was my best friend during our high school years and was with me when I was having my first child. I have fond memories of Charlotte and will never forget all we went through together! God bless you, dear friend, and may his light shine on you always! Your friend forever, Sherri. 

Obituary: Charlotte Tsoi Goodluck, former sociology and social work professor

Charlotte T. Goodluck, professor emerita of sociology and social work, died on Dec. 3, 2014. She was 68.

Dr. Goodluck was born in Ft. Defiance, Ariz., on Oct. 14, 1946. She earned her bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Prescott College, a master’s in social work from Smith College and a Ph.D. in social work from the University of Denver.

Dr. Goodluck began her career as a social worker at Jewish Family Services in Phoenix, Arizona in 1973 and was the project director of a program that placed native children with native families before the enactment of the Indian Child Welfare Act. She was a social work educator from 1987 to 2014. She began her academic career at Northern Arizona University where she served as a professor of sociology and social work. She retired in 2008.

Dr. Goodluck’s gentleness, sense of humor and steadiness in the face of challenges were especially admired and appreciated. Her greatest legacy will remain in the thousands of students she taught during her lifetime.

Dr. Goodluck is preceded in death by her parents Charles Tsoi Goodluck and Leslie Elizabeth Snow Goodluck. She is survived by her sister, Lesley N. Goodluck; niece Natalie P. Locust; and numerous cousins and relatives on the Navajo Reservation.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, at the Beacon Unitarian Universalist Church, 510 North Leroux Street. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 20, in Lupton, AZ at the Goodluck Residence one mile north of I-40 on Route 12 followed by a memorial reception and potluck at Tse Si Ani Lupton Chapter.

A celebration of life will be held in Portland, Oregon at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 1034 SW 13th Avenue, Portland, OR on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 10 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, academic scholarships will be established in Dr. Goodluck’s memory. Please contact Laura Nissen at for additional information.

Posted on the University of Northern Arizona Website - December 11, 20014

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