May 192011

Stella Nelson, 85, passed away on Wednesday, May 11, 2011, in Winslow. Funeral services were held May 16 at Greer’s Mortuary Chapel in Winslow, with Pastor Henry Chase officiating. Interment followed at Dilkon Community Cemetery.

Stella was born in Castle Butte on Sept. 15, 1926.

She was a rug weaver, homemaker and gardener, with cornfields and melons. She herded sheep, and she sewed blankets and quilts.

Survivors include her spouse, Enrique Nelson; five sons, Gus Nelson, Leonard Nelson, Finley Nelson, Frankie Nelson and Miller Nelson; two daughters, Yolandie Bloomingdale and Edith Puente; 25 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her brothers, Arthur Yazzie and Vernon Yazzie; her sister, Cessie Barton; and her son Leroy Davis.