Jul 252012

Elizabeth Ann “Liz” Bahe-Coochwytewa, 63, passed away on Saturday, July 14, 2012, in Flagstaff. Me-morial services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 27, at the First Baptist Church in Winslow.
She was born on Aug. 24, 1948, to Perry and Laverne Bahe in Winslow, and lived in Winslow all her life.
Liz was a cosmetologist for over 30 years and beautified many Winslow residents. She was the proud owner of Shear Indulgence for many years. She also worked for Indian Health Service for a few years as a family planning counselor prior to becoming a cosmetologist.
She was raised by her parents as a Christian; she also honored her husband Sam’s Hopi traditions.
One of her biggest hobbies was cleaning, she was always cleaning everything and even if she was visiting family and friends, she would clean their house. She also liked to play Bunco, Bingo and Texas Hold’em. She loved to travel, and provide for her family and friends. She loved to embarrass everyone with her jokes (many of you guys know her favorite joke). She loved to bake, and there are many residents in Winslow who will miss her Banana and Yeast Bread. She loved to decorate for Christmas, her nativity scenes were awe-some, and she collected all types of salt and pepper shakers. She also loved to bowl, as many of you will re-member your times in Las Vegas. One thing that surprised everyone is the way she and Sam danced, they loved to dance together. One of her biggest qualities was her smile. She always had a smile and kind words for everyone.
Survivors include her husband of 44 years, Sam Coochwytewa. They just celebrated their anniversary on June 22. Sam was there for her all the time, he was her strength and the love of her life. They were together for almost 50 years, high School sweethearts until the very end. She is also survived by her sons, Anthony Ray “Toni” Coochwytewa and Jordan Jayce Kelley; her daughter, Terra Lynn Coochwytewa; her godson, Charleston “Charlie” Lewis; her goddaughter, Miah Nicole Villareal; her mother, Laverne N. Bahe; and her sisters and brothers, Lorraine B. Thomas of Glendale, Geraldine “Geri” Hernandez (Micky) of Rimrock, Evelyn J. Yazzie of Flagstaff, Steven P. Bahe of Window Rock, Larry F. Bahe (Linda) of Phoenix and Phyllis Huskon (Floyd) of Tuba City. Children, all in all Liz has too many to count; this would include the Navajo family, Hopi family and the many children that she adopted and provided for throughout the years; grandchildren, 50, all her sisters and brothers have children, who have grandkids, and she so wanted to be a grandmother with all her heart and this is how she became one; and great-grandchildren, 18, since she was Nana Liz, this also made her a Great Nana Liz. Others mentioned included our puppies Keka (Lou) & (Champ) Bailey Coochwytewa. We know they drove her crazy at times, but we know that when we weren’t around she babied the dogs.
She was preceded in death by her father, Perry Bahe; father-in-law, Victor Coochwytewa; mother-in-law, Margaret Coochwytewa; sisters, Verna Cleveland, Kathleen Bahe and Vivian Monroe; and brother, Perry Bahe Jr.
In lieu of flowers, monetary contributions are being accepted c/o Sam Coochwytewa, P.O. Box 1266, Winslow, Ariz. 86047.
Greer’s Mortuary of Winslow was in charge of the arrangements.