Aug 092013

Ataleaya Saganitso, 25, passed away on Friday, July 26, 2013. Graveside services were held Aug. 8 at Desert View Cemetery in Winslow.
Sgt. Ataleaya H. Saganitso was born Jan. 17, 1988, into the Salt Clan, born for the Towering House People. Her maternal clan is Red Running into the Water People and her paternal clan is Many Goats. Her parents are Dorothy J. Wagoner and the late Justin L. Saganitso Sr., and stepfather Earl Cragun. She is survived by sisters and brothers Justina Saganitso, Jake Saganitso, Justin Saganitso Jr., Dash Hicks and Katherine Hicks, with many of her relatives from Birdsprings and Tuba City.
After completing high school in Winslow, she enlisted in the U.S. Army in June 2006. She completed two tours in Iraq and Afghanistan as an aviation operations specialist of the 16th Combat Aviation Brigade, 17th Cavalry Regiment, Fort Wainwright, Alaska. In June 2012, she gained the rank of sergeant, which was one of her biggest goals. She was honorably discharged due to medical conditions.
In her 25 years on this Earth, she taught so much about strength, family, honor, love and the kind of abilities women are very much capable of. Any challenge that she met, she fought for it tooth and nail, because that’s the kind of strength she had. She lived her life to her fullest potential.
Of her many hobbies, she appreciated art, cooking, painting, music, traveling, sports, running, shooting range, snow boarding, and just about anything that involved the outdoors, culture and animals. She was very well rounded, and she always kept her family and culture at heart.
To her friends, she was known as “Tay” and to her family, she was known as “At’ééd Yázhí,” which means Little Girl in Navajo.
Greer’s Mortuary of Winslow was in charge of the arrangements.AtaleayaSaganitso