Oct 182013

Mable Morris Begay completed her life journey Tuesday morning, Oct. 15, 2013, in Flagstaff. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. (MST) on Saturday, Oct. 19, at the LDS church in Indian Wells. Interment will follow at the family plot in Indian Wells.
She was born Oct. 2, 1931, in Indian Wells to Adilthdoney and Ahenibah Begay. She was of the Totsohnii clan, born for the Tłaaschii clan, maternal grandparents were Tsenijikini and paternal grandparents were Todichiinii.
Mable received education in Leupp and Tuba City, leaving school at 15 years of age to help care for activities at home and caring for her grandmother, Yilhabah Morris Taylor.
In 1950, she married Richard Begay and together they became parents of six children.
Later she married Oscar Lee Smith and had three children.
She was a homemaker, was employed in Holbrook and Painted Desert restaurants, and was a right hand to her father until his death in 1997. She lived in the Indian Wells area until her death.
Survivors include eight children, Jean Marie (Jesse) Clark, DaleAnn (Tillman) John, Lydia (Dr. Gregory) Gardner, Richard Begay Jr., Mazie (Gary) Johnson, Ouida (Jason) Taylor, Oliver (Verna) Smith and Loren (Kim) Smith; 26 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; five sisters; two brothers; and her uncle, Carlos T. Morris.
She was preceded in death by her parents, an infant daughter and six siblings.
Greer’s Mortuary of Winslow was in charge of the arrangements.Mable Begay