Lillie J. Curley, 81, of Teesto passed away peacefully surrounded by her children on Monday, May 12, 2014, in Flagstaff, Ariz.
Lillie was born at home in Ramah, N.M., to John and Florence Pino. She grew up herding sheep and daily chores of living on the reservation. She completed an 11th grade education in Ramah and then became an interpreter for the missionaries who came to the area. This provided her with the opportunity to travel with the missionaries to east coast and back. It was during this time she met her husband, Rev. Joseph H. Curley.
Together they ministered and pastored through the Church of the Nazareen on the reservation. She continued ministering through bible studies, visiting local churches and communities.
She is survived by her children Syliva (Hassan) Shahjamali, Josephine (Richard) Mendez, Debra, Mike (Felicia), Cynthia, Joy, Nate and Myrin Curley; 16 grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren on the way; brothers Danny, Edgar, Leo Pino, Bob, Roy, and Pete Martine; sisters Cora, Faye, Isabelle, Lelia Pino, Olive Nicoll and Nancy Martine Alonzo.
Lillie was preceded in death by her husband Rev. Joseph H. Curley; parents John and Florence Pino, stepfather Sheppie Martine; sisters Rose, Grace and Gloria; and brothers Dempsey and Joseph.
Services will be held on Thursday, May 15, at 10 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Winslow, 205 W. Lee St. Interment to follow at Desert View Cemetery. Visitation will be held at Greer’s Mortuary Chapel on Wednesday, May 14, from 5 to 8 p.m.
An account has been set up at Wells Fargo in Lillie’s name for donations.