Etta Padilla Tso, 61, of Lake Valley, passed away on Sunday, June 16, 2013, in Albuquerque. She was born May 19, 1952, in Otis, to Johnson and Betty Padilla Tso. She was born to Bita'hnii ni'ii, Tod'aheedliinii yashchiin and for Tsenahabitnii dabicheii, Nihoobaanii dabinaii.
Etta was employed with Lake Valley Navajo Head Start, Lake Valley Chapter Vice; chapter coordinator, Whiterock Chapter House, Aging Senior Citizen of Cove, Ariz., Lake Valley/Whiterock, pastor of Lake Valley Church of God, Secretary/Treasurer of Lake Valley Chapter, Senior Citizen Committee of Lake Valley Chapter and the Lake Valley School Board.
She avidly read the Navajo Bible, wrote for pleasure, enjoyed weaving rugs and she had a great sense of humor.
Etta was preceded in death by her father; brother, Cecil Padilla Tso and her grandparents, Billy and Mary Juan.
She is survived by her mother; brothers Gilbert Tso (Rebecca), of Galatia, Ill., Edison Tso (Deborah), of Lake Valley and Nelson Tso (Delores) of Toadlena and sisters, Esther Tso, of Lake Valley, Edith Vandever (Harry), of Lake Valley, Rita Fuentes-Vazquez, of Lake Valley and Margaret Tso (Mark), of Midvale, Utah.
A funeral service will be 11 a.m. on Friday, June 21, at the La Vida Mission, in Lake Valley, officiated by Evangelist Michael J. Lee.
Burial will follow in the family plot in Lake Valley.
Join the family for the reception at the Lake Valley Church of God.
Pallbearers are Edison Tso, Donovan Eldridge, Harold Cly, Naashan Tso, Obadiah Tso and Nelson Tso. Alternate pallbearers are Ricky Beyale, Nathan Etcitty, Preston and Shemaiah.
Donations can be made to Esther Tso or to Cope Memorial Chapel, 404 W. Arrington St., Farmington, NM 87401.
Etta's care is entrusted to Cope Memorial Chapel, 404 W. Arrington St. in Farmington, 505-327-5142.
Those who wish to express their condolences may do so at www.serenityandcompany.com.