Mabel Jim Nakai Begay, 96, a dedicated prayer warrior, mother, grandmother and sister entered into her heavenly rest, while surrounded by her loving family on Monday, July 8, 2013, in Fruitland. She was born to the late Nakai Jim and Cecelia Peshlakai Nakai, on Aug. 16, 1916, in Red Valley, Ariz.
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Mabel attended Shiprock Boarding School, Fort Wingate and Navajo Methodist Mission School, which is now Navajo Prep.
Mabel was preceded in death by her loving husband, Kee T. Begay, of Red Valley, Ariz.; brothers, Wilson Nakai, of Beclabito, and Wallace Nakai, of Shiprock; three grandsons, Melvin R. Ayze, Roger Cohoe Jr. and Johnny Herder Jr.
She will be remembered and missed by her five daughters, Lucy Harden, of Farmington; Betty R, Cohoe, of Mesa, Ariz.; Hurley R. (Rev. Roberson) Jackson, of Kirtland; Myra R. Begay, of Fruitland, and Amy (Henderson) Jackson, of Fruitland; three sons, Rev Wallace (Bernice) Begay Sr., of Mesa, Ariz.; Walter (Kathleen) Begay, of Shiprock, and Warren (Suzanne) Begay, of Fruitland; three sisters, Alice Benally, Helen Benally and Lena Benally, all of Red Valley, Ariz.; 39 grandchildren; 59 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren.
Mabel's home-going memorial service will be 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 11, at her home church, Apostolic Faith Tabernacle in Kirtland.
A graveside service will be 9 a.m. on Friday, July 12, in the Kirtland-Fruitland Cemetery, Road 6575 in Kirtland.
The family would like to thank Helen Walters of Northwest New Mexico Hospice and Home Care and her church family, Apostolic Faith Tabernacle. "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith."
Mabel's care is entrusted to Cope Memorial Chapel of Kirtland, 458 Road 6100, 505-598-9636. Those who wish to express their condolences may do so at www.serenityandcompany.com.
Cope Kirtland Chapel
458 County Road 6100
Kirtland, NM 87417
Published in Farmington Daily Times from July 10 to July 31, 2013