Maxine Mayo(1950 - 2013)

Maxine Mayo

Kaibab Village, Arizona

Maxine Mayo was born February 13, 1950 to the late Willis Mayo and Margaret George. She departed this earth on December 2, 2013.

She was raised in various places and went to school at Phoenix Indian School, were she graduated. Throughout her life she held various job positions, but the one job she had at the end of her working career was, in her words, "power machine operator" with Artex in St. George.

She returned home to Kaibab and was a great asset for the tribe. She was on many different tribal committees and always helped in any way she could. She was known throughout all of Paiute Country as a Salt Singer for her people. She took great pride in helping everyone by keeping our traditions going strong.

She was a magnificent beader, loyal friend and loving mother, grandmother, auntie, cousin, niece, daughter, and sister. She will be dearly missed by all but we know that she is in a better place.

She is survived by her children Yolanda Rogers of Kaibab, Arizona, Toland Mayo of Kaibab, Arizona, Stacy Mayo; her grandchildren Shaliese Hill, Maryonna Nockideneh, Omalla Hill, Cianna Yepa and her first great-grandbaby who is on the way; brothers and sisters Mildred Pikyavit, Edna Osife, Elmer Mayo, Elliott Yazzie, Rick Yazzie, Jolene Yazzie, Karen Mayo, and Ganaver Timican; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

She is proceeded in death by her parents Willis and Julia Mayo, and Margaret Mayo, and her brothers and sisters Darlene Mcfee, Bobby Yazzie, Debbie Yazzie, Fredena Conway, Wilma White, Maxie Mayo and Baby Mayo.

There will be a ½ night Traditional Sing , Wednesday, December 4, 2013, Funeral Services will be held Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 3:00 pm, and an all-night Traditional Sing, Thursday, December 5, 2013, all to be held at the Kaibab Paiute Cry House, Kaibab, Arizona. Burial will be in the Kaibab Paiute Tribe Cemetery on Friday morning after the sing. Arrangements were made with Mosdell Mortuary.

Published in The Spectrum & Daily News on Dec. 5, 2013