Our precious mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, teacher and friend, Natalie Ruth Denipah, "Grandma Jo", 83, has returned home to join her place among the Lord’s angels. She passed into the next world on the eve of Easter, April 15, 2017. She was a resident of Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo and a faithful member of the St. Johns Baptist Catholic Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gordon Denipah Jr. She was born in Tuba City, AZ on November 12, 1933.
She graduated from St. Michael’s High School in Window Rock, Arizona, received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Loretta Heights Collage in Denver, Colorado Magnum Cum Laude, and received her Master of Science in Nursing at the University of New Mexico. She worked faithfully as a nurse throughout Arizona and New Mexico. She taught Maternal/Child nursing clinical and theory to the first graduating class of the Northern New Mexico College in 1986, and 18 of 18 students passed RN boards on the first try. She was a wonderful teacher; patient, sweet, caring, encouraging, always with time for her students.
She is the matriarch of our family. We are forever thankful for the family that she created and the selflessness, love, and generosity she has shared, our Grandma Joe the Great. She is survived by her three sisters, Patricia Sherwood, Juanita Cata and Sandra Thompson; her beloved children, Marian Denipah-LaRance, Theresa Denipah, Karen Denilaikai, Gordon A. Denipah III, Celeste Denipah, Daniel Denipah, and Carol Denipah, 20 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
A rosary will be recited on Monday, April 17, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at the family home in Ohkay Owingeh, 1455 Simmons Lane. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Ohkay Owingeh, followed with a burial at Ohkay Owingeh Cemetery. The family of Natalie Ruth Denipah, "Grandma Jo", has entrusted the care of their loved one to the DeVargas Funeral Home and Crematory of the Espanola Valley. 505-747-7477