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Sophie Benally

Sophie Benally

Feb 11, 1933 - Dec 3, 2015
Funeral services for Sophie Oldman Benally, 82, will be held 10:00 a.m., Thursday, December 10, 2015 at St. Stephens Catholic Church with Father Phil Wagner officiating. Interment will follow at the Arapaho Catholic Cemetery. A Rosary will be recited 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec 9th, at Great Plains Hall with a wake to follow at the Hall.

Mrs. Benally passed away peacefully surrounded by family on December 3, 2015 at the Copper Ridge Rehabilitation Facility in West Jordan, Utah.

Sophie was born February 11, 1933, in Fort Washakie, Wyoming, daughter of Albert and Constance (Oldman) Willow. Her mother died during child birth, so she was raised by her Grandpa Jerome Oldman. When he died, she then was raised by Jason and Virginia Oldman.

She grew up on the Wind River and attended St. Stephens schools before moving to Utah when she was 18 years old. She remained in Utah where she raised her family. Sophie came back to Wyoming every year for traditional ceremonies and family activities. Throughout her life, Sophie lived in various cities in Utah, Wyoming and Oregon.

Mrs. Benally enjoyed spending time with her family and grandchildren. She also loved driving around Wind River and traveling.

Survivors include her son, Anthony Lavadour of Salt Lake City, UT; daughters, Alvernia and Fay Lavadour of SLC, UT, Tawnee (Thomas) Knighton of St. George, UT, Karen (Rick) Gallegos of SLC, UT, Tammy Benally of SLC, UT and Raylene Alder of SLC, UT; brothers, William P. (Buddy) Oldman, Richard Willow, and Floyd Willow; sisters, Mary F. Bell, Cora Willow, Flora Willow, Frances Dewey, Thelma Dewey, Arlene and Ramona Tyler; nieces, Lou Oldman, Terry Teran, Benita (Darrell) Smith, Valerie J. Friday, Cheryl Little Bird, Carolyn (Charles) Dodge, Marilyn Eagle, Donna Norah, Ruth Moss, Luella Monroe and Mary Arthur; nephews, Gordon Wanstall, Steven M. Oldman, Sr., Virgil and Cassie Oldman, Ernest “Tater” and Rachael Oldman, Sr., Steven C. Oldman, Sr., Curtis M. Oldman, Sr., and Donald Oldman; great grandson; grandchildren, Brandon Benally, Jerri Smith, Terri Smith, Maria, Valene and E.T. Smith, Tina Jenkins, Danielle and April Friday, Lawrencetta Bell, Tylis Teran, Sr., Sam and Patton Teran, Talon Oldman, Jason, Jesse, Stevie Oldman, Gregory Oldman, Buzz Oldman, Rueben Oldman and Lakota Oldman, Lloyd and Ernest Barney Oldman, Darrell Smith, Jr., Matthew and Michael Smith, Lorenzo, Steven and Terrencio Sitting Eagle, Aaron M. Oldman, Matthew Montoya, Stephanie Oldman, Theresa Oldman, Seline Sitting Eagle, Tashina Oldman, Ramona and Kathleen Daney, Dee Wanstall, Eva Oldman, Jason Shakespeare, Johnny Trujillo, Dominic Benavidez, Marcelle and Summer Oldman, Curtis M. Oldman, Jr., Eldred Lee, Jr., Melody Williams, Blaine C. Oldman, Sr., Arvin Felter, Priscilla Oldman, Jewel Felter, Tara, Alissa, Ernest Jr., Nellie, Quaden, Quinten Oldman, Fatts, Crystal, Priscilla, Anita, Josh, Joseph and Leon Segura, Vanessa, Tommy and Rick Jr Gallegos.

She was preceded in death by Larry and Maria Oldman, Viola and Roy Wanstall, Ambrose and Angela Walker, Henry Tyler, Franklin Oldman, Linus, Bobby, George, and John Charles Dewey, numerous nieces and nephews and grandchildren; special grandson, Raymond Benally.

Services are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home.

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