Mary Jane Cantsee was born on February 14, 1941 and died on November 4, 2017. She was born to her parents, Chischilly Begay and Barbara Mustache, in rural Mexican Water, UT.
She comes from a family of 22 brothers and sisters. She attended Stewart Indian School in Carson City, NV as well as Phoenix Indian School in Phoenix, AZ.
She graduated with a Social Work degree from the University of New Mexico, as well as a Nursing certification from Utah State University. She worked for nearly 35 years as a social worker with the State of Utah Department of Human Services.
When she retired from the State of Utah DHS, she ran the Native American Church of North America, White Mesa chapter.
She married Jack Deer Cantsee, Sr. in 1967 and made her home in White Mesa, UT. She raised 8 children, 18 grand-children, 11 great-grand-children, many adopted children and grand-children.
She traveled with her husband tirelessly to sit up all night and pray for many families across the United States. She traveled to many powwows across the United States and is a 3-time Grand Champion of the largest powwow, Gathering of Nations in Albuquerque, NM.
Mary Jane Cantsee will be remembered for her tenacity and hard work, her drive for excellence, and her desire for success for her children and grand-children and great-grand-children.
She was kind-hearted with a warm embrace for everyone. She was always encouraging everyone to learn to sing, dance hard, and enjoy each other’s time. She stressed education and perseverance as well as dedication to family. She loved to bead, sew, sing, dance, and attend celebrations and ceremonies.
Her favorite time was being with her husband, Jack Deer Cantsee, Sr. She had a great sense of humor and was prone to laughter. She helped so many families in San Juan County as a case worker and social worker.
She could always be found at your nearest casino as she loved to gamble. She was a beautiful and loving wife, mother, sister, auntie, and grandmother. We will not forget her smile.
Services were held at the San Juan Mortuary on Tuesday, November 07, 2017. If you would like to leave your condolences please visit www.sanjuanmortuary.com.