Mardell went peacefully to rest in the arms of our Lord on Nov. 30, 2010, at Mercy Hospital in Gilbert. She was born on April 4, 1928 in Kingman. She passed away with her family at her side.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Whatoname; her two sons, Rev. Clarence and Edward Manakaja; her daughter, Helen Florence Manakaja; her sisters, Gwendolyn Whatoname and Ethal Kane; and her two brothers, Jack and Wayne Whatoname.
She is survived by her husband, Everett Manakaja Sr.; two brothers, Wilfred Whatoname Sr. and James Whatoname; two sisters, Myra Fielding and Willetta Wilder; six children, Dora Beecher, Everett Jr., Gertrude Havatone, Idella Kekeke Jr., Jamie Schrum and Edison Manakaja; 21 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Services were held on Dec. 4 and 5. The family thanks all who provided support to them.