Obituary of Nashoba Nayukpa O’Keefe-Smith |

Obituary of Nashoba Nayukpa O’Keefe-Smith


Nashoba Nayukpa O’Keefe-Smith began his journey to the world of angels on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 in Grass Valley, California shortly after his birth at 9:00 pm. With blissful kicking and joyful movement, Nashoba loved when his mama fed him sweets, when his dada rubbed him in his mama’s belly, and when he heard the voices of his loved ones around him.

Nashoba bound the love between his mother, Erin O’Keefe and his father, Tyler Smith. He also merged his mother’s Navajo culture with his father’s Choctaw ancestry. Nashoba Nayukpa, translated from the Choctaw language, means the “wolf who carries eternal happiness.” His native essence will be perpetually honored by his parents and loved ones as he continues his journey in the spirit world.

Nashoba’s passing is grieved by his maternal grandparents, Barbara
Naize and her husband, Johnny, and Dennis O’Keefe and his wife, Jill, all from Gallup, New Mexico. In Grass Valley, he is mourned by his paternal grandparents, Gene and Tami Smith, and great grandmother, Mary Smith. He is dearly loved by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and dear friends. He will be laid to rest between his paternal great-grandparents, Albert and Teddy Ali during a private ceremony.

The public is welcome to celebrate Nashoba’s innocent, strong and resilient heart on Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 2-4 p.m. at the Foothills Event Center in Grass Valley, California. Contributions in the name of Nashoba Nayukpa O’Keefe-Smith can be made to Tyler Smith, at 10448 Jitney Lane, Grass Valley, California, 95945.

For more information, contact Alisse Ali-Joseph at 520-300-0990. Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper & Weaver Mortuary.

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