San Carlos Apache Tribe mourns the loss of its oldest member

SAN CARLOS — Sunday afternoon, January 7, 2018, a motorcade of over 70 vehicles, led by the Geronimo Riders, family and friends made it’s way down a 15 mile stretch of Highway 70 and Indian Route 6 to the St. Charles Catholic Mission in downtown San Carlos.

An Impressive sight for those who gathered along the route to pay homage to 97 year old Sadie Stevens Kniffin.

Born June 22, 1920 in Miami, Arizona in an area known as Bloody Tanks, she was the seventh child out of ten born to William Stevens and Emma Casa Stevens.

Sadie became a registered nurse in 1943 and helped many throughout her career.

In 1944 she married her best friend, Spike Kniffin. They had been married for 64 1/2 years at the time of his death in 2009.

Sadie is also proceeded in death by her parents, siblings: George, Jess, Ray, Jimmie, Sam, Henry, Virginia 

and Carl; Two sons: Gus and Ivan. 

She is survived by one sister: Sara Stevens of Peridot and six children: Sonny, George, Jimmy and Maybelline, Gary and LaVerna, Tina and Edna, 17 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren.

A Christian mass and burial was lead by Fr. Ignatius De Groot on January 8th, followed by interment at the San Carlos Cemetery.

Sadie will be fondly remembered and sorely missed by all who knew her.

The Family of Sadie Stevens Kniffin would like to express their thanks for all the love, prayers and acts of kindness shown during this most difficult time.

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