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Mary Jane Cantsee

February 14, 1941 - November 4, 2017

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, Utah.  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, Utah.  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, New Mexico. 

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.

Funeral Visitation Interment
Tues., November 07, 2017, 11:00 AM

San Juan Mortuary
370 South Main
Blanding, Utah

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

San Juan Mortuary
370 South Main
Blanding, Utah

Family Viewing at 10:00 AM Public Viewing after Funeral
Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Blanding City Cemetery
500 North Grayson Parkway
Blanding, Utah


Anita Runninghorse

Fresno, CA

My deepest condolences to the family of Mary Cantsee. May she rest in peace. Prayers and Blessing.

Martella Singer

Flagstaff, AZ

My sincere condolences and prayers to the family.

Niya Billeadeaux

Pablo, Montana

My condolences to the family at this time of mourning and prayers for comfort.

Doris Sleepy-Woody & Harry Woody


Our deepest condolences to the Cantsee Family. Love,hugs and Prayers of comfort.

Alvora Ketchum

Towaoc, Colorado

My sincere condolences to your family and loved ones. May our Creator continue to watch over each and everyone of you. Through prayer we receive comfort for our mind and heart. Love and Blessings to you Uncle, Brothers, Sisters, Nephews, Nieces and grandchildren.

Kayla Armstrong

Ignacio Colorado

my condolences to my uncle Jack Cantsee and my cousins, nieces and nephews...
prayers going up and blessings come down with love..strength...for each of you at this time of your mourning...

Auntie...i loved her and I was blessed to have an aunt who showed couragec and strength all the way to the time the creator called her home

I love you all

Virgie T-Begaye

Orem Utah

Our deepest condolences to the Cantsee's and Synder family. May the Creator touch each of you with strength and carry on your mom's legacy. Love and hugs ❤️

Virgie T-Begaye

Orem Utah

Our deepest condolences to the Cantsee's and Synder family. May the Creator touch each of you with strength and carry on your mom's legacy. Love and hugs

Heather Johnson


My deepest condolences to the Cantsee family. Mary was a gracious and kind woman who always embraced everyone. She will be missed by many.

Waylon Kay

Blanding, UT

I would to give my prayers & condolences to the Cantsee Family & friends for this tremendous loss to our community. A mother, grandmother, sister, aunt & friend will be missed greatly. In & out of the circle. Her teachings & guidance will always remain wit us as a stepping stone to a better ourselves in our each & own way. Her kind words of wisdom & love will always be cherished in our hearts. May the Great Spirit heal you & give you a Great journey to be wit tha Holy Ones. Until we meet again auntie. Much much love to you. Rest Well.....

Paula Atcitty-Allen

Bluff, Utah

Keeping Mary's family in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. My deepest sincere condolences to the family. Much love.

Guyrene Ben

Aurora, CO

My condolences to the Cantsee family. Wishing you strength and guidance during this difficult time.
Thank you Aunt Mary Jane for your support through the years with prayers, singing, stories and teachings. I've known you all my life as you and your family sat with my Sleepy family through many ceremonies. Thank you for the shawl you gave me for graduation and the encouraging words to work hard in school. It was so good to see you at Denver March Powwow and you were still encouraging then. You will be missed.

Charlene & Chaské Pacheco

Bernalillo, New Mexico

Our deepest condolences to you and the family. Mary Jane was a wonderful woman and friend to meet in my lifetime she will be missed. Love and prayers for your heavy hearts.

Tsailee Kiro

Albuquerque, NM

My deepest condolences to the Cantsee family. I remember watching her dance at the Gathering Of Nations, how powerful it was to see her! Be on your beautiful journey to the other side, much love and respect.

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