A Navajo WWII veteran died on Saturday, Jan. 25, at the age of 105.

Sophie Yazzie, the longest-living veteran in Arizona died at her Tucson home, according to Women Warriors Tucson. She was born and raised in Canyon de Chelly in 1914 and served in the Women’s Army Air Corps.

At 28, she enlisted with the U.S. Army Air Corps and served during World War II until she was honorably discharged, according to the Navajo Nation. 

Then, she returned home and worked at Wingate Boarding School while raising her children. She did not retire until she was 70. 

She is remembered by four children, five grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Her husband Jordan Yazzie predeceased her.

Gov. Doug Ducey tweeted to offer his condolences to Yazzie’s family, saying “Saddened to learn of the passing of Sophie Yazzie, a World War II Veteran and member of the Navajo Nation. At the age of 105, Sophie was one of the longest living female WWII veterans. Arizona is forever grateful for her service. Our prayers are with her loved ones.”

Yazzie’s funeral service has not been confirmed yet. The family is accepting donations, which can be sent to Kathleen Yazzie Lampert at 6110 E. 30th Street in Tucson.  

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