Haskell Indian Nations University (HINU) Mail Clerk Althea “Bea” Dawn Tapahonso Eaton, self-described as the university Postmistress, passed at the age of 50 on March 26. Althea’s family will be holding a viewing in Lawrence on March 30 and she will be laid to rest on April 2 in Fruitland, New Mexico. Althea joins her late husband Fredrico Eaton who passed 4 years prior. Donations are being collected for the family to offset funeral costs and to support her children (click here).
Althea’s death marks a great loss for the HINU community. She was the advisor for Off-Campus Club, served on the Commencement Committee, and helped students with children find Christmas gifts. She is preceded in death by HINU colleagues David Charles Bohannon (58), Nia Schedxnider (30), Margaret Ann Wermy (64), and Patricia “Pati” Wakolee, who all passed this last year. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Althea and her family, along with the HINU community of whom these tragedies have impacted.