Mrs Amy Harrison Rhoan

  • Born: January 29, 1910
  • Died: May 4, 2012
  • Location: Ahwahnee, California

Palm Memorial Sierra Chapel

49269 Road 426
Oakhurst, CA 93644
Tel. (559) 683-4370

Tribute & Message From The Family

Amy Harrison was born on January 29, 1910, a full-blooded Paiute, to Ida and Willie Harrison in Mono Lake, California. She spent her childhood around Mono Lake, particularly around the Farrington ranch area that was owned by her grandfather, Bridgeport Tom. Later in life, she attended government boarding schools at Greenville and Fort Bidwell. After completing school, she worked as a housekeeper at the Tioga Lodge, which is near Lee Vining, California. In 1929, she attended the Yosemite Indian Field Days where she met her husband, Alvin Rhoan.

They married in 1930 and moved into the old Indian Village near Indian Creek in Yosemite. It was there that their first child, Joseph Rhoan, was born. In 1932, they moved to the new Indian Village located near Yosemite Lodge where the remainder of their children, Finn, Patrick, and Beatrice, were born.

Amy worked for the Curry Company cleaning tents at Yosemite Lodge; and, also worked in the laundry room. Amy and Alvin moved to Wawona where she worked as a maid at the Wawona Hotel until her retirement in 1989. When her husband retired in 1965, the couple moved to Ahwahnee where she resided until her death on May 4, 2012.

Amy is preceded in death by her husband Alvin Rhoan; eldest son, Joseph Rhoan Sr.; and grandchildren Bernadine Mattson and Ronald Rhoan. Amy is survived by son Finn Rhoan and his wife Betty of Mariposa; her daughter Beatrice Wilsey of Ahwahnee; and son Patrick Rhoan and his wife Natalie of Mariposa; half-sister Flora Murphy of Schurz, Nevada; and, 12 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and 3 great, great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held at the St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery on May 11, 2012 at
11 a.m. There will be no gathering after the service.