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.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I want to express my family's heartfelt sympathy at the loss of our beloved Amy. I've known Amy for most of my adult life but would only see her probably once or twice a year; either at the Yosemite Big Time Gathering or at the Spiritual Walk. Every time I saw Amy she'd say "Barbara's daughter"; referring to my mother, Barbara Summers Hess - my grandmother, Marjorie Farrington Summers was Amy's first cousin. Amy would always ask about her relatives in Bishop and I would update her on everyone. I will miss her smiling face but am happy knowing that she is with her loved ones who have walked the "star trail" before her. May the Creator bless us all.
- Earleen Hess-Williams

Posted by Earleen Hess-Williams - Bishop, CA - Third Cousin   May 14, 2012


Safe journey, Auntie. You lived a long & extraordinary life. Anyone who lives as many years as you did, to see all the changes the world has gone thru is truly an amazing person. You are pretty much the last of our line & for that you will be greatly missed. I will never forget growing up & having you & Uncle Al in my life. Take all the love from your family with you on your journey to be with the Creator. Say 'Hi" to Uncle Al for me, too. Love you much. Rest well.

Posted by Shell Rhoan Lewis - Oakdale, CA - Great niece   May 12, 2012

You welcomed me into your home. You welcomed me into the family and you welcomed me into your heart. I will never forget you.
With all my love and affection,

Posted by Arnel Handugan - South Prairie, WA - Former Grand Son in Law   May 10, 2012

Amy, you have blessed your family with many memories and traditions. May the Creator bless you all with Peace and Love.

Posted by Alan & Marsha Blaver - Lee Vining, CA - Distant cousin   May 09, 2012

She is truly a big loss to us all and will be deeply missed; my thoughts and prayers are with the family; I feel truly blessed I got to know her during the first annual Yosemite Walk and will always cherish those memories

Posted by Moosa Dominuges - sparks, NV - long time family friend   May 09, 2012

Our love goes with you on your journey.
We will miss your smiling face, your laugh and all those stories.
Until we see you again.

Our love,
Joe, Vikki, and Little Sophie

Posted by Joe and Vikki Rhoan - Oakhurst, CA - Grandson and Wife   May 09, 2012

My heart goes out to the family!

Posted by victoria spencer - raleigh, NC - granddaughter   May 09, 2012

"When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice."

Aunt Amy was a very special lady; your family was truly blessed... She will be missed. I am praying for all you that loved her.

Posted by Laura White - Coarsegold, CA   May 08, 2012


Gram, You have left so many memories in my heart - its terribly sad that I will never hug you or talk to you again. One of my fondest memories is when you called out my name, you always pronounced it as always reminded me of your grandma, Leeanna. Remember the rides we took and the pretty rocks we found? They didn't look so bright when I got them home. I always thought it was because you weren't there to make them pretty anymore. When dad brought us to your house, your kitchen always smelled amazing. I will miss you!!

Posted by Laisne - Fresno, CA - Granddaughter   May 08, 2012


R.I.P.......prayers to your family

Posted by Rachel Law and family - Fresno - friend   May 08, 2012

I love you, Gram. Grandpa will be sure happy to see you. Have fun together in your reunion in Heaven. We will see each other again soon.

Posted by Erick Rhoan - Fresno, CA - Great-Grandson   May 08, 2012


Posted by LYLE & ARLITA RHOAN SR. AND FAM - Warm Springs, OR - NEPHEW   May 08, 2012


We love you Amy, RIP!

With Love,
Kendra, Chris, Leamya (Great Great Grand Daughter), and Brooke

Posted by Kendra Foote & Chris Jackson - Linthicum, MD - Great Grand Daughter   May 08, 2012

RIP Amy from the Martinez family.

Posted by Joe Alcala - Boise, ID - Rhoan family of Yosemite   May 08, 2012

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Protest in Yosemite Valley

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Gram made the AP Newswire - Protest at Lower Yosemite Falls
Grandma and her Grandma Leanna Tom
The Family at Glacier Point

Life Stories

Grandma Amy was always an inspiration to my life. She taught my sister and I bead work, how to gather, prepare and make pine-needle baskets. I will miss working in the kitchen with her teaching us how to make torts (short for tortilla). I will miss all the times together down in Yosemite. Especially the picnics at Church Bowl. Grandma, you lived your life to the fullest. I will miss you and love you forever.

What a vibrant memory we have of was at a meeting at Mono Lake about six years ago. Amy and Dorthy Andrews were sitting together at the meeting, visiting like 'little old ladies' do when they get together. The meeting started and their visiting continued on with chatter and laughter. Being as they both were a little hard of hearing, their enthusiasm grew louder and it was so cute and heart warming to see them enjoy each other so much. Amy enjoyed Alan's talking with her in Mono Lake Paiute. She was such a delight to be around.