Reitha Barbara Amen

September 10, 1925April 5, 2012


1925 - 2012

Reitha B. Amen passed away at home on Thursday, April 5, 2012.

Reitha was born in Goose Valley, California on September 10, 1925 to Lela Grant-Rhodes and Oney Marion Rhodes.

Known to most as "Gran" or "Tiny", she was a proud and honored elder of the Pit River Tribe and a gifted storyteller.

She is survived by her daughter Gail Blake, son Michael Amen, sisters Charlotte Goodner, nine grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Reitha was preceded in death by her brothers Erie and Willard Rhodes, sister Marian Rhodes, son Dennis Amen and cherished grandsons Cody "Buck" Amen and Daniel "Babe" Blake.


  • Visitation Thursday, April 12, 2012
  • Chapel Service Thursday, April 12, 2012

Reitha Barbara Amen

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Jay Studer

July 29, 2012

Aunt Tiny, I love you and hope you know how much you blessed my life, cant wait to see you in our next life.


April 26, 2012

Gran was a wonderful woman who made a difference in everyones she came in contact with. She loved everyone and was a gifted storyteller. Thoughts and prayers are with the family

Debbie and Guy

April 15, 2012

Gail - We are so sorry to hear about your mother passing. She was a nice person and so well respected in the community. We miss you!

Bruce Nevin

April 13, 2012

This is difficult for me to write. Tiny was a dear friend and a warm presence in my life from the time I first met her in 1970. That was not long after I started working with her mother, who I called Grandma Lela. Tiny never did learn the language, except some words -- at that time and in her generation few did -- but she did learn the stories, and she had the gift as a story teller. We worked together in the Eastern Shasta County Indian Community Center when it started in 1973 under Paul Hinze's direction. After Paul died, I was called away elsewhere, in the way that the Spirit moves us all through this life, but Tiny and I always stayed in touch. I called her sometimes around the time of her birthday in September. A few times I got to visit over the years.

Then one day she decided to drive across the country by herself and see other places. She came to visit me and my family in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Our youngest daughter, Katrina, came downstairs looking for someone named "Tiny" and was some surprised that the person sitting in our kitchen was so very much bigger than she. But she got over that, and the two girls loved the stories about the little Ajjat that Tiny told them.

Tiny's mother was named Yámáálit'wííta, "Everbloom", because her grandfather had a vision of her surrounded by many flowers ('ámál) -- signifying her children, especially the girls. Tiny was a splendid blossom on her family tree, and an adornment to her people. Her gentle influence, like a spiritual fragrance, lingers in the hearts and conduct of all of us who were touched by her.

June Avelar

April 12, 2012

So sorry to hear about Tiny passing away. She was a great lady and devoted her life to her family and was a gifted storyteller. She was also a great teacher.My last contact with Tiny was when she taught a basket weaving class in Burney.RIP Tiny,

June Avelar & Family


April 12, 2012


Tammy Wilson

April 12, 2012

I am thankful for the time i had to get to know Reitha, she was such a kind gentle woman. My thought's and prayers are with the family in this very difficult time.

Allie Singleton

April 12, 2012

Rest in peace. You are in gods arms now.

Burns Family

April 12, 2012

We only knew her as Gran. She lived for her family, gave her traditions, and loved as big as the sky. Words can not say enough what we all have lost. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Amen's.

Olivia ForrestDavis

April 11, 2012

Our condolences to our Honored Elder Reitha Amen's family and all whom have had the honor of being in her gracious presence. She will be surely missed. We are so blessed to have known her and will carry her kindness in our hearts forever.
The ForrestDavis Family (From Idaho and California)