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In Loving Memory: Rose Tecumseh

In Loving Memory,

Ms, Angelena (Rose) Tecumseh. she was born Nov 16, 1946 in Klamath Falls, Ore. She made her Journey home to be with her Lord and Savior on Sep 01, 2020 with her family by her side. She was an enrolled Member and Elder of the Klamath Tribes. She was a direct Modoc descendant of Winema (Toby) & Frank Riddle, her Great Great-Grandma, Great-Grandfather Jeff Riddle (Amanda Schonchin) and Grandfather Simeon B. (Audema George) Riddle. Her Parents were Lester & Angie (Riddle) Tecumseh. She was the niece to the late Christina Allen and Celia Jefferson. She was raised in Beatty, Oregon.  She attended grade school in Bly, Ore. until the family moved to Klamath Falls. When she was a teenager. She attended Klamath Union High School and went on to graduate from Business school in Medford, Oregon.  She worked for Klamath Tribal Health & Family Services-Finance Department for 25 years and loved and enjoyed serving her tribe.  Through the years she served on various committees from: The Klamath Tribes Restoration Rodeo committee, Restoration Powwow & Royalty committee, The All Indian Basketball Tournament committee, Kla-Mo-Yo Board of Directors and the Klamath Tribes Economic Development Board.  Her heart has always been to better the tribe and to see all of the tribal members prosper. Rose owned and operated her own retail business RJ’s Campus casual and worked at Nybacks flowers and various retail stores in Klamath prior to working for Tribal Health. She raised her children Jerry Mellentine and Amanda Mellentine to be great stewards of the land and to respect all living creatures big and small and to give thanks to God every day for it is he who has blessed us.

Some words she asked to be read as she was 1 of 5 elders chosen by the culture and heritage committee during the celebration of the return of the c’waam ceremony in 2019. “I am thankful to be thought of and considered to be a part of this celebration. I have lived here in beautiful Klamath County my whole life “Today I ask our Heavenly Father to bless our tribal people, our land we call home and the streams and rivers and lakes to be restored, refreshed, revived, and renewed to health and prosperity for all generations to enjoy.  Many blessings to all as we continue on the Journey in life.”  Sincerely, Rose Tecumseh. 

Our beautiful, funny, sweet, caring, loving, prayer warrior mom. Left a great legacy for us. She taught us to always put God first to do as the word says and seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. She was strong on the belief of standing on the word of God and having that firm foundation in him. She was raised and attended church at the Beatty Methodist/Klamath Assembly of God and she spent her early years of life dedicated to driving the Sunday school van and picking up kids for children’s church, teaching Sunday school, singing in the choir, helping with the youth group the (CA’s). There was a time though when she had “a season of her life” where her choice’s lead her on a different path after the passing of her dad Lester, but with the prayers of her family, church family that season came to an end 36 years ago and she never looked back she spent the rest of her life dedicated back to her first love, her savior Jesus. He was her hope; he was her everything. She loved and enjoyed life to the fullest. Our mom was a beautiful blessing, she was a wonderful daughter, mother, sister, auntie, cousin, and niece. She had so many special lifelong friends and family; Linda (Walker) Bagley from Warm Springs, Melva Fye (Cook), Lillian Watah, Jackie Galbreath. Brandi Hatcher, Jeanne McNair, Kelly Hawk, Norma Jean and way too many other friends to mention! But you know she loved all her buddies and all her colleagues at Tribal health and all the special crew who she loved so much in the Finance office at KTHFS. All the ladies and their families at the Klamath Assembly of God, her mentor Moreta Fosner and she had so many crazy rodeo gals and pals you know who you are!! Thank you for loving our mom, caring for her, praying for her and watching over her during those years. Our mom was our best friend who will be greatly greatly missed! we spent many years as weekend warriors traveling to Palm Springs, Reno/Tahoe, Seattle, Las Vegas, Northern California & Oregon coast. She loved to travel! One of the best hopes we can share is our family says is our mom is not in the past, although we have great memories of our loved one, Mom is in our future and oh man what a day that will be when we see her and all of our loved ones again!! 

Thank you to the awesome nursing staff at SLMC. Dr. West, Dr. Warren, Dr. Shaheen, Dr. Panossian, Dr. Carlini. And many others who were there to care for her. Thank you to Paul Davenport and Matt Hoffman. Thank you for all for your professionalism, compassion and passion for the service you provided for her. We appreciated all that you did for her.

KTHFS -Dr. Chris Brown, Anjanette Devine. Thank You

Tribal Council and KTHFS Leadership Thank you! For honoring Rose with a moment of silence and all the kind words of love and thoughtful support when she had passed. I also Thank KTHFS for having an Honoring for her for her 25 Yrs of service as an employee. Her children were honored with Pendleton’s at the all staff meeting in August 2021.

Rose leaves; her son Jerry Mellentine Jr (Brenda). Daughter Amanda R. Mellentine. Granddaughter Alannah. Brothers Lester “Jeff” Tecumseh, Stan Tecumseh.  Many nephews and nieces from the families of the Tecumseh, Mellentine, Schlecht, Lake, Phillips, Shirley and Stork.  She will proceed in death by her Parents Lester & Angie, Brother Anthony (Tony) Tecumseh, Nephew Stuart Tecumseh, Niece Audema Tecumseh, great nephew Lil Anthony Tecumseh, Great niece Shastina Tecumseh.   Due to covid we choose to not have a service at the time. Rose also didn’t want no one to get covid by gathering. But one thing we do ask is when you see the changes of the leaves in the fall and the beautiful colors that it brings “Think of her”, remember her laughter and kindness and share some of that with those around you. Her dad taught her and us to always leave people better then how you found them. There’s always going to be a chance to help, if you can help your neighbor do it! Inspire, encourage and just be kind.  

Mom  (moo ?ams ni stinta gawina once or-Ooncha)

I love you very much we will meet again later!        

Moms Favorite verse Isaiah 40:31 They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength

Thank You

Amanda R. Mellentine