In Loving Memory of Tribal Elder,
Christine G. Riddle Allen
Christine Grazelda Riddle Allen, 92, went home to be with her Lord on January 17, 2020, at her home in Klamath Falls, Oregon, while surrounded by family. At the time of death, she was the oldest known Modoc, Yahooskin Paiute elder in Klamath County.
She was born March 13, 1927, at Paiute Camp near Beatty, to Simeon B. and Elsie (Noneo) Riddle Sr. Her siblings included sisters; Angie, Geneva, Roselind, and Melba. Brothers; Simeon Jr., Raymond, Warren, and 2 siblings that died as infants. She was the granddaughter of Jefferson D. and Amanda (Schonchin) Riddle. Jefferson Riddle wrote, “The Indian History of the Modoc War,” which included an account of Winema’s service as an interpreter during the war. She was the great-granddaughter of Frank and Nanooktowa Toby “Winema” Riddle.
Christine attended school in Bonanza and worked during her teenage years in Frank Smiths store in Beatty making banana splits and malts. She later performed clerical work at Klamath Agency alongside her older sister, Roselind. Later in her life she worked as a housekeeper at the Winema Inn in Klamath Falls. She also served as the Chairwoman for the MADD Drug and Alcohol Task Force and was a part of the neighborhood watch.
As a young girl, she spent her summers with her parents and siblings at the Sycan Marsh as her dad worked as a line rider. She enjoyed many outdoor activities, including riding horses, hiking, boating, riding quads, and floating the Sycan River. She gathered many different types of plants, such as wocus, ipos, and wild celery, wild plums, elderberries, huckleberries, and chokecherries. Christine collected walking sticks from various types of wood. She also collected rocks from everywhere she traveled. Her favorite place to collect rocks was in Happy Camp, California, where she looked forward to going every year for the annual spring Basket Weavers gathering. She always appreciated when family or friends would bring her rocks or send her postcards from their travels.
She was always so caring and concerned when visitors would leave, asking them if they had their gloves, coat, flashlight or anything to keep them comfortable. It was her request that they let her know when they arrived home.
She was an avid reader who liked to attend educational conferences and research a variety of topics. She attended the Methodist Church and was a woman who often spoke of her faith and was known to quiz her grandchildren and others about the Ten Commandments. One of her biggest concerns or conversation pieces was the upkeep of the family cemetery, Chief Schonchin Cemetery. Her parting words were always “Bless you”.
Survivors include her children, Warren James Riddle Sr., Debra L. Riddle, John R. Decker, Aaron D. Decker, Joe A. Allen, Evon D, Cleven, Diane H. Allen, Ardeen C. Allen, Audra K. Allen; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her children, Henry A. Allen, David B. Allen, Janice L. Tupper, and Vaunette R. Allen.
At her request, no services will be held and no photo is posted. Her cremains will be interred in Chief Schonchin Cemetery near Beatty.