Anne Martha Beatrice Tortez Hamilton made her journey into the last direction on Thursday, July 9, 2015.
Anne was born at the Soboba Indian Hospital on September 6, 1932 to her parents Rosanda Apapas Hopkins Tortez Lugo of Cahuilla Reservation and Joseph Domingo Tortez of Santa Rosa Reservation.
Anne lived her life on the Cahuilla Reservation with her Mother Rosanda and Stepfather Guadelupe Lugo and sister Cleophas Lugo Lansing. Anne recalled this time to be the happiest and most beautiful years of her life. As she helped her parents care for the herds of cattle by saddling her horse to drive the herds across the Cahuilla lands of her ancestors the Apapatkiktem.
Anne attended the Little Red School House in Anza with a handful of other students from nearby Anza, Cahuilla and Santa Rosa. Some of the years were trying as she was taken from her parents and forced to attend boarding schools at St. Bonafice in Banning, and then onto St. Johns in Arizona. Later she went on to complete her junior year in high school after she found herself sick from the school bus fumes from the long commute to and from school.
Anne was married in her twenties to Frank Hamilton and they raised their four children and resided on the Cahuilla Reservation.
Anne worked as a waitress and caregiver at Warner Springs, Riverside, and Hemet area. Anne observed the importance of continuing on the Cahuilla Language and began teaching many students on the Santa Rosa, Cahuilla and Ramona Reservations and many other classes abroad in the early 1980s through June 2015. Anne was frequently called upon to give blessing over many events, gatherings, and ceremonies where her prayers will forever be remembered.
Anne has also been asked to take part in many interviews, documentaries and recordings regarding the rich history of the Cahuilla People.
Anne lost her eldest son James Frank C. Hamilton in 2012 and is survived by Joseph Domingo Hamilton, Manuel William Hamilton both from the Ramona Reservation and Rose Ann Esther Hamilton from the Cahuilla Reservation; Grandchildren: Teena Collins, James F. Hamilton, Thomas J. Hamilton, Michael C. Hamilton, Jessica S. Hamilton, Nick Hamilton, Kit G. Garcia, Eva. F. Garcia, Lil Dove Garcia, Gerald Joseph Dworschak, Skyylr Frank Hamilton; Great Grandchildren: Alvin, DeJanee, Aubrey, Shaana, Jacob, Baby James, Blossom, Tommy, Devin, Sierra, Rosalina, Joseph, Danae, Marisa, Tristen, Tehya, Amara, Kaulana, and Ennishil Hunwitt.
Anne will be greatly missed by many and will be honored in the best way we know how this weekend.
With great Sadness…Ceremony for Anne Tortez Hamilton
Rosary: Friday, July 17, 2015 at 7 p.m.
Location: Our Lady of the Snows Cahuilla Reservation followed by All Night Wake
Mass: Saturday, July 18, 2015 at 10 a.m. burial to follow at Cahuilla Reservation.
Hecoos Achungngah Mukveh Pah Penicheveh…
“Drug and Alcohol Free Ceremony”