Anita Rome was born December 12, 1923 in Covelo, CA, to her father Charles Wright and mother Madora James Wright. Anita passed away August 13, 2014 at the age of ninety, after a short illness. Anita was the last surviving offspring of Charles Wright, who was one of the original Nome Cult Walkers that were forcibly removed from their lands in the Sacramento Valley and relocated to Round Valley in 1863. The walk is better known as Northern California's Trail of Tears. He made the walk when he was around five years old and Anita was born when he was sixty-five. Anita was a member of the Concow and Wailaki tribes. Anita lived in Hulls Valley and attended school at Red Hills school where she rode her horse several miles a day. She was later sent to boarding school in Carson City, Nevada. It was customary to remove Indian children from their homes and send them away to attend school. After school, she married and raised her family. She was a seamstress and quilt maker, she liked working in her garden and was known for her beautiful embroidery work. She was a nature lover and some of her best memories and stories were of hunting, horseback riding, camping and fishing with her niece Kathy Cook. Through the years she had favorite pets such as her cat named Cat and her dog named Dog. She leaves Mittens the cat behind. Anita was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Rome, as well as two sisters, Grace Fulwilder, and Eva Peters, two brothers, George Wright and Benjamin Wright and two grandsons, Joseph Gallegos and Ransome Gray. She is survived by her five children, DeAnna Barney, Covelo, Betty Matthews(Cecil Matthews), Redwood Valley, Charlotte Bauer(Nick Smith), Covelo, Alfreda Gallegos, Covelo, William Bauer(Debi Bauer), Covelo and her stepson Ricky Rome Seward, Alaska. Also 14 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, 1 great, great grandchild and many nieces and nephews. Internment is August 20, 2014 at Valley View Cemetery, Covelo, CA. Funeral services were held for Anita Rome of Covelo, CA on Friday, August 15,2014 at Anker-Lucier Mortuary, Willits, CA.
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Published in Ukiah Daily Journal on Aug. 19, 2014