We trust that beyond absence there is a presence....
  • 92 years old
  • Born on February 9, 1919 in Van Buren, Arkansas, United States.
  • Passed away on August 12, 2011 in Santa Monica, California, United States.

On behalf of the family, we offer this memorial website to acknowledge and embrace the life of our beloved Queen Mother Roho Shinda, formally known as Thelma Patillo. We invite you to share your thoughts and images as you may be inspired to reflect.

Memorial Services will be held Friday, August 26, 2011 at 2pm - Angelus Funeral Home 3875 Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90008

In Lieu of sending condolence gifts please donate in honor of Roho Shinda to:

Friends of the Children of Lascahobas, Haiti - www.fclh.org

 

 

 

 

Posted by Kenneth Westfield on 28th October 2018
I have often said that the time you lived with me was the best time of my life. The time spent talking politics, family and life were the Best.
Posted by Terri Patillo on 13th August 2018
Love of a wise one is always missed....Forever in our Hearts grandmother, Roho. We love you!
Posted by Toni Patillo on 12th August 2018
Dearest Queen Mother Roho, mama, mom and mommie; It’s so hard to believe that it’s been 7 years since you made your transition. I have felt your presence on a regular basis. You have protected me, guided me, provided for me and embraced me through everything. While I miss your physical being, I know you are with me always. I know that you have brought people into my life and I know you have brought opportunities to me, and you have kept certain things away. You protected me along with many other heavenly hosts during my recent surgery. I am 100% certain of your grace. Thank you! Thank You! Thank You! I Love You Very Much!
Posted by Terri Patillo on 9th February 2018
In TEARS viewing these lovely photos again....Always in our hearts!
Posted by Terri Patillo on 9th February 2018
Happy 99th Birthday to my grandmother, Roho....thank you for your light and love. We miss you dearly!
Posted by Toni Patillo on 9th February 2018
Mom, Trish and I are so grateful and honored to have you as our Mother. Today you have 99 years of wisdom and grace! We thank you for your presence with us always, your protection, your guidance and your never ending Love and Goodness. We Thank You for your Contribution to this World and our Culture. Love, Light and Gratitude!
Posted by Donna L Kinsler on 9th February 2018
Beloved Roho Your light is with us forever I spent last Sunday with beloved Toni and Trish and felt your presence of love and peace. Blessings Donna
Posted by Toni Patillo on 13th August 2017
Hello Mama, It's hard to believe that it's been 6 years since you transitioned to join daddy, papa, mama, big fat mama, Howard, and Faye. By now you are joined with Vaughn and Sherri Patillo. Trish and I will carry the torch for the family now. Vaughn and Faye have a host of children, grand and great grand children. What a legacy you and dad have built. Thank you for your presence and continued protection. I will always miss you in the flesh, but will continue to know that you are with us always. I Love You and Thank You for Giving Me Life!
Posted by Toni Patillo on 9th February 2017
Happy Birthday and Solar Return Mama, Well by now Vaughn has joined you, daddy and our other relations. Trish and I miss you so much, but we feel your spirit daily. Thank you for your endless Love, Encouragement, Support and Wisdom. Love Always Toni
Posted by Kamau Sadiki on 12th August 2016
Mama Roho, forever keeping you and Baba Fundi in memory! The Circle is still unbroken. Thank you for your years of dedication to the uplift of humanity!
Posted by Doris Ayyoub on 12th August 2016
Roho, my book is back to me to go over the proofs. Toni knows that you are in it when I speak of how we struggled for equality in Yakima. Title is "The Best of Two Lives; Al Ahsan fi Hayat Ithnain" Publishing date is Fall. 2016.
Posted by Toni Patillo on 10th February 2016
I'd like to take this time to say "Happy Birthday and Solar Return Mom" I Will Always Love You and Miss You! Although I Feel Your Presence Always! RIP #RohoShinda Roho would be 97 today.
Posted by Donna L Kinsler on 9th February 2016
Beloved Roho's spirit is with us. Her bright light showers is with enlightenment that we continue to carry the torch of joy, peace, prosperity and love.
Posted by Kenneth Westfield on 17th August 2015
Roho, I think you know the 1 1/2 years you liveed with me in Las Vegas were the most memorial in my life. Talking politics, family, sharing stories about Papa, and other invaluable information you only get by living with someone an a daily basis. I certainly miss you!!!
Posted by Toni Patillo on 12th August 2015
Mom, It's hard to believe it's been 4 years. I miss you more now than ever. I'm so grateful that Trish, Vaughn and I can all be together. I know that you and daddy are very happy about that. Even though I miss your physical presence with us, I feel both you and daddy's spirit daily. Thank you again for laying such an amazing foundation for us. I Love You!
Posted by Kamau Sadiki on 12th August 2014
Mama Roho, your work and your spirit lives on in all of us that you touched, you taught, you loved. Asante sana Mama!! The love and light you left with us will forever lead us to a better humanity. We won't forsake you!
Posted by Terri Patillo on 13th August 2013
Time for peace, for we are as important as the stars. **. ~ Loving memories of my grandmother, Roho.
Posted by Toni Patillo on 13th August 2013
Mom, we feel your presence with us always. It is hard to believe it's been two years and there isn't a day that goes by that you're not in my heart. Thank you for your protection, your guidance, your direction and your magnificent orchestration of details. I love you!
Posted by Becki Rance on 12th August 2013
It's hard to imagine it's been two years since Roho's passing. Often times when i'm driving in downtown Seattle I smile remembering the day Roho and I took my kids to Seattle Art Museum and walked from the King Dome to Seattle Center with the promise of Ice Cream. She had my kids walking for hours with the promise of ice cream 4 hours later they finally got it....:)
Posted by Toni Patillo on 9th February 2013
It's so hard to believe that it will be 2 years in August since your transition. I am so grateful for your continued presence and protection. I feel your spirit everyday mom! Today when I came to your site, I was blown away to see 5,765 views to date. You would be amazed! As you would say "WOW!" Thank you again for your tireless, endless love and quality of life that you've given us. I love you so
Posted by Donna L Kinsler on 12th August 2012
I am blessed that I connected to beloved Queen Mother Roho.I vividly remember her sharing her wisdom and enlightenment, She is still in business just moved upstairs. Blessings and love
Posted by Toni Patillo on 12th August 2012
Mom, It's hard to believe it's been 1 year since you transitioned. The truth is you've never been closer. It doesn't surprise me that you've had over 3,500 visitors and you will always be cherished and honored. I love you and will always celebrate your life. Thank you for the amazing Life you've given me.
Posted by Trish Turner on 10th February 2012
I am so emotional, it was your birthday yesterday and this is the first chance I've had to light a candle. Yesterday I woke up and was feeling very strange, I said oh it's mama's birthday, I also felt numb, my eyes filled with tears. I miss you soooooooo much mama, and I thank you for all the lessons you've taught me throughout my life. you are now and will always be with me.
Posted by ANGELA GILLIAM on 9th February 2012
Oh, Roho, how much I miss talking politics with you. So glad to see your picture at this site where you remind me of Nelson Mandela. While I was in Brazil in November, Paulo Silva and I talked about how grateful and surprised we all were to hear your fabulous voice sing Summertime at that party he took you, Toni and me to. You still inspire our love, and definitely my activism.
Posted by Heather Sparks on 9th February 2012
My mother Betty MacGregor does not have internet so am putting this in at her request. On Jan 9th, 2012, she was thinking of Roho when she wrote a letter to the editor of the Yakima-Herald Republic as follows: "I flinch when I read or hear the phrase "majority minority". We have created a descriiption that again assures whites are superior and in control". You are greatly missed Roho!!
Posted by Toni Patillo on 9th February 2012
Mom, I am so emotionally moved today. It's your birthday 2012 and I miss you so much. It hit me in such a big way, it's as though I've been numb until now. Tears of joy and sadness flow and yet you are here. Thank you again for your tireless, endless love and quality of life that you've given us.
Posted by Brook Bello on 30th August 2011
I will remember her brilliant EYES and the tender way in which she welcomed me when we first met years ago and also how when we shook hands how her hand shake and something so sweet in it... She will be missed and on behalf of myself and my husband Ted Bello Blessings...
Posted by ANGELA GILLIAM on 17th August 2011
I´ll remember savoring your struggles for equality, sharing hopeful spirits in DC as we joined public Inauguration of President Obama, your joy at being a participant of the Durban I meeting against Racism. Amen, Warrior Woman for Justice and Granddaughter of a Civil War Vet.

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