Della R. Amaya, was born in Eureka, Nevada on September 12, 1925, to Jose and Maria (Reyes) Rodriguez, where her father worked with the local ranchers. Soon after, the family of 6 moved to Riepetown, Nevada, where her father found work in the mines. When the Great Depression hit, the family moved to Las Vegas, where along the way Della’s youngest brother, Johnny, was born, completing the family of seven. The family lived in Las Vegas until the mines reopened in Riepetown, and the family returned to the area. That is where Della grew up and called home.