Ella “Tomi” Tomlin

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April 30, 1953 – November 30, 2018

Ella Belle "Tomi" Tomlin, 93, of Portland, OR died November 30, 2018, surrounded by her family. There was a funeral Mass for her on December 18, 2018 at St. Ignatius Church.

Ella Belle was born April 30, 1925 in Timber Lake to Chauncey and Edith Johnson. She was a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe.

As a girl she woke early to tend to the cattle and horses on the ranch. At 16, she moved to Seattle, WA to pursue a nursing career. She lived with her Aunt Evelyn, her mother’s sister, so she could train at St. Mary’s Hospital, beginning a long nursing career. She nursed injured World War II soldiers.

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