Marchia J. (Tillman) AllenJan 27, 2013 Staff
Marchia J. (Tillman) Allen, of Fort Washakie, died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, at her home following a lengthy illness. She was 70 years old.
Roman Catholic rosary and wake are at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, at Rocky Mountain Hall.
Roman Catholic burial rites are conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, also at Rocky Mountain Hall.
Burial follows at Sacajawea Cemetery under the direction of the Hudson's Funeral Home of Lander. A feast and giveaway will follow after burial, also at Rocky Mountain Hall.
Marchia J. Tillman was born March 9, 1942, the daughter of Ethel (Wesaw) Tillman and Albert Tillman of Fort Washakie.
She attended Fort Washakie Government School, and then attended Haskell Indian High School in Lawrence, Kan., where she met and later married Irvine Dale Ell in 1961.
She had a daughter, Pauline Tana (Tillman) Welsh, that year.
The couple later divorced. She met James Monon Allen in 1965 and adopted a son, Kenneth J. Allen, in 1968.
She spent several years with Jimmy Allen until his death in 1991.
Her family said she enjoyed being around family and friends, especially her great-granddaughters, Marquelle and Carmelle.
She also liked beading, and she found interest in reading old Shoshone tales. Going to the casino was also a favorite pastime.
Her family recalled that she loved when it rained and thundered, and she found comfort in the sound and smells of rainstorms.
She liked to cook and hang out in the kitchen and talk about "good old days" when she was a little girl.
"She was a very good listener when you needed somebody to talk to, she gave great advice when you needed it, and she wasn't shy to speak her mind and tell you how it is," the family said.
"She was a great, well-respected lady and a blessing to be around. She always found it in her heart to help others when in need, and if she couldn't, she would find a way.
"She was a very loving woman and she will be missed by all."
She is survived by her immediate children, Pauline Welsh and Kenneth Allen; grandchildren Sonya Allen, Marcus Welsh and Emmett Goggles; great-grandchildren Marquelle Welsh and Carmelle Welsh; siblings Elsie Norah, Mildred Weeks, Lydia Harris and Julia Lamm; brother-in-law Starr Weed Sr. and family; and numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband James Allen; parents Ethel and Albert Tillman; sisters Ruby Bolin, Irene Quinn, Delores Track, Lavina Sanchez, Vida Haukaas and Loraine (Leonard) Weed; and brothers Thedore Roberts, Alvin Leonard and Ralph Tillman.