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Nellie Bridget Main
December 3, 1939 ~ December 26, 2023 (age 84) 84 Years Old
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Hays, Montana - With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of our beloved Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Auntie, Sister and Friend Nellie Bridget Lame Bull-Main after her long courageous battle with cancer. Nellie Bridget Lame Bull - Main “Nèe-be-a-hee” (The Singer), went to the Lord on Tuesday, December 26th, 2023 surrounded by loved ones in her home, as she wished. She was a proud member of the Gros Ventre Tribe of the Fort Belknap Agency.
Nellie was born on the Fort Belknap Agency on December 3rd 1939, daughter of Cecilia and Andrew Lame Bull Sr. Nellie had lived on the Yakama Indian Reservation in Toppenish then returned home to Hays, Montana in 1960 for a short time where she fell in love and married Walter “Jerome” Main. They shared a beautiful marriage of 59 years, bringing 5 children into the world. Jerome’s Law Enforcement career took Nellie and their children to many places such as: Ft. Peck, MT; Everett, WA; Warm Springs, OR; Billings, MT; Washington D.C. and returning to live in Hays.
Nellie was charismatic, resilient, determined, and fun loving but also very diligent in her work. Nellie was a lifelong learner who was proud of her educational achievements and obtained a Bachelor's degree in Human Services at Eastern Montana college in 1994. She worked as a Bilingual Aide at the grade school in Harlem and in Hays at the Tribal Head Start program. Nellie always had the goal of instilling a love of education in her students. She was also a significant inspiration for her grandchildren’s love of education, always encouraging their studies and expressing her pride in their determination.
Nellie had a special love for her grandpa Bob Tailbear, her nephews Rufus Lame Bull and Derek Powell.
Both Nellie and her husband Jerome had a strong spiritual connection in their Catholic faith, always giving of themselves, to the church, and the community. Through their devotion, they attended monthly meetings at the Kateri Northwest Ministry Institute in Great Falls, Montana. Nellie loved to travel and often shared her experiences while in Rome and in New York.
Nellie is survived by her children Cathleen Main, Tracey Thomas (John), Nathan Main (Becky), Angie Main (James) and brother Ted Lamebull Sr. She had many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren that she loved and were precious to her.
Nellie’s preceded in death by husband Walter “Jerome” Main, parents Andrew and Cecelia Lamebull, son Robert Main Sr., siblings are Rufus Lamebull, Rose Oden, Charles Lamebull, Monica Werk, Beatrice Stiffarm, Andrew Lamebull Jr., and Francis Lamebull.
Rosary and Wake services will be held on Thursday, December 28th, 2023 at the Main residence in Hays at 7:00 pm. Funeral Mass will be held Friday, December 29th,2023 at St. Paul’s Mission at 11:00 am in Hays with burial to follow. Arrangements have been made with Wilderness Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Chinook.