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About Lady Nellie
Lady Nellie, about her life
Nellie Morse Thompson, born in Oklahoma, a 90 years young Chocktaw Medicine Woman who never learned to read or write. As a chocktaw
Medicine Woman with a huge and profound connection with Mother Earth she is deeply rooted in Christianity. Jesus is her "main man" as she puts it (in
a conversation I had with her in September 2008). Lady Nellie says she has never been alone as Jesus has always been with her on this journey.
She went to school for forty days and was sent home with Rheumatic Fever and she was never able to return to school. Since that time, Nellie always
had a desire to go to school and get an education. As a child she contracted polio which still bothers her today with bouts of swelling in her legs. She
has to stay in bed a few days to recover with each bought and her disposition always remains sunny and she is a positive light for the world.
Nellie's father had worked as a surveyor for the Choctaw Lumber Company, hauling logs and railroad ties but still had time to teach his daughter about
plant medicines and the way of the Shaman. Nellie's father taught her carpentry and this amazing woman went on to build several homes on her own. In
fact, the home she lives in today is one she build with her own hands from the ground up.
Nellie was married very young to someone who had become physical abusive. This feisty high spirited woman decided she'd had enough and gathered
up her young children to leave. She and the children immediately began hitchhiking from Texas to California because the most important thing to Nellie
was for her children to receive a good education. This was the era when woman really didn't go out on their own as a general concept. She was a
ground breaker and path maker; has been all her life.
Over the years, Lady Nellie has received many plaques and awards for Appreciation and Recognition one of which was for years of service to the the
She now has two great grandchildren who are ready to begin college and she is praying long and hard for the funds to assist with tuition.
It has not been an easy life for Nellie but it has been an amazing journey filled with remarkable people, places and events in her charmed life.
She is a magical and mystical woman and I am honored to know her.