SEASIDE — Ova M. Tomlinson, 95, of Ocean Park, Wash., passed away on Jan. 4, 2017 after a short illness in Seaside, Ore. Ova was born Aug. 21, 1921, in Pueblo, KY, the daughter of Elizabeth Ann Morrow and Wilburn Franklin Miller.
She grew up in Wyoming and Montana, riding horseback to school with her brother and sister. Ova graduated from Bozeman High School, Bozeman, Mont., and from business school in Billings, Mont. She worked as a bookkeeper for Story Motor Company in Bozeman and Three Forks Portland Cement Company in Three Forks, Mont.
Ova married Cecil E. Tomlinson, and after living in Glendive, Mont., and Marysville, Wash., they retired to Ocean Park, Wash., in 1988.
Ova and Cecil loved living on the Long Beach Peninsula, and Ova could be seen on her daily five-mile walk along the beach in Surfside until a couple of years ago. Ova enjoyed outings to Subway, The Lost Roo, the Cottage Bakery, the old Shelburne Restaurant and Pub, and the Shilo Restaurant. She was particularly interested in the Columbia River Bar, and read everything she could get her hands on about the subject. Ova was a certified as an Expert Marksman, and she was a wonderfully accomplished ice skater who adored ice skating with her husband, friends, and family members. Ova enjoyed dancing, sports (especially basketball), and theater.
Ova was predeceased by her parents, husband, and brother, Cleveland Marion Miller. She is survived by her sister, Leila Miller Polston; nieces, Mary Polston Sosa, Susan Holland, and Jacqueline Loman; and nephew, Clyde Aldridge. Cremation has taken place, with remains to be interred at Riverside Cemetery in Portland alongside her husband and brother.