Ellen "Ella" Wilmot Kempland Friend was born in St. Louis, MO 25 December 1877 to William Corbin Kempland and Jennie Penberthy. She had one sister and five brothers; two sisters died when they were very young. Ella graduated from a State Normal School in St. Louis with two diplomas - one as a teacher and one as a principal. In 1899 she and Robert Friend were married, and in 1912 their daughter, Eleanor Roberta, was born. The family moved to Los Angeles in 1922 because of Robert's poor health and then relocated to San Diego. Except for a brief time in Phoenix around 1930, Ella and Robert remained in California. She died 23 January 1938.
1873–1934 (m. 1899)