Ethelena Marie Bill of Willows died in Chico on Saturday, June 18, 2022. She was born in Willows to Harlene McDaniel Mitchell and Robert Bill, Sr., on June 13, 1961.
She went to school at Stonyford, Princeton, and Colusa Elementary, and Willows High School. After high school, she worked at Willows Convalescent Hospital as a laundry attendant.
Later, she moved to Dixon, where she worked at Kragen’s Auto Parts Distribution Center as a stocker. In 2007, “Eds” moved back to Willows.
She was a member of the Kletsel Dehe Wintun Nation tribe.
Ethelena “Eds” Bill enjoyed arts and crafts, going to the casino, shopping, getting her hair done, and going to her traditional dances and dinners. She enjoyed the company of others and loved to tell a good story.
Her humor and smile were infectious. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Ethelena “Eds” is survived by her mother, Harlene Mitchell of Willows; sisters Nadine Mitchell of Willows and Elizabeth Wilson of Redding; brothers Harold Mitchell of Redding, Charles Mitchell of Willows, Everett T. Mitchell of Cassville, Mo., and Brian Mitchell of Red Bluff.
She wasn’t fortunate to have children of her own but she has seven nieces and eight nephews whom she loved and was very proud of: Nichole, Carlena, Dawn, Samantha, Mya, MaKena, Marissa, Rob, Nick, Jason, Nathan, Donovan, Evan, Ethan and Micha. Also, two great-nephews, Laytan and Anthony, and a great-niece, Satayvah.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Oscar McDaniel and Ethel McDaniel, and Alphosine Kirk and Clyde Kirk; stepfather Everett C. Mitchell; sister Alvagene Mitchell; and aunties Eileen Berryessa, Agnes Burrows, and Genevieve Burrows; uncle Harold R. Mitchell; father Robert Bill, Sr.; and brother Greg Bill.
A viewing is scheduled from 3 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28, at F.D. Sweet and Son, 114 North Shasta Street, Willows. Funeral services are planned for 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 29, also at F.D. Sweet and Son Willows.
Pallbearers are to be Ron Kirk, Harold Mitchell, Charles Mitchell, Brian Mitchell, Everett C. Mitchell, and Rick Wilson. Andy Dolson is to be the officient.
Burial is to follow at the Willows Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of F.D. Sweet and Son, Willows.