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Betty Joan Ozunas

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Betty Joan Ozunas of Ridgecrest, CA and Mt. Shasta, CA passed on Feb 12, 2022 at the Palmdale Regional Medical Center following a heart attack at her Ridgecrest home. Her husband Gary was present at her passing.

Betty was the oldest of 3 children, born to Leslie and Nina Mills. Betty was born Dec 10, 1928, her brother Bob (now deceased) was the middle child and then Mac (now deceased). The Mills family eventually moved to the back hills of Arkansas where they lived in a logging camp. The parents lived in Ark, struggling to make a living and feed the 3 young children. They then moved to Oklahoma where Betty’s father obtained a job working in a glass factory. The family still struggled to make a living while in OK. Betty’s family had to do lots of farming, plant their own garden, raise their own pigs for meat, and milk a cow 2 times a day.

Betty’s Dad decided they should move to Calif where jobs were easier to find, and pay was so much better than Oklahoma during the Depression. Betty’s Dad left for CA first, got a job, found a small house to rent then sent money for his family to join him. Betty’s Mom and siblings had been living with family friends while Dad was in CA. When the time came to leave for CA, this friend decided she and her 4 kids would drive Mom and her three kids to CA. Also wishing to go to CA was the friend’s father-in-law and Betty’s Uncle. Count them up, a total of 11 people in a 1936 Chevy plus a full size cedar chest which sat between the front and back seats. This family did not have much money in those early days, and after both Mom and Dad got jobs and a steady pay check.

When WWII started the family moved to the Bay Area of CA and both parents received work at the Benicia Army Depot. The family lived in military housing for a while and the 3 kids went to the local schools. Betty’s Dad decided all of the kids would take a turn at preparing the dinner. The brothers always mad at their sister because she could always talk Dad into doing her dishes since she had “just painted her finger nails”.

Betty married Bud Hill, in 1948 while attending Whittier College. Betty ultimately had four children, Carol Hill Eaton, Michael Hill (deceased), Arley Hill (wife Sharon), and Edward Hill. Eventually the Hill family moved to the Lone Pine, CA area where Betty worked for many years at the Lone Pine Hospital. Betty Hill later divorced Bud Hill and moved to Ridgecrest CA where she worked at the Ridgecrest Regional Hospital.

Betty married Gary Ozunas in 1982 and remained with him until her passing. Betty enjoyed square dancing, cooking, knitting-crocheting, and RVing. She thoroughly enjoyed her 51 year membership in the Order Of the Eastern Star. She also enjoyed being with her 9 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be held at Mount Shasta Memorial Park and Chapel on Friday, February 25, 2022 with a viewing at 10AM followed by Graveside Service at 12PM.

Posted online on February 21, 2022

Published in Mount Shasta Herald

Betty Joan Ozunas of Ridgecrest, CA and Mt. Shasta, CA passed on Feb 12, 2022 at the Palmdale Regional Medical Center following a heart attack at her Ridgecrest home. Her husband Gary was present at her passing.

Betty was the oldest of 3 children, born to Leslie and Nina Mills. Betty was born Dec 10, 1928, her brother Bob (now deceased) was the middle child and then Mac (now deceased). The Mills family eventually moved to the back hills of Arkansas where they lived in a logging camp. The parents lived in Ark, struggling to make a living and feed the 3 young children. They then moved to Oklahoma where Betty’s father obtained a job working in a glass factory. The family still struggled to make a living while in OK. Betty’s family had to do lots of farming, plant their own garden, raise their own pigs for meat, and milk a cow 2 times a day.

Betty’s Dad decided they should move to Calif where jobs were easier to find, and pay was so much better than Oklahoma during the Depression. Betty’s Dad left for CA first, got a job, found a small house to rent then sent money for his family to join him. Betty’s Mom and siblings had been living with family friends while Dad was in CA. When the time came to leave for CA, this friend decided she and her 4 kids would drive Mom and her three kids to CA. Also wishing to go to CA was the friend’s father-in-law and Betty’s Uncle. Count them up, a total of 11 people in a 1936 Chevy plus a full size cedar chest which sat between the front and back seats. This family did not have much money in those early days, and after both Mom and Dad got jobs and a steady pay check.

When WWII started the family moved to the Bay Area of CA and both parents received work at the Benicia Army Depot. The family lived in military housing for a while and the 3 kids went to the local schools. Betty’s Dad decided all of the kids would take a turn at preparing the dinner. The brothers always mad at their sister because she could always talk Dad into doing her dishes since she had “just painted her finger nails”.

Betty married Bud Hill, in 1948 while attending Whittier College. Betty ultimately had four children, Carol Hill Eaton, Michael Hill (deceased), Arley Hill (wife Sharon), and Edward Hill. Eventually the Hill family moved to the Lone Pine, CA area where Betty worked for many years at the Lone Pine Hospital. Betty Hill later divorced Bud Hill and moved to Ridgecrest CA where she worked at the Ridgecrest Regional Hospital.

Betty married Gary Ozunas in 1982 and remained with him until her passing. Betty enjoyed square dancing, cooking, knitting-crocheting, and RVing. She thoroughly enjoyed her 51 year membership in the Order Of the Eastern Star. She also enjoyed being with her 9 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be held at Mount Shasta Memorial Park and Chapel on Friday, February 25, 2022 with a viewing at 10AM followed by Graveside Service at 12PM.

Posted online on February 21, 2022

Published in Mount Shasta Herald