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Jeanne Billy

August 12, 2015 - August 12, 2015

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BILLY, Jeanne Pete Parrish Chose her day, Wednesday, August 12, 2015 to peacefully cross over to the spirit world in her home surrounded by her loved ones. She is preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Julia Pete; and her siblings, Rita Da Silva, Clarence Pete, Francis Pete, Josephine Shackleford, Patricia Nash, Jim Pete and Theresa Smith. Jeanne is survived by the sister that helped raise her, Lorraine Wallach; adored brother, Paul Pete; her amazingly fun family, Monica Parrish (Lazaro Sr.) Crespo, Rick (Genie) Parrish, Dennis (Tonya) Parrish, Barry (Carol) Parrish, Mike Parrish, Betsy (Pablo) Parrish Cobarrubia, Valerie Parrish, Rhoda (Robert) Parrish Tapia, Claudia (Martin) Delacruz and Delmar (Liz) Billy, Jr.; and two amusingly entertaining ex-husbands, Otis Parrish and Delmar Billy Sr. She has 27 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren. Jeanne was a mother and family manager. Her warm and caring maternal grandmother, Elizabeth Rocca, taught her to embroider and sew, which she continued to do throughout her life making quilts for all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Adored and much respected in-laws, Sid and Essie Parrish, planted conceptual seedlings that would eventually take root and become her family history to share with siblings and future generations. Jeanne, from Essie’s guidance, became an expert basket weaver, gathering the materials and making baby baskets for her family. She was an enrolled member of the Kashia Band of Pomo Indians while married to her first husband, providing support to the Tribe as often as the Tribe needed it. She took an active role and was a significant historical authority in the formation of her ancestral tribe, the Federated Indians of the Graton Rancheria, which she was a member. Jeanne will be most remembered for her kind and considerate nature. She helped those that she could help. She provided a home to those that needed a home. She fed those that she knew were hungry or just needed a meal. She cleaned for others when they couldn’t clean for themselves. Most of all, she will be remembered for her smile and the good heart that accompanied her smile. She was a great role model to those who knew her. She was the strength when strength was needed. She is now the legacy that is her mother and grandmother and will be greatly missed. Thank you for all that was you.