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1926 - 2013 | In Memoriam Condolences
M. STELLA MILLS DAVIS January 10, 1926 - June 20, 2013 Stella Davis, 87 passed away June 20, 2013, at Enloe Hospital after having suffered a massive stroke the previous week while at home. Stella was born in Scotland, South Dakota, to Theodore and Lydia Schatz. Her parents moved to Orland, CA, when she was two years old. She graduated from Orland High School in 1943. Stella married a local Corning boy, Robert Eugene Mills, June 18, 1944. They settled in Corning in 1946 and had four children; Robert Ernest "Ernie" Mills, who died of complication in 2009 from a previous car accident, a daughter, Bobbye Nills, of Pinole, CA, and Doug Mills and Martin Mills of Corning. She is also survive by six grandchildren, Robert Ernest Mills II, of Corning, Ashley Erdahl Crawford, Allegra Erdahl and Austin Erdahl of Pinole, CA, Kimberley Mills and Dustin Mills of Corning, and four great grandchildren. There are two surviving sisters, Sharon Stockton of Waldron, Michigan, and Lynda Smith of Carson City, Nevada. Being divorced for a number of years from "Bob" Mills, she married Charles "Chuck" A. Davis, Bremerton, OR, in 1982 and was widowed in 1999. Stella was a housewife, homemaker and mother and very active in the community, belonging to PTA while her children were young, the Corning Hospital Auxillary Pink Ladies, making countless tray favors for the hospital patients, and was just feted in April by the sorority Preceptor Nu Chi, Corning, at the Wilcox Gold Course for achieving 60 continious years participation with only five missed meetings from the three Beta Sigma Phi chapters to which she belonged during those years, having joined Beta Sigma Phi in December 1952. Stella was a noted fantastic baker of pasteries, pies and cakes, an exceptional seamstress who also made award winning Halloween costumes and was excellent bridge player. Every Monday was her Corning bridge group, every other Tuesday was the Orland bridge group, every Wednesday was Corning Senior Center bridge and every other Thursday was the Red Bluff bridge group meeting. She also went dancing every Wednesday in Red Bluff and every Saturday in Los Molinos. She led a very active life to the end. Memorial services will be held on Saturday, August 10, 2013, at 11AM at the Corning Senior Center for all her friends and family with a Potluck to follow to services. Private burial services will follow at a later date at the Masonic Cemetery in Orland. Her family wish to give thanks for all the gracious thoughts of sorrow recieved from her many friends and sorority sisters.
Published in Daily News on July 6, 2013
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