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Marilyn Patricia "Ten Bear" Freeman

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Marilyn Patricia "Ten Bear" Freeman Obituary

Marilyn (Pat) Patricia Ten Bear (Freeman), 66 of Colusa, CA passed away peacefully on February 28, 2017 surrounded by her family after a three year battle with cancer.

Pat was born on February 12, 1951 in Colusa, CA to Stanford Lucas Freeman and Maggie Amy Mitchell. She was a tribal member of the Cachil Dehe Band of Wintun Indians and actively participated as a board member until her passing. She was raised throughout Northern California in her early years, following the crop season with her family. She told of stories about working in the fields picking crops, everything from tomatoes, peaches to walnuts. After her father's passed, her family settled in Colusa where she finished her education and graduated from Colusa High School in 1969. She was active in sports and enjoyed basketball, volleyball and softball. She remained athletic in her later years.

She moved to San Francisco, CA to pursue a career in Cosmetology, where she met Gary Ten Bear. They later had two children out of this union. She moved to Crow Agency, MT., where she gained a whole new family. While there, she worked at Shake N Burger Hut and most people knew her as the mail carrier for the USPS in Hardin. She considered Crow her other home and hoped to return there again.

After her separation, she later moved to Shakopee, Minnesota and worked as a Slot Technician for Mystic Lake Casino. And then final made her circle back home to Colusa, CA where she enjoyed the remainder of her life.

She traveled with family and friends. Everyone that met her saw her kindness, understanding and acceptance of people. She loved animals and always had animals around her. She also enjoyed Keno which she was pretty lucky at. She will truly to miss by those who met her.

Marilyn is preceded in death by her parents Stanford Lucas Freeman, Maggie Amy Mitchell, Uncles Ralph, Kenneth, Lawrence, Eugene, and Dennis Mitchell, and Wilford Freeman, Aunt Mary Infante; Her brother, Stanley R. Freeman; sister, Frances Caldera and most recently her son, Gary "Nakia" Ten Bear, Jr.Pat is survived by her daughter Jude Starr Ten Bear, sisters Geraldine Freeman, Carole Arreguin, Jackie Blacksmith, and Trivian Ten Bear and brothers, Clifford J. Steward, Ellsworth "Peanut" Ten Bear, Shawn Backbone, Orville St. Clair, and Bentley Ten Bear; Aunts Sharon Mitchell and uncle Arnold Mitchell.; Grandchildren, Jonathan Aquiningoc and Teagan Terlaje. Her family extends throughout Indian Country in Northern California, Montana, Minnesota, North Dakota and Texas. Our family is large; if we missed you, please accept our apology.

A wake will be held at her home starting Friday March 3, 2017 until her funeral service which will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, March 6th. She will be laid to rest in the Colusa Cemetery following the services at McNary– Moore Funeral Service 107 5th Street Colusa, CA 95932.

The family of Marilyn Patricia Ten Bear would like to thank all the Nurses, Doctors, Hospice workers from Colusa, Sacramento and Chico for giving Pat the best possible care. We also want to thank the Colusa Indian Community Council, the Colusa Casino Resort and its employees for all the help they have given. And finally to all the family and friends of Pat who sent condolences during this difficult time.

Arrangements are under the direction of McNary-Moore Funeral Service FD-410 www.mcnarymoorefuneralservice.com.

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Published in Appeal Democrat on Mar. 4, 2017
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