WAYNETTE MILLS de BRAGA
Waynette was 81 and passed away quietly at Enloe Hospital in Chico, CA. on Dec. 19, 2018 surrounded by her family.
A 1955 graduate of CCHS in Fallon, she married her high school sweetheart Bob de Braga in 1956. They worked on ranches in northern Nevada before moving to the Dye Creek Ranch in Los Molinos, CA in 1963. They spent winters there and summers in Chester. In 1986, Bob and Waynette moved to Paisley, Oregon to manage the historic ZX Ranch for the next ten years. They then moved to Burns, Oregon to manage several ranches in Nevada and Oregon for the Denny Cattle Co., moving to Red Bluff in 2003.
Waynette cooked countless meals for buckaroo crews and overnight guests. She was an excellent horsewoman and roper who would ride all day and still run the home for her family. Waynette loved painting with her Corning art group and was active in the Tehama County Cowbelles.
She is survived by Bob, her husband of 62 years, daughter Dena Hendricks and grandchildren Clint Hendricks and Casey (Roy) Owens and great grandson Wade of Red Bluff, by Dusty, wife Shanna and grand daughters Megan and Fallon, by adopted daughter Jann Roney of Molokai, brother Bob Mills and and wife Bev and niece Karen all of Red Bluff, and numerous nieces and nephews
in several states.
The family is planning a “Celebration of Life” for Waynette in the spring.
In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a donation to one of her favorite charities, either the Wounded Warrior Fund or Shriner’s Childrens Hospital.
Thank you to all who expressed love and kindness to her during her life and her recent battle with cancer.