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Dolores Billingsley

Dee Billingsley

March 30, 1932 January 2, 2019

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Obituary for Dee Billingsley

Mrs. Dee Billingsley, 86

PEMBERVILLE, OHIO – Mrs. Dolores “Dee” Billingsley, of East Liverpool, passed away Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at Otterbein Pemberville SeniorLife Community. She was 86.

Born in East Liverpool, March 30, 1932, she was a daughter of the late Denzel and Kathleen McCoy. A resident of this area all her life, Dee was a member of the East Liverpool High School Class of 1950 and attended Emmanuel Presbyterian Church for many years.

Dee spent many hours beside her husband at their grocery store, Billingsley's Foodland and always had a smile and kind word for their customers. She was an active volunteer in the community and shared her artistic talents with children at the Carnegie Public Library and many area elementary school classrooms. She was an avid reader and had many traveling adventures with friends and family.

Her husband of 69 years, William Gaylord “Gay” Billingsley, survives. The couple married December 11, 1949. There are three children: a daughter, Amy Wildman and her husband, Jim, of Port Clinton, and two sons, Curt Billingsley and Jeff Billingsley, both of East Liverpool.

Also left to cherish her memory are three grandchildren: Benjamin Wagner, Ethan Wagner and his wife, Sharon, and Jacob Wagner, as well as a great-grandchild, William Wagner.

Immediate family services were held at the Dawson Funeral Home. Burial was at Riverview Cemetery.

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Service Details

  • Service

    Sunday, January 6th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Riverview Cemetery
    2026 St. Clair Avenue
    Sunday, January 6th, 2019
    Pastor Margie Zellars
  • Interment

    Monday, January 7th, 2019 |
    Riverview Cemetery
    2026 St. Clair Avenue
    East Liverpool, Ohio
    Monday, January 7th, 2019

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Joe & Judy Coons

We were so sorry to hear of Dee's illness and passing. Dee and Gay are people that figured prominently in our lives in the 60's and 70's in East Liverpool, and we so enjoyed our mutual visits here in Washington State and there in ELO whenever we were East. Dee was invariably kind, generous and always, always caring, a lovely member of the community. Our warmest wishes go to the family as they share the multitude of happy memories you must have! Our thoughts are with you...and Cathy and David share these sentiments! Joe & Judy Coons
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Richard Roberts

Hi, Mr. Billingsley - I’ll never forget your giving me an old leather motorcycle jacket you owned many years ago when my parents bought me a mini bike. I know my parents cared for you both very much & I know they would want me to send you their and our love. Richard Roberts
Comment | Posted at 04:46pm via Condolence

Wini Cloran

Dear Gay and family, I was sorry to hear of Dee's passing. So many memories of the times in Calcutta and living next door. I know my sister and I did babysitting for the kids and swimming lessons at the club. Lots of fond memories of the times the Cloran's had with your family. I know my mother and Dee were so active in all kinds of volunteer activities. Blessings to you all. Wini Cloran
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Dear Gay and family, my sincere condolences to you all. My memories of Dee include her warm smile and her generosity; her concern for others; and her creative spirit. I am blessed to have had her as a friend. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. Judy Fannin
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Cindy Dudek Lyon

My condolences to her family.It has been years since I've seen any of you, but lately I had been thinking of your mom. It came in my mind if people who make a difference in someone's life. Years ago when my dad(Louis Dudek) was the greenskeeper at ELCC, Dee took me under her wing to teach me to sew. It started out with simple items made of felt and graduated to making an entire shirt. I often visited her when you lived in the little house on the hill on Cal Smiths Ferry Rd. Through her teaching and mentoring,I continued sewing making curtains,Halloween costumes,my daughters clothes that included western wear needed to show her horses and barrelb race. I even made my niece's wedding gown.she is a prime example how these little gestures can mean so much,she definitely touched my life.
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