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Billie Louise McWilliams

Billie Louise McWilliams, 91, of Winter Park, Colorado, passed away November 4, 2015 in St. Anthony's Hospital in Lakewood, Colorado, with her family by her side. Billie was born May 12, 1924, in Fort Collins, Colorado, as the only child of William F. Berg and Leona Brown, and the step-daughter of Louis E. Sholine. She is survived by sons Daniel, Patrick, and Carey McWilliams, and daughter Diane McWilliams; 4 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; and many relatives in California, Oregon, New York, Wyoming, Nevada and Arizona. Her husband, Francis Willard (Mac) McWilliams, preceded her in death in 1987.
Billie spent her school years in Fort Collins, Colorado, and her summers at the Sholine Ranch on the Laramie River in Northern Colorado. She attended Colorado Women's College, and worked for United Airlines in Cheyenne, WY. On Christmas Day 1945, Billie married her high school sweetheart, Willard (Mac), at the First Baptist Church, Fort Collins, Colorado. During his career in the oil industry, they lived in Colorado, Wyoming, California, Texas, Australia, and Somalia. In 1971 they built their home, "WinterSummer Lodge", in Winter Park, Colorado, the central hub and sanctuary for their family. Billie lived there for 28 years following the loss of her husband. She could always be counted upon to volunteer, and regularly assisted with the Grand County elections.
Billie had a quiet, friendly, and caring nature. Her soft spoken, kind presence and loving smile was known and appreciated in the many communities in which she lived. Her loyalty and commitment to her husband and family was fiercely unconditional. She cherished her time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, watching them grow and helping them when needed. She had a great love for nature, especially flowers, aspen trees, and hummingbirds. Her favorite past-times were feeding the birds, playing solitaire and cribbage, and watching her favorite Colorado sports teams, all in the company of Rooney, the golden lab.
Billie will be interred in Grand Lake Cemetery next to her husband. A memorial service is planned for Sunday, December 13th, at noon in the Fraser Historic Church, Fraser, Colorado. A potluck will be held afterwards. For more info and to post notes of condolences and memories of Billie, see www.grandcountymortuary.com. In lieu of flowers, etc., the family suggests that donations be given in her name to the Denver Rescue Mission (PO Box 5164, Denver CO, 80217, denverresuemission.org).

Service Details

Sunday, December 13th, 2015 12:00pm, Fraser Historical Church

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Young, Untested Architect

Jim and I were poor newlyweds when Uncle Willard and Aunt Billie asked Jim to design a remodel for their Winter Park home. We're sure there are many architects in the area who could have done the job, but they wanted their nephew to do it. They generously paid for our airline tickets, put us up at their house, and gave us a car to tour Colorado. We delighted in spending time with them and their beloved golden, Shiloh, who stole all our socks and entertained us by chewing up golf balls. Jim returned home and finished their design, one of his first "real architect" projects! We have such fond memories of our time spent with them and know how special their place in Winter Park has been to the family.

Jim and Kathy Barrett

Jim and Kathy Barrett Nov 21 2015 12:00 AM

My first memory of Billie was when her daughter, Diane, brought me to Winter Park for a few days. Billie was standing in the kitchen preparing dinner for the whole gang. The sun was shining in through the window, creating a glow around her head not unlike a halo as she gave me a warm and welcoming smile with a twinkle in her eye of joy at seeing her daughter, and an inviting gesture to her soon to be "adopted daughter". Over the next 29 years, that sparkle and halo never left her presence.

Over the years, with failing sense of smell and taste, she would frequently show her infectious smile as I would be cooking in the same kitchen attempting to create an visual treat filled with texture to show my appreciation for the love she had graciously bestowed upon all who had been blessed to know her.

I send deep condolences to her cherished children, grand children, and great grand children. May you find peace in knowing her love lives in each of you!

Lia Rupp Nov 19 2015 12:00 AM

Our family sends you all blessings in your life, and gratitude for you coming to visit this memorial for our Mom and Grandma. We all loved her so very, very much, and miss her greatly, as well as our Dad and Grandpa. Thank you for coming to this site to share your stories, your condolences and say hello in this time of loss.

If you are able to come to our memorial on December 13th,at noon, please let us know in your sharing here. It will help us be prepared for you in a good way. We hope to know how many to expect, and whether you will be able to bring a food dish to share. Especially those yummy deserts and salads!

May the beauty of Creation be present in all your lives.

Diane McWilliams Nov 14 2015 12:00 AM