Kay Amorette Billman of Drummond Island, Michigan and Boca Grande, Florida, born December 11, 1939 in Columbus, Ohio passed away on September 30, 2014. She was preceded in death by her parents, Bruce and Amorette Cockrell and grandmother, Alta Nagel. She is survived by her loving husband of 55 years, Neal; daughter, Beth (David) Zilch; sons, Michael (Kathy) and Andrew (Jodi) Billman; loving grandmother of ten, Kevin, Patrick, Betsy, Molly Zilch, Katie and Jack Billman, Ellen, Ryan, Emily and Owen Billman; additionally survived by brothers in law, Robert Billman of Dallas, Texas and Edwin (Barbara) Billman of Naples, Florida. She was a 1957 graduate of Westerville High School, attended Miami University where she was an active member of Chi Omega Sorority and also The Ohio State University. Kay was a former member of Scioto and Wedgewood Country Clubs, a golf member at the Coral Creek Club in Boca Grande, Florida, and an avid tennis player at the Boca Bay Pass Club. She was a member of the Boca Grande Women’s Club, Garden Club, and supported the Art Alliance, Historical Society and the Barrier Island Preservation Society. She volunteered at the Lighthouse Methodist Church office in Boca Grande and co-chaired the Strawberry Shortcake Committee for the annual church festival which provides support for youth in Charlotte County. She worked for over eighteen years for Drs. Charles Conroy in Gahanna and Terry Pracht in Westerville. She retired from the Dublin Chamber of Commerce in 1998. She spent many hours tending her flower gardens at her special home, Quarry Island. Family will greet friends at MORELAND FUNERAL HOME, 55 East Schrock Rd., Westerville, on Tuesday October 7 from 5-8 p.m.. A celebration of her life and memorial service will be held at the Church of the Master United Methodist, 24 North Grove Street, Westerville at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday October 8, 2014, Rev. Brian Brightly and Rev. Jay Moyers, officiating. Private interment.
Keith & Barbara Brown - Oct 8, 2014
Barbara and I extend to you and your family our profound sympathy on the loss of one of the nicest girls ever to be a part of our class, and Westerville High School. I was honored to be a friend of hers since the 7th grade and of you since the 3rd grade. I am deeply sorry we weren’t able to be there in person to offer our condolences and encouragement. God bless you as you move forward.
Keith & Barbara Brown
Mark Ellwood - Oct 7, 2014
Dear Neal and Family,
Linda and I were saddened to learn that Kay had passed away. I still remember well the first time I met Kay and how gracious she was with a new teacher in Gahanna. My years there were wonderful years and the Billman family was a major part of that. Our prayer for you and your family is that God will give you peace as you navigate this time of loss and adjustment. It is also a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the very special legacy Kay has in your fine family and countless others who have been touched in a special way by her life.
God Bless You All,
Mark and Linda Ellwood
Jerry Phillips - Oct 6, 2014
Dear Neal: We were so saddended to learn of Kay’s passing. Mary Ann and I want you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
Vic & Sandy Meyer - Oct 6, 2014
We’re deeply saddened at the news. Kay was a Class Leader and class act throughout life. Our heartfelt condolences to Neal and Family.
Vic & Sandy Meyer
Jerry Lust - Oct 5, 2014
My condolences Neal and to your family.
She was a fine lady. I had pleasure to work with her at Williams Grill many years ago.
The good Lord Has her in his arms now, resting in peace.
I know things are rough right now, Look forward and remember all the good times.
I know you are lost right now, keep busy as you can, as I lost Lynn a year ago.
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Larry Snyder - Oct 5, 2014
Dear Neal, Beth, Mike, and Andy,
It is with great sadness I learned of the passing of you wife and mother, but it is with great joy that I had the privilege of knowing her for 62 years. Kay was one of the first people I met when I moved to Minerva Park in 1952 from east Columbus. We rode the bus together to school and she was always so friendly and welcoming. Kay always went out of her way to be a friend. She was editor of the school yearbook and I was especially flattered when she asked me to be the sports editor of the Searchlight (yearbook) publication.
As years moved on and I became a dentist I was fortunate to have all of you in my practice and got to know you all even better. Of our 5 children 2 of them are named Beth and Andy.
I know that you all recognize how fortunate you were to have Kay as your wife and mother. Likewise I totally realize how fortunate I was to have Kay come into my life.
May the blessings of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you at this time.
Richard Heischman - Oct 5, 2014
It has been more than 50 years since our high school days, but that is the way I will always remember you and Kay. You two had a family and a wonderful life and it’s been many years since then. But for me it’s the head cheerleader and the varsity quarterback sitting in the back two desks in Coach Scarfpin’s Government class.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I hope your faith will comfort you and your family and enable you to cope with your loss.
Paul and Katie Franks - Oct 5, 2014
Neal and family , so sorry to hear of Kay’s passing!
We have some great memories to always keep her in our hearts.
Richard & Roberta Sorensen - Oct 5, 2014
Neal and Family, Our deepest sympathy to you in your sorrow. Kay’s passing is a great loss to all who knew her. You are in our prayers.
Richard and Roberta
Steve and Julie Kambeitz - Oct 3, 2014
Neal and Family. So sorry to hear about Kay’s passing. We saw you and Kay last year at the airport. We are heading to AZ Tue for son’s wedding. Will miss the services. Neal we should get together later when you have some time. Steve and Julie