JANUARY 28, 2010

Obituaries for January 28, 2010

Billie Mae White, 76, Orofino

   Billie Mae White of Orofino died Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino. She was 76.

   Billie was born July 25, 1933 in Orofino to Wayne and Dorothy (Stanton) Herres. She had an older sister, Jerre.

   Billie lived in Orofino until her dad died in 1941. After his death her mother worked to support the family and Billie lived in various locations including Moscow, St. Maries, Lewiston, Coville, WA and Marcus, WA.

   In 1949 she met the love of her life, Bill White, at Camp Y on the North Fork of the Clearwater River. He was the only one from then on.

   Bill was drafted in 1952 while Billie was a senior at Lewiston High School. They eloped to Orofino on March 3, 1952. Bill shipped out to boot camp and Billie went back and lived with her mom and stepdad, George Kolasa, in Lewiston while finishing high school.

   After graduation Billie joined Bill at Ford Ord, CA, where he was stationed. They lived there until being transferred to Anchorage, AK. While stationed in Alaska their first bundle of joy, Lolli, was born. When Billís tour of duty was up they moved back to the North Fork, where their second bundle of joy, Rena, was born.

   They had many happy years of life on the North Fork and then moved to Orofino, where their final bundle of joy, Dot, rounded out their family of girls. They lived the rest of their married life in Orofino.

   Billie had the best husband in the world and they enjoyed square dancing, fishing, camping, Jeep club adventures, and of course weekly, sometimes daily, trips to the casino. They always had a standing date for the first day of steelhead fishing.

   Billie enjoyed bowling, playing cards with friends or alone, needlepoint and cooking. But she most loved being a wife and mother.

   She belonged to Eastern Star, Clearwater County Search and Rescue Auxiliary, Hit and Miss Club and the Rebekahs. She collected Santa Clauses and delighted when her grandchildren and great grandchildren wound them all up at the same time.

   Billie is survived by her husband of 57 years, Bill White of Orofino; three daughters, Lolli of California, Rena of Kamiah and Dot of Orofino; seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her father, Wayne Herres, her mother, Dorothy Kolasa, her stepfather, George Kolasa "Pappy," her sister Jerre South and a great granddaughter, Madison Grace.

   Graveside services for Billie were held Jan. 26 at Orofino Cemetery, followed by dinner at the Orofino VFW.

   Donations in Billieís memory may be made to CVH Auxiliary in honor of all the wonderful nurses and aides who attended and loved Billie over the last two years.

   Pine Hills Funeral Chapel & Crematory is in care of arrangements.