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Billie Shoemaker


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Billie Shoemaker Obituary
Billie Shoemaker passed away peacefully on Feb. 25, 2016 in Durango, CO. Billie was born on Oct. 4, 1922 to Edward and Blanche Olsen Tollefson Tolmie in Ashton, Idaho. Billie had two siblings: Lorraine Tolmie Fink and Robert West. Billie spent her early years in southeast Idaho.
She married Jack Shoemaker in Bellflower, CA on Oct. 4, 1945. After Jack was discharged from the Navy in November 1945, they moved to Blackfoot, Idaho where Jack began farming with his father. Jack, Billie and their first two children (Jacque and Brent) moved to Logan, UT in September 1949 where Jack attended college and obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture. In May 1951 their third child (Kirk) was born. In July 1951, the family moved to Fort Hall, Idaho where Jack began his career with the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), which subsequently took them to Klamath Falls, OR.
In July 1954 the family moved back to Blackfoot, ID where the fourth and fifth children (Denise and Paulette) were born. During the period, Billie worked as a secretary for Kraft Foods. Jack's career with the BIA took the family to Poplar, Montana and Tohatchi, NM.
When Jack retired from the BIA in July 1973 the family moved to Pagosa Springs, CO then on to Durange, CO in May 1975 where they remained.
For most of her adult life, Billie enjoyed the domestic role as a wife and mother. She was a very unselfish and private person who was always concerned with the needs of others, rather than her own.
She enjoyed reading, sewing, knitting and cooking. During the past two years Billie enjoyed living at Sunshine Gardens, an assisted living facility in Durange, CO. She enjoyed participating in the bingo games, exercise classes and other social events.
Billie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jack; her sister, Lorraine; and her youngest daughter, Paulette (Anthony) Rivera.
Billie is survived by her four children; Jacque (Spud) Kniffin of Coeur d'Alene, ID; Brent (Yolanda) Shoemaker of Arlington, TX; Kirk Shoemaker of Ramah, NM; and Denise (Chris) Waller of Bayfield, CO.; Brother, Robert West of Tucson, AZ; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and extended family members.
There will be a private funeral service at a later date.
Published in The Morning News on Mar. 1, 2016
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