Phyllis Billings

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NORTH ADAMS -- Phyllis Billings, 81, of 21 Versailles Ave. died Friday at home.

Born in Adams on March 11, 1924, daughter of William and Blanche Northup Gannon, she graduated in 1942 from the former Adams High School and in 1965 from the nursing program at Charles H. McCann Vocational Technical School.

Mrs. Billings was employed for a total of 28 years as a licensed practical nurse at North Adams Regional Hospital and at several area nursing homes. She also worked as a private-duty nurse for area families. She retired in 1987.

She was a member of Blackinton Union Church and a former member of First Baptist Church. She enjoyed camping and traveling.

Her husband, Clarence E. Billings, whom she married Oct. 18, 1947, at First Baptist Church of Adams, died May 23, 1999.

She leaves two sons, Timothy J. Billings of North Adams, with whom she made her home, and Daniel W. Billings of Reno, Nev., and three grandchildren. Another son, Thomas Billings, died May 1, 1957.

FUNERAL NOTICE -- A funeral to celebrate the life of Phyllis Gannon Billings will be conducted Thursday at 11 at Blackinton Union Church, Massachusetts Avenue, by the Rev. Richard A. Lynn, pastor. Burial will follow in Veazie Street Cemetery. There will be no calling hours. Memorial donations are suggested for Blackinton Union Church or for First Baptist Church of North Adams through FLYNN & DAGNOLI-MONTAGNA HOME FOR FUNERALS, WEST CHAPELS, 521 West Main St., North Adams, MA 01247. Survivors include three grandchildren, William, Heather and Patrick Billings. She also was predeceased by a sister, Evelyn Sprague.

Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Oct. 22, 2005
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