Billie M. LaRue

Billie M. LaRue

Billie M. LaRue, age 93, of Milford, DE, formerly of Wilmington Manor in New Castle, DE, passed away on Sunday, September 15, 2013, after a courageous 13-year battle with Alzheimer's Disease.

Born in Marion, PA, on September 30, 1919, Billie was the daughter of the late Walter Armata and Mary Stefanic Armata. With her husband, Walter J. LaRue, she owned and operated the former Western Auto in Wilmington Manor until their retirement in 1974. Billie and Walter moved to Naples, FL, in 1975 and returned to Delaware in 1992.

Active in her community, Billie was a Life Member, past president, and the last surviving charter member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Wilmington Manor Volunteer Fire Company. She was also past president of the former Lioness Club of Wilmington Manor and a former member of the Lions Club of Naples, FL. She was a longtime parishioner of Our Lady of Fatima R.C. Church.

Billie was well known throughout her life for her creativity and her talent with a variety of arts and crafts. She will be dearly missed by the many people who knew and admired her, especially her beloved family.

Walter passed away in 1992. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Adolf Armata. She is survived by her daughters, Frances B. "Lindy" Ehart and husband Don of Townsend, and Diana H. McNair and husband Jim of Smyrna; grandchildren, Terry Lambert and husband Wayne, Mark Ehart and wife Lori, Dean Ehart and wife Michele, and Don Harmon and wife Patti; seven great grandchildren; and four great great grandchildren.

The family extends special thanks to the very compassionate staff of the Homestead Unit at the Milford Center for all the love and care shown to Billie during her residence.

A memorial service will be held at 10 am on Saturday, September 21st, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, where visitation will begin at 9 am. Interment will follow in Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Milford Center, 700 Marvel Road, Milford, DE 19963. Please mark donations "for Homestead Unit."

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Published in The News Journal from Sept. 17 to Sept. 18, 2013