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Billie, 92, died on January 11, 2013 at home with her family in attendance, after being on hospice since April of 2011 for cancer and congestive heart failure.
Wilda Winogene "Billie" Rostad
She was born on October 11, 1920 in Roberts County, South Dakota, to William Waldo Collier and Florence Ella Hazard Collier.
Billie and her younger sister, "Jimmie" (dad wanted boys) had seven half brothers and sisters. She graduated from Central High in Sioux city and completed two years at Northern State College in Aberdeen South Dakota, majoring in Education and Library Science.
Billie married Peder Lodgaard "Pete" Rostad on Christmas Eve 1941. Her sister, Fern "Jimmie" married Arne Rostad and her best friend Marion married Trigve Rostad. They all lived within a mile of each other in the Alderwood Manor/Lynnwood area. Their families overlapped and intertwined in so many ways.
She was employed by the Sno Isle Regional Library for 10 years and retired in 1980. She loved to cook and entertained their many friends and family. She was a member of Sons of Norway, Trondelag, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Birthday Club, The Lunch Bunch and the Friday Night Ladies Martini Gathering.
Billie is survived by her daughter, Cheryol Ayers; grandson, Aaron Ayers and his wife, Paula; and great-grandchildren, Kody and Warren Isaac; granddaughter, Andrea "Stella" Hopkins and her husband, Luke; and great-grandchildren, Ava, Elvis and Levi; double nephews and niece, Bill, Tom and Fern; numerous nieces and nephews. The list is too long to include but you know she loved you all. Billie is also survived by her beloved kitty, Dotty Coon.
A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held on Saturday, January 26, 2013, 11:00 a.m. at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 9320 Meadow Way, Everett, 98208. Officiated by Pastor Jack Richards.
A reception and lunch will be served after the service by the ladies of the church. Memorial donations may be given to Prince Of Peace Lutheran Church or South Snohomish County Hospice.
Published in The Herald (Everett) from Jan. 22 to Jan. 24, 2013