Marie (Smith) Billard

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Marie (Smith) Billard, 90, of Hebron, beloved widow of Albert B. Billard, passed away peacefully Dec. 23, 2012, at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, surrounded by her family.

Daughter of the late Edward A. and Annie (Palmer) Smith, she was born Aug. 2, 1922, and grew up on the Smith family farm. She attended the University of Connecticut and graduated with a bachelor's degree in 1944. She married Albert B. Billard on June 6, 1943, and they were married for 61 years until his passing in 2004. They raised their four sons in Hebron, Holland, and Germany, returning to Hebron where Marie was active in the former Hebron Congregational Church and Hebron Women's Club. She was also co-founder of the Hebron Daylight Quilters. After Albert's retirement in 1977, they traveled extensively around the world to Europe, South Africa, New Zealand, and Australia. She was an avid quilter making many quilts for family and friends, many displayed at the Hebron Maple Festival.

She is survived by her four sons and their spouses, Roger and Paula, Tom and Jennifer, Peter and Nancy, David and friend and companion, Lynn Black; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandsons. She is also survived by her friend and companion, Dwight Martin.

The family would especially like to thank Jame Ohene Agyekum, her personal care assistant this past year from 24/7 Harmony Home Care Services.

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her brothers, Bradford and Edwin Smith.

Calling hours will be 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28, at the Aurora-McCarthy Funeral Home, 167 Old Hartford Road, Colchester. A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, at the Gilead Congregational Church, 672 Gilead St. (Route 85), Hebron, with the Rev. Michael Thornton officiating. Burial will be private in St. Peter's Cemetery, Hebron.

Donations in her memory may be made to the Hebron Volunteer Fire Department, 44 Main St., Hebron, CT 06248.

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Published in Journal Inquirer from Dec. 26 to Dec. 30, 2012