PALM HARBOR, Fla. – Wilma Loree "Billie" Laird, 88, of Palm Harbor, Fla., formerly of Waterman, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. |
She was born on Dec. 3, 1924 in Shenandoah, Iowa, the daughter of Ernest V. "Casey" and Cora (Davis) Jones.
Billie was united in marriage to Mr. Nyal B. Laird on May 18, 1942, in Rock Port, Mo., and they spent the next 65 happy years together until his passing on Nov. 28, 2007.
Mrs. Laird was a member of the United Methodist Church of Waterman. Billie was formerly employed at First National Bank of DeKalb and later retired in 1975 from Waterman State Bank. She also was a former member of DeKalb Ag Bowling League. Billie enjoyed many hobbies including crocheting, dancing and spending time in her garden. She volunteered with both the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts when her children were younger. Billie was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and aunt who will be deeply missed by her family and friends.
She is survived by her children, Burton (Bonnie) Laird of Sycamore, Ernest (Karon) Laird of Palm Harbor and Sandra (Kevin) Doggett of Moscow Mills, Mo.; nine grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; brother, Donald (Ann) Jones of California; as well as several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Nyal Laird; son, Dale Eugene Laird; two grandsons, Ronald Ernest Laird and Mark Allen Laird; one great-grandson, Nyal Andrew Laird; brothers, Hubert (Darlene) Jones and Earl (Pauline) Jones; and sisters, Hazel (Donald) Reidenaur, Velma (Paul) Stephens, Lois (Donald) Moore and Ardeth (Edward) Shelton.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 2, at Nash-Nelson Funeral Home, 1001 E. Garfield St. in Waterman, with Pastor Christina Vosteen, officiating. Interment will follow at Johnson Grove Cemetery in Waterman. Friends may visit from 9 a.m. Saturday, March 2, until the hour of service at the funeral home.
Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes & Crematory. For information, visit www.NelsonFuneralHomes.com or call 815-264-3362.
Published in Daily Chronicle on Feb. 27, 2013