Billingsley Billingsley, Joan passed away on May 26 following a brave seven year battle against breast cancer. Born November 17, 1945 in Baltimore, MD Joan earned both a BS in Nursing and MBA in Health Administration from the University of Miami. Her career included Director of Nursing at the Miami Jewish Home and Hospital for the Aged, Director of Greater Hallandale Adult Day Care Center, and for the last 16 years as AIDS Case Manager for the Memorial Healthcare System. As an AIDS Certified RN, Joan devoted her extensive expertise as well as her selfless generous spirit to the care of those living with HIV/AIDS. She assisted in the opening of Broward House, an ALF for persons with HIV/AIDS, was an active member of the South Florida AIDS Network and was voted 2005 Nurse of the Year by the Broward County Nurses Association. Following her diagnosis of breast cancer, she volunteered in the Reach to Recovery program of the American Cancer Society helping other cancer patients. She was also active in the St. Vincent de Paul Society and St. Maurice Church. Her selfless work on behalf of others touched many lives. She is survived by her loving husband, Lee; father, James Coster; sister Patricia Apicella (Anthony); niece Amy Letendre; nephew Anthony Apicella (Anne); mother-in-law Mildred Billingsley; and sister-in-law and brother-in-law Lynn Billingsley and Ronald Berzofsky. A Mass of the Resurrection will be held at 11am on July 2 at St. Maurice Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Doctors Without Borders.
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Published in Sun-Sentinel on June 28, 2011