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Billy Dick Prowell, 91, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, died peacefully at home February 17, 2016.

Bill was born in Hamlin, Texas, and graduated from Clovis High School. He served in the Army Air Corps, and on discharge (thanks to the GI Bill) earned his bachelor's degree at ENMU, while working for the Santa Fe RR. From coast to coast he pursued a highly successful career as a financial executive at Frito-Lay, Inc., PepsiCo, and Carter-Wallace, Inc., among others. He was particularly proud of his efforts to initiate the computerization of accounting systems and assist expansion through mergers.

On December 20, 1944 in Walla Walla, Washington, Bill married Louise Porter, who died February 15, 2013. On the occasion of their 60th anniversary, he declared at church that finding Louise was the best thing that ever happened to him. All who knew them as a couple recognized they had a special and enduring love.

They had four children, Richard (who predeceased them), Dixie, Margaret, and D.J. They are survived by six grandchildren, Benjamin, Vanessa, Alethea, Jessica, Aram, and Angela, and one great-grandchild, Lennox. Even though the grandchildren lived in different parts of the country, they were very close to their grandparents and visited often. To Bill's delight, the entire family came together to celebrate his 90th birthday.

Bill lived a full and active life. In Texas, he enjoyed hunting, boating, and playing bridge with friends. In New York, he and Louise enjoyed theater, live music, and dining at fine restaurants. They still were able to appreciate the outdoors with a vacation home in Vermont. After retiring in Albuquerque, they volunteered their time with many organizations, including The League of Women Voters, Habitat for Humanity, and Meals on Wheels. They were members of First Congregational United Church of Christ, serving nearly 20 years as the coordinators of the church's meal service at Project Share.

In his final years, Bill liked breakfast out at the Village Inn on his way to Sandia Casino. On any given day, you could find him at the Pai Gow table. He found joy in the small things in life, like sitting at the kitchen table watching birds that came to feeders and the bath. He expressed many times how grateful and lucky he was to have had a successful career and extraordinary marriage, and finally being able to spend his final days and hours at home because of his oldest daughter's care and love.

Cremation has taken place. At some point in the future, his family will gather in Albuquerque to celebrate his long, well-lived life.
Published in Albuquerque Journal from Mar. 6 to Mar. 13, 2016
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