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Patsy Billingsley


1937 - 2019 Obituary Condolences
Patsy Billingsley Obituary

PATSY BILLINGSLEY - MADLAND
July 6, 1937 - March 21, 2019

Patsy Billingsley - Madland of Strathmore, CA, passed away on March 21, 2019 at the age of 81.

Patsy was born in Tulare, CA to Kenneth and Mary Elizabeth Billingsley on July 6, 1937. She was descendant of a pioneer family that arrived in Tulare County in 1858. In her early years, Patsy developed a love for horses fostered by her grandfather Frank Sprague. As a young adult, she owned and trained Harness horses. Her love for horses trickled down the family as she taught younger relatives to rope and ride.

She married Jim Madland on June 7, 1956 and together they had three children and three grandsons. Patsy and Jim together founded Madland Toyota Lift in Bakersfield California.

Patsy had a passion for cooking, politics, gardening, reading and rescuing animals. She loved all her animals, especially her cats and dogs who brought her so much joy.

For over 50 years, Patsy was owner of Parlour & Pantry retail store located in the Miller House in Porterville, CA. The Miller House was the original Porterville Hospital. It was here that many would come to visit, shop and just hangout. Patsy's taste was impeccable and her store was filled with unique and eclectic items for the house as well as high quality women's clothing. Over the years she developed long lasting friendships with her customers who loved spending time with her at the store. This was a source of much happiness, laughter and wonderful memories for many.

Patsy traveled around the word with her daughter Mary Elizabeth and had such wonderful times.

Patsy was a lifetime member of the Rancho Conejo Colony of Mayflower Descendants, Mitz -Khan-A-Khan Chapter of the National Society, Daughters of The American Revolution, Aquila Chase Chapter National Society Colonial Dames XVII. She also belonged to SETCO, Tulare County Republican Women and was past honored Queen of Tulare Bethel Jobs Daughter International.

Patsy was preceded in death by her son, Jimmy Madland, her parents Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Billingsley, her grandmother Elizabeth Monroe Billingsley and her former husband Jim Madland. She is survived by her two daughters Mary Madland of Bakersfield, CA and Jennifer Behunin (Steve) of Oxnard, CA. She is also survived by three grandchildren Alexander, Blake and Andrew Behunin, her sister Dona Clevenger of Porterville, her niece Pamela Beck, her nephew John Kenneth Beck, her cousin Nancy Meeks, nephew Timothy Swen and cousin Ron Sprague. A memorial will be held Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Myers Chapel, 248 North E. Street, Porterville, CA. Interment will be held privately at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to NAMI National Alliance on Mental Illness. PO Box 1613, Camarillo, CA 93011-1613.

www.namven-tura.org , 1831 Truxton Ave, Suite 150, Bakersfield, CA 93301. "" in memory of Patsy Madland.

Published in Bakersfield Californian on Apr. 14, 2019
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