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Billie Lou Storch

1923 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Billie Lou Storch Obituary
Storch, Billie Lou
1923 - 2018
Billie Lou (Neville) Storch, 94, of Columbus, passed away on Thursday, February 8, at the Cherith Skilled Nursing Area of Willow Brook Christian Village, Delaware, OH. Born in Adair, OK on July 28, 1923, she was the youngest of nine children in the family of Elzer Bart ("E.B.") Neville and Rosa (Skinner) Neville. Billie was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Charles Martin Storch, by her eight siblings, and her sons Craig and Chuck Storch. She is survived by three of her five children, Stephen (Mary Anne), Oak Ridge, TN, Sally (Tom) Cook, Delaware, OH and Jim (Zoie), New Carlisle, OH; two daughters-in-law, Jo Ann (Chuck) Storch and Annie (Craig) Storch; 13 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Billie attended grade school in Adair, OK and graduated in 1942 from Classen High School in Oklahoma City, where she strongly supported the school's top ranked basketball team and enjoyed being a member of the Pep Team. She met her life-long husband Charlie at a USO Dance in Oklahoma City, and they were married in 1943. Their first child, a son, Stephen, was born in 1945, and after World War II ended, their family moved from Oklahoma City to Columbus. As a devoted and caring mother, wife, and homemaker, Billie excelled in baking cinnamon rolls, pies, cream puffs, Danish rolls, and a wide assortment of cookies in the kitchen of her family's household. Billie was deeply proud of her Cherokee Indian heritage, which she manifested in the jewelry she wore, her magazine and book collections, and numerous Cherokee Indian artworks and artifacts that she collected and proudly displayed in her family's home. She also shared with her children stories of her childhood experiences with the people of her beloved Adair, Oklahoma during the hard times of the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression. These stories made a lasting impression on the members of her family. Billie also played a critical role in preserving family records by keeping and compiling numerous artifacts and letters from family members over the years. She also enjoyed preparing memory scrapbooks of her children as gifts for the special birthday anniversaries. Billie was also an active and long-time member of St. Cecilia Catholic Church where she provided critical support in the Parish Bereavement Ministry. She was also an avid sports fan and a strong and loyal supporter of the teams of the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame as well as the Sooners of Oklahoma.The family would like to thank everyone at Willow Brook Christian Village for their dedication and bringing joy in the final years of her life. Appreciation also goes to Heartland Hospice for their caring and compassion. Calling hours for Billie will be from 10 am-12 noon on Tuesday, February 13, at RUTHERFORD FUNERAL HOME, 450 W Olentangy St., Powell, OH 43065. Mass will follow at 1:30 pm at St. Cecilia Catholic Church, 434 Norton Road, with Rev. Leo Connolly celebrant. Interment will be at Sunset Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Willow Brook Communities or Heartland Hospice of Marion, Ohio. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.rutherfordfuneralhomes.com
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Feb. 10, 2018
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