Photo courtesy of Charles J. Billups & Sons Funeral Home

Billie R. S. WEST

Bloomington, Indiana

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Billie Reese was an exceptional human being. i have such fond memories of her. she took me to jamica for the first time , and it was so wonderful to see how much she was loved there. I went back to jamica many times after that but it was never as grand as that first time with her. she will be missed and will be remembered

I never met anyone like Billie Reese and never will again; she was truly a unique and wonderful person. To Billie Reese - I raise a Red Stripe in your honor!

My life and many others were so enriched by BR - her southern charm, infinite wisdom, honesty, caring heart and huge love of life! I miss her greatly. I have lost a very dear friend, and I am forever greatful that she was a part of my life. My prayers to all her family - she is dancing in Heaven! And laughing her georgous laugh!

Billie Rees was a true inspiration and role model. We will never forget visiting with her on her porch over ginger snaps and lemonade. We will miss her very much.

The world lost an angel but Heaven gained one. Mimi had such a positive impact on anyone who ever met her. She had a heart of gold. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends. May you find peace in knowing that endless are the rewards waiting for her in Heaven. Rest in peace Mimi. xoxo

I have lost a true friend. Her experience with me in my mother's crisis at a Jamaican hospital awoke her philanthropic spirit to want to do something to help the Jamaican health system. Instead of saying "What a shame!" She acted: she started Children's Medical Services International.

Billie Rees was not only a remarkable person. She also represented the embodiment of a gently caustic, deeply humane, Old South style.

I shall always carry a fondness in my heart for BR. She was a Lady who taught me zest for life. I miss her already ... and shall always recall the admonition: "You can wake up Billie Reese, but don't wake up Jim."

It was my privilege to stay at Billie Rees' when I visited Richmond in Summer 2001 to look for a house, prior to starting my employment at VCU. And so began our friendship. She knew a lot about the activity at VCU Music kitty-corner from her home; so we swapped “intel” that first evening.

Her gift to me, beyond her friendship, was her profound skill at bringing people together that should know each other, especially to accomplish wonderful goals in the local and global community....


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