Billie Jean (Browning) Tender
1942 - 2020
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Billie Jean (Browning) Tender

Hebron - Billie Jean (Browning) Tender age 78, of Hebron, OH, received her heavenly welcome Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020 at OSU Hospital while in the care of Hospice of Central Ohio after complications from surgery. Billie was born February 16, 1942, in Zanesville to the late Esther Thelma (Harding) Browning and the late William Donald Browning. Billie was one of four children that included her twin sister, the late Donna J. (Browning) McKirahan of New Concord, OH, the late Kurt 'Butch' L. (Bev) Browning, of Sonora, OH, and Brigadier General (Ret.) Richard A. (Peggy) Browning, of Henderson, NV..

She graduated from Bethesda Hospital School of Nursing in 1963 with her degree in nursing and continued to serve as a nurse for 57 years including positions at Bethesda Hospital in Zanesville, OH., Licking Memorial Hospital in Newark, OH., New Albany Surgical Hospital in New Albany, OH., and with the Carol Strawn Center in Newark, OH. until she finally retired in early 2020. She had a special heart for nursing and those she cared for and was often recognized for her commitment to nursing excellence and her compassion. Throughout her extensive nursing career Billie founded and served as President of The Central Ohio Post-Anesthesia Nurses Association, held positions as President, Secretary, and Treasurer of the American Society of Post-Anesthesia Nurses Association and was a member of both the Ohio Peri-Anesthesia Nurses association and the American Society of Peri-Anesthesia Nurses. She was also a member of the Bethesda Hospital Alumni Association and former Twig 13 member.

Outside of work, Billie enjoyed floral crafts, volunteering, gardening, and her church choir (the former Cox United Methodist Church in Newark, OH.) She and Fritz enjoyed spending time at their condo in Cancun and trips there with family provided some of her favorite memories. More than anything, she enjoyed spending time at her Buckeye Lake property over the last 38 years where she was Mom and Grandma to family and friends alike. She will be sorely missed every summer by all who enjoyed her generous hospitality and "the more the merrier" approach to life.

She leaves behind her husband of 29 years Francis 'Fritz" Tender of Hebron, OH., a daughter, Shelli (John) Matiscik of Galena, OH and son, Michael (Shelley) Lowe of Heath, OH. as well as five dearly loved grandchildren; David, Michael, Sydney, Jordan, and Jamie. We would like to thank the many nurses and doctors involved in her care, the members of the Hospice of Central Ohio Nursing Honor Guard, who graciously honored for her 57-year career in nursing, and her family and friends whose outpouring of love and support as she spent her final days here with us provided much needed comfort and peace during this difficult time.

We will honor her memory with a memorial service at her beloved Buckeye Lake in the Spring. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Hospice of Central Ohio or the American Stroke Association. An online memorial page can be found at www.shaw.davis.com.




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Published in Advocate from Dec. 28 to Dec. 29, 2020.
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January 6, 2021
Fritz, I am so sorry to hear this. I did not know Billie that well but I did enjoy our conversations when we had the picnics. We will miss her. Take care and stay strong
Cinny Sabo
Friend
January 1, 2021
Billie was a very dear friend for many years. We will miss her with all our hearts. She was a very giving and loving person. It was an honor to be in her circle of friends. She was a very talented and loving nurse.
Dave and Glenda Smith
Friend
December 30, 2020
Knew Billie through work at L.M.H. . She was a great gal, and a great nurse. Condolences to her family.
Deb Carr
Coworker
December 30, 2020
rest in peace Billie - Buckeye Lake
Mac
December 30, 2020
Billie was a star among stars A best friend to all she met and she never met a stranger!!I am so glad to call her friend. My house has MANY of her beautiful floral creations. Mike, Shelly and Fritz, you have my deepest sympathy and I am so glad I played for your and Billie's wedding!!
Ann Marie Robinson
Friend
December 28, 2020
Fritz, Shelli and Mike, I am crying reading this obituary. Billie was my nursing mentor, my peer in PACU and later in management, and a highly respected nurse of great passion and integrity. But like so many others, she was a dear personal friend of more than 30 years. I will miss her hugs, words of wisdom and her laugh. You were her everything. I am wishing you all strength and peace in the coming days and weeks.
Sharyn
Sharyn Davis
Coworker
December 28, 2020
Fritz, Shelli, Mike and family, sending prayers for comfort in this difficult time. Billie was a good neighbor and friend. She was a friend of my mom’s from church, both enjoyed singing in the choir. Love to all Mike and Deb Ewing
Mike and Deb Ewing
Friend
December 28, 2020
Fritz and family,
Great memories of our times with Billie in surgery at LMH, gathering with friends at dances, parties and at the lake. Hugs and prayers.
Marsha Kiger Pfeifer
Marsha Kiger Pfeifer
Coworker
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