Celebrating Billee

A long life well lived.

That’s about all any of us can ask, and it was very obvious to everyone at St Andrew’s Anglican Church in Brighton this afternoon that Mildred Bowden Williams Foley, aka Auntie Billee, had a very very good life, and 89 years is a pretty good innings by anyone’s standards.

Billee was so named the day she was born by her two year old sister, my mum, who was adamant that the new baby was going to be her brother Billy … and Billee she’s been to everyone who knew her ever since [ helped by the fact that she cordially loathed Mildred as a name]

Billee and Mum both signed up for the WAAAFS on the very first day that women were allowed into Australia’s armed forces in 1941, and their service during WW2 is something that we are all very proud of.

and with no attempt at a smooth segue, this:

is how much knitting one can achieve on a rocking high-speed express train ride from Southern Cross back up to Castlemaine.


7 thoughts on “Celebrating Billee

  1. dorothyoz says:

    Sorry for your loss. What an amazing lady.

  2. I bet you will miss her alot, she sounded like a very interesting gutsy lady.

  3. Val Grombridge says:

    sorry to hear of your loss, but a great lady and a very good age.
    take care
    love Val

  4. roseredshoes says:

    Sounds as if she was well-loved, to go along with her well-lived life. Sorry she is no longer with you.

  5. donna lee says:

    She looks like a happy person in the photos. One of those women we all like to know and probably take for granted since they just go about their lives being useful and happy.

    I’m thinking about you and will remember Billee in my thoughts and prayers.

  6. Lynne says:

    My condolences to you all.

  7. […] wedding headpiece of tiny wax orange-blossoms that Billee was wearing in that 1951 photo, is the exact same one that my mother had worn a year previous, and that was later worn by my Aunts […]

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