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Rollande M. Billings

Funeral services for Rollande (Rye) Marie Billings, age 87, of Ogdensburg, NY, will be held on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 10:00 AM at Notre Dame Church, with Rev. F. James Shurtleff officiating. Burial will be in Notre Dame Cemetery in the spring. Calling hours will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 PM on Tuesday, January 29, 2019, at Frary Funeral Home, Ogdensburg. Mrs. Billings passed away on Thursday, January 24, 2019, at her home under the care of Hospice and surrounded by her loving family.

Rye is survived by her son, James (Jim) Billings and his wife, Diane of Colton, NY, daughter Virginia (Ginnie) Billings of Ogdensburg, and son, Jon Billings and his wife, Gwen of Los Angeles, CA; three grandchildren, JoAnna Billings Sanabria and her husband Alfred of Miami, FL; Michael Billings of Syracuse, NY, and Christine Billings of Syracuse, NY; a step grandson Richard (Rik) Perez, Los Angeles, CA; a brother, Joseph Franche and his wife, Elizabeth, of Ogdensburg, NY; many nieces & nephews; as well as several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law and their families. She is predeceased by her husband Joe Billings; parents, Hector and Aline French; brothers Marcelle French and Roland French; a sister Annette French Morrow; and nephews Roland J. French, Jr. and Leon Robert (Rob) Morrow.

Rye was born on May 28, 1931, in Ogdensburg, NY, the daughter of Hector J. and Aline M. Mallette French. She attended Ogdensburg Free Academy, and married Joseph H. Billings on July 24, 1954, at Notre Dame Church in Ogdensburg with Rev. Robert Giroux officiating. Throughout her long life, she was first and foremost a loving wife, mom, and grandma. She worked as a Nurse’s Aide at Hepburn Hospital in Ogdensburg, as well as several health facilities in the Syracuse area. She also enjoyed working in the cafeteria at OFA High School. She enjoyed many things in life, none more than the company of her family. She was deeply loved by all who knew her and will be missed.

The family would like to thank the staff of Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley, 6805 US Hwy 11, Potsdam, NY 13676 for their wonderful care and assistance. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to them in Rye’s memory.

10 Comments

  • Donald Brown Posted January 25, 2019 12:26 PM

    Ginnie,, Don and I are so sorry for you loss. Rye worked for years with me and we had a lot of happy days shopping and working for the nuns.’ We loved it when Butch and Bettie would meet us half way and drop Rye off to visit with us a while.

  • Chickie (Thouin) George & Family Posted January 26, 2019 6:37 PM

    Sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. She was a great neighbor to us all of us kids on Washington Street in Ogdensburg. Prayers for you all Jim, Ginny and Jon

  • Chris & Laura Trizna Posted January 27, 2019 11:27 AM

    We are deeply saddened to hear about your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    We have many fond memories of Rye. She was an incredible lady, and an AMAZING grandmother!
    She is among the angels!

  • Mae Lyn O’Connell Posted January 27, 2019 2:14 PM

    So sorry for your family’s loss . We had a very nice memories of Rye. I worked with her at Birchwood and she also took care of my daughter for a few months 21 years ago . RIP RYE…

  • Dick Ladouceur Posted January 27, 2019 6:17 PM

    Sorry for the lost of your mother Jim may she Rest In Peace.

  • Bruno and Toya Sanabria Posted January 27, 2019 7:21 PM

    We were honored and blessed to have known Rye. She was a beautiful and gentle soul. May she rest in peace. May God bless you, and comfort you during this time of sorrow.
    Our heartfelt condolences to you and your family.

  • Rebecca Caraballo Posted January 28, 2019 6:28 AM

    Hello, my name is Rebecca. I am from the Potsdam area. I was reading this obituary of Rollande M. Billings and I wanted to say to the friends and family of Mrs. Billings that I am deeply sorry for your loss.

    I also wanted to share a little word of encouragement that has always helped me in times of distress. A lot of people wonder where they can find help to deal with grief?

    2 Corinthians 1:3,4 says, “Praised be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our trials so that we may be able to comfort others in any sort of trial with the comfort that we receive from God.”

    So it’s nice to know that we can receive form God anytime, anywhere. There are more encouraging articles and videos for the whole family on our free official website, http://www.JW.org. Thank you for letting me share my comforts.

  • David & Heather Billings, Ontario Canada Posted January 28, 2019 1:02 PM

    Dear James, Virginia, Jon and family.
    Sending our deepest sympathy on the passing of Aunt Rye.
    Our thoughts are with each of you at this very sad time.
    Heather & Davd Billings

  • Elaine McGee Posted January 29, 2019 5:36 AM

    So very sorry for your loss. It was so evident how much Rye loved her family. Her passing will leave a great void in your lives but she is reunited with Joe and dancing in Heaven surrounded by family & God. Love to you all.

  • The Easter Family Posted January 29, 2019 4:47 PM

    May fond memories of your mother bring you comfort during this hard time in your life. Our heart and prayers go out to you and your family.

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