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.