Billie Mildred Fite
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Billie Mildred Fite
  • May 20, 1925 - May 9, 2017
  • Peoria, Illinois

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Billie Mildred Fite, 91, of Peoria, went home to her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria. She was born May 20, 1925, in West City, Il. the daughter of W. Lawrence and S. Hazel McKinney. She married Baxter B. Fite Jr. on September 29, 1951 in the home of her Aunt Flora Rodgers.Billie is survived by her husband of sixty-five years; two children, Marsha K (Mark) Zielinski of Peoria and Baxter B (Marilou) Fite III of Peoria; four grandchildren, Adam M Zielinski of Chicago, Angela Nicole (Jeff) Venegas of Peoria, Amanda (James) Anderton of Peoria, Nathaniel Fite of Peoria and three great-grandchildren.Her mother and father preceded her in death.
After graduating, in 1943, from Benton Township High School in Benton, IL, Billie began her career as a telephone operator with Southern Bell Telephone Company in Owensboro, KY. She attended night classes at Jenkins Business College procuring a clerk's position in the District Manager's office. It was during this time she met her future husband who was working for Western Electric. In 1950, Billie transferred to Illinois Bell Telephone Company in Peoria, IL as a telephone operator and ultimately, retired from AT&T after 39 years of dedicated service in 1982.A highlight of Billie's life was traveling to Scotland. She was proud of her heritage and loved hearing bagpipe music. So much so, she took bagpipe lessons herself! It was Billie's faith in God that was most important in her life. Billie attended church from a very young age. She came to Christ on November 8, 1946 at the age of 21 and was baptized on November 17, 1946 at Walnut Street Baptist Church in Owensboro, KY. She became a member of that church on January 12, 1947. Upon moving to Peoria, IL, she began attending Bethany Baptist Church in 1953, ultimately becoming a member on November 2, 1963. As a dedicated member of Bethany Baptist Church for over 53 years, she served in Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, choir and many women's ministries. Billie lived this life with one purpose - glorifying God. She was a woman of grace, strength and dignity who spoke with wisdom and faithful instruction. A plaque which hung in her home read, "As for me and my house we will serve the Lord - Joshua 24:15." Billie ran her home and lived her life by this verse. Her husband called her 'the hardest working woman I ever saw'. She was seldom found idle, except on Sunday afternoons, working from dawn till dusk: being a godly wife, tending to the affairs of her household, providing godly nurturing of both her children and grandchildren, serving her church and community as God led her and using her time wisely. She was the epitome of the Proverbs 31 woman. Alzheimer's impacted Billie's brain and body but it never touched her soul. Even amidst the destruction of this ravaging disease, her smile, laugh, tender love and compassion never ceased. Her personal relationship with God was clearly evident.
We would like to thank the doctors and staff of OSF Richard L Owens Hospice facility for walking with us during Billie's final days on earth. Their love, compassion and dedication for honoring people's lives is extraordinaire.
Visitation will be held from 5 - 7 p.m., Monday, May 15, 2017 at Davison-Fulton-Woolsey-Wilton Funeral Home in Peoria, IL. Services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at Bethany Baptist Church in Edwards, IL, with visitation from 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. prior to the service. Reverends Michael Krippel and Jim Isbell will officiate. Burial will follow at Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria.
Memorials may be made to the Peoria Rescue Ministries of Peoria, IL or the OSF Richard L Owens Hospice Home.