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Ila Belle (Billie) Brown
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 • Posted July 11, 2013

Billie Holt Brown went to be with her beloved husband, Jim, on Sunday, June 9, 2013. Per her wishes, a privategathering by family members was held at the Wagram Cemetery.

She was born January 17, 1928, a twin daughter of Jessie McAllen (Mack) Holt and Kizzie Ferguston Holt. She grew up in the Fredonia community, graduated from Mason High School and attended Nixon-Clay business school. She married Ralph James (Jim) Brown on December 11, 1989, and the couple moved from Midland to Mason shortly thereafter.

Billie was stricken with polio before the age of two and endured many surgeries on her leg, first walking with a brace, and later with crutches. Despite this, she enjoyed a long and rewarding career beginning with the United Telephone Company in Mason in September of 1946. The company became a subsidiary of Bell Telephone, and in 1957, Ms. Brown transferred to Midland. Upon retirement, she was recognized for over 32 years of loyal and dedicated service.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim, and four sisters: Lorene Tyler, Maudell McDonald, Pearl Murrah and Jessie Nobles. She is survived by her twin sister, Nell Sparks and husband Holden of Midland, and a brother, Arthur D. (Sonny) Holt and wife Nancy of Mason, numerous nieces and nephews and many longtime friends from her days at the telephone company.

Billie is remembered by family and friends as a lovely, meticulous and very generous lady, someone who was an inspiration to many.

For those wishing to do so, memorials may be made to the Wagram Cemetery, or the charity of your choice.

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