Pauline Ellen (Garlick) Billington

Pauline Ellen (Garlick) Billington


Pauline Ellen Billington (Garlick) was born in Oneida, NY and raised on a dairy farm in Clevelend, NY. Born to Eva and Raymond, the youngest of 5 children, they were brought up loving Jesus. Pauline prayed many times for her soul to be saved, but the first time she asked Jesus into her heart she was 7 years old. She was baptized a few years later. After she graduated high school, she attended Baptist Bible Seminary in Johnson City, NY where she met the love of her life and husband of 56 years, Eldon Billington. They were united in marriage on June 18, 1966. Pauline took a job with IBM in Endicott, NY and after a year put in a transfer to the closest place to Missouri, which was Rochester, MN.

In Rochester they both found jobs at IBM, joined the Rochester Water Shows, bought a hobby farm, had two daughters Bonnie and Barb and made frequent trips to Missouri. Pauline and Eldon were a true team and did everything together. In 1988, they briefly moved to Kansas City, MO with IBM however
moved back to Rochester after Barb was diagnosed with a brain tumor at the age of 11. Pauline was the most amazing caretaker to her daughter Barb during that time and the Mayo Clinic saved Barb’s life. In 1997, Pauline retired from IBM after 31 years and they, along with Barb, built their home in Greencastle, MO. Pauline loved being a partner to her husband, a mother to her two daughters, and a grandma to her three grandchildren Isaiah, Beau, and Ionee. As a husband-and-wife team, they enjoyed fishing, hunting, and worshipping through song and sermons. Pauline had a servant’s heart and was the most incredible host to people who visited her home throughout the years. Through the years, Pauline and Eldon attended Hazel Creek Free Will Baptist Church, Cornerstone Church, and Grace Pointe Free Will Baptist. Pauline met many friends during this time and was influential to many young Christians. Her hope is that everyone she loved here on Earth will meet her in Heaven someday.

In March 2022, Pauline was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lung Cancer and fought courageously through radiation treatments, multiple surgeries, and targeted therapies to stay here on Earth for her family. On August 8th, 2022 at 11:01pm she went to her Heavenly home with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Pauline is survived by her husband Eldon Billington, her two daughters Bonnie Billington Packer (Mike), Barb Billington, her three grandchildren Isaiah, Beau and Ionee Jurrens, her siblings by birth and marriage, Esther Damon, Caroline Wine, David (Alta) Garlick, and Ruth (Calvin) Collins, Clyde (Ellie) Billington, Lyndia Billington, Cindy Foster, Bryan Sr. (Brenda) Billington and many nephews and nieces, aunts and uncles, and the best of friends; who will remember her for her kindness, love, and patience for everyone.

She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Eva (Cooper) and Raymond Garlick; father-in-law, Clyde Billington; mother-in-law, Helen Cooley; and sister-in-law, Candice Billington.

Funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday, August 13, 2022 at Travis-Noe Funeral Home in Kirksville, Missouri, with Pastor Rick Chapman presiding. Burial in the Lipp Cemetery will immediately follow the service. The family will receive friends from noon until the start of the service.

Expressions of sympathy in memory of Pauline may be made to the Grace Pointe Freewill Baptist Church in Hannibal, Missouri, and left at or mailed to Travis-Noe Funeral Home, Kirksville, MO 63501.

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