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Billet - R.I.P.

Post by Ibid » Sat Jun 22, 2013 5:41 pm

Wish I didn't have to post this...

Billet passed away the first week of June 2013.

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out of respect to her (and her husband's) privacy.

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Post by incognita » Sat Jun 22, 2013 6:17 pm

I am so very sorry to hear that she passed. She had a large presence on the board during the early days, and she was one of the biggest fundraisers both for the board and for Albodine.

My best to her friends & family.
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Post by rider5 » Sat Jun 22, 2013 6:21 pm

Oh man that's sad. I didn't think she was all that old.

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Post by muthafunky » Sat Jun 22, 2013 6:23 pm

Really terrible news, sorry to hear this. I don't believe she was that old, she had cancer.

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Post by cuchulainn » Sat Jun 22, 2013 6:26 pm

She was a nice lady.

I'm sorry.

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Post by Shavenhead » Sat Jun 22, 2013 6:34 pm

I remember her. That's very sad news.
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Post by Logg » Sat Jun 22, 2013 6:34 pm

Really sad news.

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Post by Potpie » Sat Jun 22, 2013 6:37 pm

:( :cry:

RIP, Billet.

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Post by Sonora » Sat Jun 22, 2013 7:14 pm

I'm so sorry to hear this. Billet was a genuinely nice person.

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Post by Mr_D » Sat Jun 22, 2013 7:22 pm

Very sad news indeed, R.I.P Billet
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Post by eric84 » Sat Jun 22, 2013 7:26 pm

Very sorry to hear that. A fundamentally decent person
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Post by NorthernLight » Sat Jun 22, 2013 7:32 pm

Very sad news. If possible, please convey our condolences to her hubby.

She was one of the good ones.
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Post by judik » Sat Jun 22, 2013 7:51 pm

So sad.I had a chance to meet her on a long layover in Dallas,wish I had
She sounded exactly as i had pictured her sounding when we touched base by phone
She was a powwrful force in the early days of this board
Send my sincere condolences to her family if you can ibid
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Post by flojin » Sat Jun 22, 2013 7:55 pm

That is a bummer. I liked Billet.
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Post by judik » Sat Jun 22, 2013 7:57 pm

I am paraphrasing her but one thing she always saying was that this board was so left leaning it was in danger of toppling over :)
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Post by avalon_ » Sat Jun 22, 2013 8:01 pm

I wasn't around when she posted her, but I send my condolences to her friends and family.

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Post by NorthernLight » Sat Jun 22, 2013 8:02 pm

I can't not think of the knives when I think of her.

And her carrying a bullet in their parka and nobody noticing it until the return flight.
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Post by kirrabi » Sat Jun 22, 2013 8:08 pm

It's sad news. I didn't know her well but I thought of her as a person of true grit.
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Post by Bluedoglover » Sat Jun 22, 2013 8:36 pm

Sad. She was a very spunky lady!
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Post by aero » Sat Jun 22, 2013 9:00 pm

I am very sorry to hear this and my condolences to her family. She was one of my favourite posters and I am sorry that I never got to meet her in person.

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Post by 5waldos » Sat Jun 22, 2013 9:52 pm

I do remember her- so very sorry to hear the news, and thank you for bringing this to us. Hope her husband and family are doing ok- this must be terribly hard on them.

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Post by RandomThoughts » Sat Jun 22, 2013 10:19 pm

I'm so sorry to hear she lost her battle... She put up a good fight. Condolences to her husband and family.
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Post by pezworld » Sat Jun 22, 2013 11:05 pm

Oh, I am so sad to hear this. She was a really good woman. Feisty, funny, beautiful, spirited.

See Famous Dishes for threads as examples of what she organized when Albodine died. She was the one who rallied a bunch of us to donate toward his mother's expenses. It really was a special effort from a special lady.

All my best to her husband and other survivors.
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Post by jono_in_adelaide » Sat Jun 22, 2013 11:12 pm

She was indeed one of he worlds good people, both here and in real life, she was also a doer, the way she organised the collection for Al's mother was amazing.

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Post by auntie_social » Sun Jun 23, 2013 1:06 am

I feared this when we did not hear from her for so long. She was funny, smart, caring and kind, she took the time to look out for Albodine and for Vera, Al's mom. She became a friend over time and she will be missed greatly. Condolences to her husband and family.
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Post by crzypt » Sun Jun 23, 2013 2:06 am

She left a huge mark on this place, and all for the better

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Post by simon_in_exile » Sun Jun 23, 2013 3:16 am

Wow - very sad news indeed. I was just reading the thread yesterday about what she did for Al - reminded me how caring she was - and then this. She will be missed.
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Post by polardude1 » Sun Jun 23, 2013 4:05 am

This is very sad news. She was sincerely a nice person. She could not have been that old at all, so she left this world way too soon/ I was always sorry to se tat she left the board.

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Post by spampants » Sun Jun 23, 2013 8:09 am

Fuck this sad shit. I'm sharpening a knife and shooting a gun in the District in memory of this cool lady.
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Post by The Mallard Missie » Sun Jun 23, 2013 2:04 pm

I am not sure if I had any dealings with her - I hope I never duck-spammed her - but send my condolences to her family and friends. I know what they are going through. :(
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Post by Ryan » Sun Jun 23, 2013 3:55 pm

Very sorry to hear that.

This board is only the board it is because of a handful of posters who not only defined, but supported the place. She was one of them.
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Post by pezworld » Sun Jun 23, 2013 4:13 pm

Didn't she shoot snakes?
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Post by section8 » Sun Jun 23, 2013 4:33 pm

RIP.
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Post by judik » Sun Jun 23, 2013 4:52 pm

pezworld wrote:Didn't she shoot snakes?

didn't she ride out on her tractor and shoot rattlesnakes on her property?
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Post by Steve_in_Exile » Sun Jun 23, 2013 5:16 pm

Was she the one with the air conditioning business? I had the impression she was middle aged. Anyone know how old she was, or any other details about what type of cancer she had and how long she had been fighting it?

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Post by CatScanMan » Sun Jun 23, 2013 6:23 pm

Didn't know her but exchanged the odd post online. She seemed like a good person. Sad.

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Post by Wilster » Sun Jun 23, 2013 6:41 pm

Ibid wrote:Note:
If you know her off-line identify, please keep it to yourself
out of respect to her (and her husband's) privacy.


I liked Billet, total cool lady; she sent me a nice note when my brother passed. Ms Wilster and I spoke with her a couple times on the phone when the former first moved over in '05.

Like many have already said, she was quite the mover and shaker when it came to getting things (fundraising, or trusting ones credit card with her to make a donation) done, but I remember her more for the property she and hubby bought out of Dallas. She LOVED that plot of land and house; her and hubby worked it every chance they could if I remember correctly.

Steve, from the site that I believe Billet started. She first reported her condition back in '10 almost three years to the day:

Hi, All!

My crazy job has kept me SO busy that I haven’t had time to post here in months and months. Sorry for my absence.

Just wanted to let everyone know that I’ve hit a rough patch in my life. I was diagnosed with lung cancer, last month. On June 1st, I had surgery to remove the entire upper lobe of my left lung. I rebounded quickly from the surgery. I was discharged from the hospital in 3 days, and 5 hours.

Last Friday, July 2nd, I had my first chemotherapy treatment.
I will get 4 months of chemo. Each month, I’ll have treatments for 3 weeks, and have one week off to recover, before the next treatment.

I wasn’t even going to mention my condition on this board, but Ultra Doof finally convinced me that you folks would like to know about it.


B.


I tried to email and even phoned a couple times in the past, but only got limited response; I think an email not detailing too much, but that we would catch up further. We never really did; I wish we would have, but respected her wishes that she keep things her way.

She did lean right, which wasn't such a bad thing, but seems she got fed up with some here; that's another thing I liked about her, she didn't hold back. And when she didn't hold back, it was done with her style. Not off the cuff, but thought out and her thoughts given where she grew up; nothing wrong with that. Just straight talk, no searching the internets to find a voice--she had a big voice, but not loud. Had she stayed here, this place would have been better.
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Post by F4J » Sun Jun 23, 2013 6:47 pm

The Mallard Missie wrote:I am not sure if I had any dealings with her - I hope I never duck-spammed her - but send my condolences to her family and friends. I know what they are going through. :(


Duckie your memory is rubbish. We most verily duckspammed her. She banned us a few times and used to bitch about having to clear up the mess we made all over the forum. A couple of times I even followed her onto her invite only forum and filled that with duckspam.

Poor woman. Even I am sad to hear she is gone.

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Post by Ibid » Sun Jun 23, 2013 7:50 pm

I've known her for almost 40 years of drinking each
other under the table (heh) and miss her terribly.

She put up quite a fight, but the cancer was relentless.

There has been no request for donations to a cause.
I watched her go from smoking to non-smoking back
to non-smoking (rinse, repeat) the whole time I've known
her. Used to tell her each time she stopped was practice
for the Big Quit. So if you want to donate anything, I'd
suggest being supportive to anyone you know that's
trying to quit smoking.

Let me clarify that. Billet wouldn't have wanted anyone
to *nag* someone in her name, just be encouraging.

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Post by Ibid » Sun Jun 23, 2013 8:00 pm

Wilster wrote:
Ibid wrote:[...]
I tried to email and even phoned a couple times in the past, but only got limited response; I think an email not detailing too much, but that we would catch up further. We never really did; I wish we would have, but respected her wishes that she keep things her way.
]...]


And I know she appreciated that.
While she helped many others, she was loath to accept help.
Hadn't yet figured out that showing weakness can sometimes
be a sign of strength.

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Post by spampants » Sun Jun 23, 2013 8:44 pm

You her partner, Ibid?
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Post by coffeeguy » Sun Jun 23, 2013 8:52 pm

A real class act and true Texas lady.

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Post by northern_goddess » Sun Jun 23, 2013 9:30 pm

I didn't know her. She was on this board before my time but I certainly have heard about her from other posters here. I send my condolences to those of you who are feeling sad about her loss whether you met her in person or just knew her from years of posting with her. ~~~big hugs~~~
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Post by Citizen Baba » Sun Jun 23, 2013 10:34 pm

Shit. She was both a good egg and our mother hen. Didn't she lead the donation charge when albo died?

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Post by incognita » Sun Jun 23, 2013 10:58 pm

Billet & I both gathered donations and I gave the money to Albo & his mom. We worked together on it.
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Post by jono_in_adelaide » Sun Jun 23, 2013 11:53 pm

Incognita, what you and Billet did was the stews proudest moment - I hope you still feel very proud
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Post by incognita » Mon Jun 24, 2013 12:22 am

It WAS the stew's finest momemt, and it's why I stick around this place. Billet and I worked together pretty closely on it, we emailed & spoke on the phone a few times as well. I have missed her down-to-earth presence on the board also.

And I think Spampants probably has it right, she and her husband were making knives, IIRC and she did like to shoot. If he goes out and shoots a snake, I know Billet would approve :)
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Post by justinian » Mon Jun 24, 2013 1:31 am

I'm sorry, ibid. and anyone else who knew and loved her.

I'm having whiskey in her honor.
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Post by Bosworth » Mon Jun 24, 2013 1:37 am

Thats really sad. I always liked her. RIP
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Post by Lime_Pickle » Mon Jun 24, 2013 7:52 am

Wow, awful. I knew she'd stopped posting here but not that she was ill. Poor family.
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