Billie Lee Essary

Billie Lee Essary, age 66 of Oroville, went home to be with Jesus on April 12, 2013. Billie was born in Tonasket on January 11, 1947 to Lola Mae Willis and Joe Kenneth Keithey.

Billie lived in Oroville and was a pillar in the community and in her church. She married Manford Essary on Nov. 4, 1961 and they had three daughters Tangie Studdard, Tina Rounds and Tammy Essary. Billie worked in the apple sheds for several years. She loved family get-togethers and she poured her life into family and her church, Valley Christian Fellowship. She was loved by all and will be greatly missed.

Billie is survived by her dad Joe Keithly; daughters: Tangie Studdard, Tina Rounds and Tammy Essary; siblings: Carol Vandiver, Patricia Frazier, Steven Frazier, Cindi Dickerson and Teresa Roberts; six grandchildren and five great grandchildren

She was preceded in death by her brothers Clifford Willis and Dennis Frazier, husband Manford Essary and mother Lola Nelson.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 10 a.m. at the Valley Christian Fellowship with Pastor Randy McAllister officiating.

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