Northwest NEWS

April 19, 1999

Local News

Obituary: Billie Haroldeen (Willis) Meyers

   Billie Haroldeen (Willis) Meyers passed away at home in Duvall, on Easter Sunday, April 4. She was born July 18, 1929 in Sumner, the daughter of Harold A. Willis and Anna Bell Jones (Willis), the first of four children. She lived most of her life in the Woodinville/Duvall area.

   When Billie was 14 and living with her family near what is now Mack's Corner, her mother died. Billie, who was attending Bothell HIgh School at the time, had to quit to take care of her two younger brothers. She also worked in the truck gardens in Woodinville, weeding and preparing produce for shipping in order to make extra money.

   In 1949, while milking her aunt's cow in Cle Elum, she met and later married Carl Meyers and moved to Oregon where the couple had a child, Cheryl. Following their return to the Seattle area, Carl worked for the Boeing Company until his retirement in 1991, and Billie worked in the Boeing cafeteria for eight years.

   In 1966, Carl and Bille bought a home on five acres in Cherry Valley near Duvall. In the following years, the Meyers took into their family and raised three of Billie's nephews, and later, a granddaughter named Billy Jo, who the couple legally adopted. Billie was a good mother to all of them, and her home always had room for those who needed help.

   When the large home and five acres became too much for the Meyers, they moved to a house on Bird St. in Duvall, and after a year, to the Depot Village Mobile Home Park. Her interests were her children and grandchildren, working in her large flower garden, traveling, camping, and canning.

   Survivors include her husband of 49 years, Carl Meyers; daughter, Billie Jo Conley and son-in-law, Jeff; grandchildren, Christopher, Jessica and Janet of Snoqualmie; brother, Harold Willis of Duvall; daughter, Cheryl Kulp and son-in-law Virgil Kulp of Fallon, Nevada; granddaughter, Kathryn Milsten and her husband Eric and great-grandchildren Rosella and Kenneth of Fallon, Nevada; brother, Keith Willis of Saanchton, B.C.; sister, Roberta Poage of Otis, Louisiana; nephews, Harold Willis of California, Jim Willis of Kenmore, David Willis of Everett; nieces, Nancy, Shelly and Patty of Cle Elum, and Audrey of Colorado.