Dolores L. Billups, 91, of Grangeville, Idaho, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, in Boise.
Dolores was born to John and Claire Frei of Ferdinand on Oct. 20, 1923. She attended grammar and high school in Ferdinand before graduating from Lewiston State Normal School (now Lewis & Clark State College) where she played championship tennis and received her teaching certificate in 1943.
Following graduation, Dolores taught school at Boville, then at Nezperce where she coached the girl's basketball team. While there, she met her future husband, Ted Billups, a heavy equipment mechanic with Brown Motors since 1942. They married in June of 1946 and began their beautiful 69-year life journey together.
In 1948 they moved to Grangeville where Ted continued his career at Brown Motors and Dolores progressed through several positions. She taught eight years at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School and is still remembered by many as their favorite teacher. Subsequently she assisted in Dr. Rockwell's and then Dr. Greenwood's medical offices for 30 years and is remembered fondly by the numerous patients who met her.
Dolores was a devout and active parishioner of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Grangeville where she engaged in many activities through the years, including performing the duties of Lector and Eucharistic Minister, coordinating the prayer chain, arranging funeral dinners, leading the Rosary, and participating in Bible study. Additionally, she volunteered at Syringa Hospital and at the hospital's thrift store. Other activities Dolores enjoyed included playing bridge and walking.
In later years, Ted and Dolores's antique tractor collection, now numbering nearly 40 tractors, became a major focus for the couple. With Ted, Dolores was a member of the Lewis & Clark Antique Power Club and the Antique Caterpillar Machinery Owners Club, hosting many club meetings at their tractor museum in Grangeville.
Throughout the years, her extensive family always remained Dolores' s principal delight.
She was preceded in death by three brothers and one sister and is survived by her husband, Ted; two daughters and sons-in-law, Margaret and James Heath, and Jody and David Ginal; three grandchildren, Jenny Polek, Marc Logue and Daniel Heath; two great-grandchildren, Raeya and Teo Logue; two sisters, Norma Schumacher and Janet Klement; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Dolores will be greatly missed and remembered forever by family and friends who knew and loved her.
Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, Sept. 12, at 11:30 a.m. at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Grangeville. The Mass was preceded by a Rosary at 11 a.m Internment followed the Mass at Prairie View Cemetery. A memorial dinner at Sts. Peter and Paul Activity Center followed internment.
Services were under the direction of Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Northwest Children's Home in Lewiston, Idaho. Send condolences to the family to Blackmerfuneralhome.com.
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