Billie Gillett, 85, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, at her home surrounded by her family. She was born on May 30, 1933, in Holyoke, Colorado to Clarence and Hazel Carpenter.
Billie spent her early years around the Lusk area and moved to the Powell area while she was in elementary school. She married Roy Althoff at the age of 16. They enjoyed farming and playing in a band together at local establishments. They had three children.
After Roy’s death, she married Don Gillett in May 1962. They bought a home and farm on Heart Mountain full of lifelong memories with their children. They were married for 51 years, in which they raised seven children, were blessed with 19 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
She was a devoted, hardworking and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She worked alongside her husband Don in all aspects of the farm. She took pleasure in family time and hard work. Her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were very important to her. She also treasured the adopted children and grandchildren who knew her as Grandma Gillett. She followed all of her grandchildren in their activities that included gymnastics, baseball, basketball, football, track, wrestling, volleyball, cheerleading, soccer, swimming, diving, clogging, piano recitals, school programs and Stars of Tomorrow. She will be remembered by her big conversion van that was always filled with kids traveling to and from activities.
Billie is survived by her children Debbie (Jeff) Wambeke, Gary Gillett, Carol (Bob) McLeran, Judy (Bart) Bullinger, Jeri Gillett, Donnie (Dana) Gillett and David Gillett; her grandchildren Janice Wambeke, Laurie Schuler, Scott Wambeke, Kristy Fields, Ronnie Gillett, Kimberly Garcia, Michelle McLeran, Kayla Bullinger, Randy Bullinger, Kurt Bullinger, Mark Bullinger, Andy Gillett, Ashley Horst, Trevor Gillett, Tracy Herd, Travis Gillett and Trent Gillett; 18 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Hazel Carpenter; her first husband, Roy Althoff; husband, Don Gillett; grandchildren Melissa Gillett and Nicolas Gillett; her sisters Jean Cheney, Twila Bancroft, Marsha Fetzer, Lucille Allsup, and brother Bob Carpenter.
Funeral Mass services were held Friday, Aug. 10, 2018, at St. Barbara’s Catholic Church. Vigil Services were Thursday, Aug. 9. Burial followed at the Crown Hill Cemetery.
Arrangements were handled by Thompson Funeral Home and Crematory. Memorials may be sent to St. Joseph’s Children’s Home in Torrington. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.thompsonfuneral.net or P.O. Box 807, Powell, WY 82435.