Billie Rose Minard, of Tawas City, passed away Sunday, January 17, 2016 at the Iosco County Medical Care Facility, age 86 years. Billie was born on December 7, 1929 in Saginaw to Kenneth and Rose (Blehm) Carpenter. After high school graduation, she furthered her education at Michigan State University where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism. Billie worked for many years at the Michigan State Extension Office as a family aid worker. She will always be remembered for her enjoyment of reading, playing Bingo and cards, especially poker, and bridge. Above all, Billie truly was a very loving and caring mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She absolutely adored and cherished all the time she could spend with her family. Billie will be forever missed by all who knew and loved her. She is survived by her 6 loving children, Rebecca (Pat) Woiden of Caro, Mark (Laura) Minard of South Carolina, Gina Minard of Tawas City and her significant other Nelson Robinson, Sue Ann Moore of Tawas City, Laurel Minard of Grand Rapids, and Melissa (Frank) Lepard of Tawas City; 14 grandchildren, Alison, Tyler, Caitlin, Danielle, Donovan, Nicholas, Logan, Isabelle, Jessica, Michelle, Ian, Antoinette, and Anita; 12 great grandchildren; 1 great-great granddaughter; many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Billie is preceded in death by her husband, Ecil Minard in 2000, 1 sister, Doris Johnson, and her parents, Kenneth and Rose Carpenter. A funeral mass will be held on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at the Holy Family Catholic Church in East Tawas. Her family will welcome friends at the church on Wednesday from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (noon). Per her wishes, cremation will take place after the funeral mass. Those wishing to express their sympathy through a memorial contribution are asked to consider either the Iosco and Arenac Public Library or to the Woodlands Unit at the Iosco County Medical Care Facility (Alzheimer’s unit). An online guest registry is available at www.bureshfuneralhomes.com. Funeral arrangements are by the Buresh Funeral Home of Tawas City.
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