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Monday, June 17, 2024 at 5:32 PM



Billie Rae Schoonover died May 9, 2024, at her home in Johnstown. She was 93.

Billie was born December 10, 1930, at Liberty, Illinois, the oldest daughter of Joseph and Edith Carl. She grew up in Liberty and graduated high school there.

On October 2, 1948, she married Richard (Dick) Schoonover. Their honeymoon was a road trip from Illinois to California for his new job. They later moved back to Illinois and in 1959 moved to Arvada. Dick worked for Martin Marietta, now Lockheed Martin, and Billie was a stay-athome mom to their four children: Michael, Ardis, Daniel and Andra. After the children were older, she worked retail.

In 1973, Dick was transferred to Texas and later to Louisiana for NASA projects; they returned to Colorado in 1980.

After Dick’s death in 2003, Billie moved to Broomfi eld and then to Johnstown in 2015.

Billie was a teacher at heart. She was a 4-H leader, a Sunday School and Bible Study teacher and taught crafts. Both she and Dick were very involved in the churches they attended. Their faith was the cornerstone of their lives.

She was an extraordinary crafter in mediums too numerous to mention.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; grandson, Luke Briggs; sonin- law, Clyde Briggs; as well as brothers-and-sisters-inlaw.

She is survived by her sister, Judith Morgan; children, Michael (Cindy) Schoonover of Colorado and Arizona, Ardis (Jerry) Tomlinson of Johnstown, Daniel (Gayle) Schoonover of Slidell, Louisiana, and Andra (Michael) Flagler of Rifle, Colorado; as well as eight grandchildren, great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson. Also surviving is sister-in-law Linda Hargrove, and nieces and nephews and friends.

Celebration of Life will be June 11 at Olinger Chapel Hill Mortuary in Centennial. Committal Service at Fort Logan National Cemetery will follow.

The family thanks caregivers Patrice, Celia, Tammy, Olivia, Janna and Chris, as well as ComForCare and Pathways Hospice, for Billie’s care.

Memorial gifts may be made to the American Bible Society or to Pathways Hospice.