After being engaged in a difficult struggle with intestinal problems, and following an emergency surgery that went awry, Billie Boggs Rardin escaped the pains of living by accepting the invitation of her Lord and went to live with Him on November 1, 2016. Billie was born on the morning of March 22, 1938, in the farmhouse of her father William Gay Boggs and her mother Myrtle Belle Hughes Boggs. She joined her family of one brother and three sisters and enjoyed her early years on the farm. When she was nine years old, the family moved to Ravenswood where she graduated high school in 1956. In that fall Billie Boggs was married to Ray Rardin and together they raised a family of four girls and one boy. During their 60 year marriage they lived in West Virginia, Indiana, and Iowa. Billie was an active member of the Earlville United Parish Church and at one time an active member of the Lamont Methodist Church and the Common Grounds Board of Directors. She has been a long-time member of the Iowa Order of Eastern Star and served as Grand Martha in 1985 and as Grand Representative of Virginia in 2004.
Billie Boggs Rardin is survived by her husband, one sister, and her four daughters; Cynthia Lynn (Denny) and her three children, Charlene Gaye (John) and her seven children, Catherine Ann (Don) and her four children, Carmelle Kaye (Keith) and her two sons, and one son Marc Edward (Dawn) and his two sons. She is also survived by eleven great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father and mother, one brother, and two sisters.
Billie was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, and friend to everyone she met. Her passing will leave a void most difficult to fill.
The visitation will be Sunday November 6, 2016, at Clifton – Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Earlville, Iowa. Visitation hours will be from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. with an Eastern Star service to follow. The funeral will be on Monday November 7, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. in the Earlville United Parish, with burial in the Campton – Oakhill Cemetery, Lamont. A lunch will follow the funeral.
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