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Mildred "Millie" Smith Billingsley
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Birth: Nov. 26, 1899
Violet Hill
Izard County
Arkansas, USA
Death: Jun. 22, 2000
Arkansas, USA

Millie Billingsley was only a month old when the 1900s began. Paved roads and automobiles were relatively unknown in the rural Arkansas she grew up in.

She made her own way as the 20th century unfolded, first owning and operating her own business, then going to work as a social worker for the state.

Billingsley died Thursday at age 100.

The White River Current, a newspaper at Calico Rock, wrote on Billingsley's 100th birthday that she was "a walking time machine that can take a person back to another era simply by recalling her life in the Ozark Hills."

She was born Nov. 26, 1899 to Dr. Jefferson Davis Smith and Betty Ashley Smith in Violet Hill in Izard County. As a child, she rode with her father in his horse and buggy on trips to treat the sick.

"Papa rode horses mostly in the beginning but his feet stayed cold and wet. He finally got a buggy and then a Model T. I was his chauffeur. I drove him almost everywhere he went." Billingsley wrote in the journal she began writing in her mid-90's to record some of her memories.

A graduate of Violet Hill High School she attended two years of business college.

She and her husband, Buell Billingsley were married Jan. 18, 1921, after he returned from overseas service in the Army. They had two children, Sibyl and Betty Sue.

Drawing on her business-school training, Billingsley owned and operated a general school in Violet Hill before going to work for the state Department of Public Welfare, now the Department of Human Services, as a social worker in Izard County. She retired on her 70th birthday after 32 years in that job.

After living in Violet Hill for 50 years, Billingsley moved to Horseshoe Bend in Izard County and then to Little Rock. Her husband died in 1970.
(Bio article written by Larry Ault, ADG newspaper, June 24, 2000, for obit. and full bio article)

They were buried next to her parents.

(To view additional information, contributed by Vera Reeves, 'click' on the picture of the double gravestone.) 
Family links: 
  Jefferson D. Smith (1866 - 1947)
  Nettie Elizabeth Ashley Smith (1876 - 1969)
  Buell Billingsley (1892 - 1970)
  Cecil G. Smith (1895 - 1918)*
  Mildred Smith Billingsley (1899 - 2000)
  Opal Smith Billingsley (1904 - 1933)*
*Calculated relationship
Violet Hill Cemetery
Violet Hill
Izard County
Arkansas, USA
Created by: Anonymous
Record added: Mar 06, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 49288635
Mildred Millie <i>Smith</i> Billingsley
Added by: Vera Reeves
Mildred Millie <i>Smith</i> Billingsley
Added by: Vera Reeves
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