|Birth: ||Oct. 6, 1927|
|Death: ||Feb. 27, 1996|
Sometimes called ‘Sissy' by her siblings, Billie, the second child and eldest daughter of Ellen Wallace Brock and William Oran Brock, was most often called by her first and middle names; ‘Billie Ann'. Although she was born in Austin, TX, she grew up in Kansas City, Missouri, as her parents moved her family there in the early 1930s.
In 1945, she attended Manual High School, in Kansas City, Missouri. She quit school in the middle of her Senior year, to marry her handsome soldier, Gerald Lee Mansell. Over 30 years later, Billie returned to an alternate high school, where she completed the requirements to graduate from high school, with the class of 1977; the same class as her youngest daughter.
In her 30s she worked for TWA and enjoyed traveling to California, treating her youngest two daughters with a trip to Disneyland. Later she would sometimes indulge in a few days in Las Vegas, where she would be found at small stakes Blackjack tables Downtown. With her quick, native intelligence she did modestly well responding to the challenge of the math of Blackjack and the percentages. One of her daughters or a friend might go with her and it was fun for all, attending shows and chowing on the famous 1 pound hotdog on the Strip.
Billie had a network of close friends that included many of her childhood girlfriends including Lavonne Fergason and Evelyn Grafton and was active in the Junior Old Timers, a social group for the Union Pacific Railroad. She was what many would have referred to as a ‘straight arrow' with firm convictions about Life and her belief in God. Although a member of the Faith Family Worship Center in Kansas City, Kansas, in the years prior she attended Morris Baptist Church through most of the 60s and 70s.
In 1986, Billie was admitted to Trinity Lutheran Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. After several days of testing it was determined that she had no function in one kidney and highly reduced function in the other. She went onto hemodialysis twice a week and was granted a disability pension. It was amazing when a few, short years later; she had enough kidney function to abandon dialysis and return to work with the Santa Fe Railroad until she took an early retirement in 1989; only to return to dialysis a short time later.
Gerald's death in April, 1994, was very difficult as she tried to comprehend the loss of her husband of 49 years. She struggled with depression and the endless grind of her dialysis which was now 3 times a week, but rallied to join a bridge club and involve herself more with her daughters and their families.
In February, 1996, she was a patient in Bethany Medical Center, when she called her youngest and oldest daughters and asked them to come see her. They were greatly dismayed when she told them that she could no longer deal with the tiresome round of her dialysis and hospitalizations (she was hospitalized 26 times in the last year of her life) and that she had made the decision to stop dialysis and go on hospice care. She went to the little home behind the family's old home place and her daughters immediately set about organizing an open house for Billie's family and friends to see her, claiming the right to privacy with their mother in the few days Billie would have afterwards.
Two days later, more than 60 people showed up to say their final goodbyes to her, including siblings whom she'd not seen in years. She glowed with serenity and the conviction that she was doing the right thing. The day after the open house, in spite of it being Winter, she enjoyed a small miracle as God smiled on her and blessed her with a last taste of Spring, while she sat outside with the kiss of sunshine on her face.
Billie passed away just 5 days after her release from the hospital, surrounded by her daughters and their love. The experience taught her family and many of those closest to her a great lesson in dying with dignity. Many still feel the loss of her presence in their lives.
Billie Ann Mansell, 68, Kansas City, KS, died February 27, 1996, at the home. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday, March 1, at Maple Hill Funeral Home. Friends may call 6-9 p.m. Thursday, at the funeral home. The family suggests contributions to the Faith Temple Building Fund. Mrs. Mansell was born in Travis, TX, and had lived in Kansas City, KS, for most of her life. She was a clerk for the Sante Fe Railroad for 12 years, retiring in 1990. She was a member of the Faith Temple. Mrs. Mansell was a longtime volunteer for the KCPT Channel 19 Auction; a member of the Sante Fe Retirees; and a member of Serenity Alanon Group. She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Gerald L Mansell, in April of 1994. Survivors include four daughters, Penny L. Berry, Kearney, MO, Karen L. McGarvey, Donna L. Edler and Cathy L. Kerns, all of Kansas City, KS; two brothers, William O. Brock, Jr., Jacksonville, FL, and Carl E. Brock, Overland Park, KS; two sisters, Betty Sue Barnes, Edwards, MO, and Gloria May Graham, Shawnee, KS; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
William Oran Brock (1898 - 1966)
Ellen Leona Wallace Brock (1904 - 1962)
Gerald Lee Mansell (1921 - 1994)
Karen Leann Mansell McGarvey (1949 - 2008)*
Billie Ann Brock Mansell (1927 - 1996)
Carl Estes Brock (1928 - 2004)*
Betty Sue Brock Barnes (1932 - 2008)*
Gloria May Brock Graham (1938 - 2008)*
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It's Mother's Day again - and I'm still missing you. Luv you Mama.|
Added: May. 12, 2013
I'm missing you Mama. I can't help but be sad, I want to hold you and be held by you so badly. I love you.|
Added: Sep. 3, 2012
i know yall miss her like i miss my mom you never get over it it get better with time but it hits home when b-days come love u cat and miss u 2222222222222 love debbie|
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