Billie Fern Drury

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ARLINGTON -- Billie Fern Drury, 93, passed away Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012, in Arlington. Funeral: 10 a.m. Monday at Wade Family Funeral Home, 4140 W. Pioneer Parkway, Arlington. Interment: 2 p.m. Monday in Brushy Cemetery, Bowie. Visitation: The family will receive friends 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Wade Family Funeral Home. Billie Fern was born May 18, 1918, in Bowie to Arthur Willis and Bertha Roberts Willis. She married Ervin Drury on April 12, 1941. After the loss of her husband, she moved to Arlington where she began her career as a beautician. She owned and operated several salons in Arlington throughout her career. Billie retired in 1981 and moved back to Bowie. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Bowie. Her desire to be with her family brought her back to Arlington six years ago, where she resided at Town Village. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ervin Drury, who died in World War II while in service to his country; sister, Hazel Hankins; and brother, Dr. Selwyn Willis. Survivors: Daughter, Fran Baker and husband, Bruce; grandchildren, Shan Raley and Deidra Deaton and husband, Kent; great-grandchildren, Lindsay Hare and husband, Michael, Ryan Raley, Dillon Deaton and Logan Deaton; great-great-grandson, Cooper Raley; and numerous nieces and nephews. Wade Family Funeral Home Arlington, 817-274-9233

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  1. Dear Fran and Bruce and Family
    May the love of our Heavenly Father fill your hearts with peace and comfort you…Our love and prayers are with you…..
    Mike and Becki

  2. Dear Fran and Bruce,
    May our heavenly father bring you comfort and peace knowing that your dear mother and Mother in Law Billie is in heaven and will be with you always.

  3. Thoughts at 9:30 A.M., March 9.

    Fifty-six years ago, one of the sweetest people I knew, or was ever to know, taught a little seven year old boy the following words:

    “Now I lay me down to sleep,

    I pray the Lord my soul to keep,

    If I should die before I wake,

    I pray the Lord my soul to take.”

    This morning, at 6:30 A.M., fifty-six years after she taught me those words, Billie Fern Drury, my beloved aunt, died before she woke. She was surrounded by her loving family. Also in attendance, though noticed by none, was the Lord Jesus Christ to whom she had taught me to pray so many years ago. He was there to lead her through a new and glorious sunrise, which would herald a new day, an eternal day, for a sweet, sweet spirit. This morning in Arlington, Tx, the sun rose at 7:18 A.M. Billie was already forty-eight minutes into eternity. REST IN PEACE Billie Fern. We will never forget.

    Fran, Bruce, and family, we love you all. You are in our prayers.

  4. As the one year anniversary of your mother’s passing approaches, we pray that God’s love for you continues to fill your heart with peace and His abiding presence gives added comfort.
    Mike and Becki Glenn

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