Billie Hancock, age 90, of Philip, S.D., died Friday, January 27, 2012, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.
Beulah B. “Billie” Rockwell was born January 31, 1921, in Grand Junction, Iowa, the daughter of Ernest and Anna (Jackson) Rockwell. She grew up in the Bayard area where she graduated from Bayard Consolidated School in 1938.
Following graduation she came to Martin to help her sister on a ranch. There she met Dale Hancock.
She was united in marriage to Charles Dale Hancock on September 10, 1938, in Kadoka. They made their home on a ranch south of Tuthill until 1946, when they moved to a ranch north of Ottumwa, where they lived until 1980.
In 1980, Billie and Dale moved to Albia, Iowa, to care for her mother. After her mother’s death they continued to live in Albia, where she was a volunteer with Helping Hands and with Hospice of Monroe County. She was selected Hospice Volunteer of the Year in 1996, for that area.
After Dale’s death in 1982, Billie continued to live in Albia until 1997 when she moved back to Philip. Since returning to Philip, she has enjoyed doing volunteer work at the Philip Nursing Home and with the Bad River Senior Citizen’s Center.
As a child, Billie attended the Methodist Episcopal Church in Bayard, Iowa. While in Albia she attended and was active in the Presbyterian church until it closed, then she transferred to the First Christian Church. Since returning to Philip, she has attended and been active in the Community Evangelical Free Church in Philip.
Thankful for having shared her life are her two daughters, Enid Schulz of Philip and Judith Neff and her husband, Jim Angell, of Sedro Woolley, Wash.; four grandchildren, Janice Schofield and her husband, Mike, of Philip, Larry Schulz and his wife, Rose Ann, of Philip, Roger Schulz and his wife, Sherryl, of Spearfish, and Margo Thayer and her husband, Leo, of Spanaway, Wash.; seven great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren; a granddaughter-in-law, Liz Neff of Independence, Mo.; three brothers, Clarence Rockwell and his wife, Shirley, of Albia, Iowa, Jay Rockwell and his wife, Gerry, of Sioux Falls, and Richard Rockwell and his wife, Dee, of Oxon Hill, Md.; one sister, Darlene Palmer of Des Moines, Iowa; and a host of other relatives and friends.
In addition to her husband, Dale, Billie was preceded in death by her parents; one grandson, Sgt. Charles Neff; one brother, Howard Rockwell; two sisters, Annise Braman and Blanch Jackson; and two sons-in-law, Victor Neff, and Lyle Schulz.
Services were held Tuesday, January 31, at the Evangelical Free Church in Philip, with Pastor Gary Wahl officiating.
Music was provided by Marilyn Millage, pianist, and Maureen Palecek, vocalist.
Ushers were Lawrence Schofield, Reuben Vollmer, Jr., and Bud Stickler. Pallbearers were Mike, Bruce, Jeff and Kathy Rockwell, Randy Palmer and Arthur McIlravy.
Interment was at the Masonic Cemetery in Philip.
Rush Funeral Home of Philip was in charge of arrangements.
A memorial has been established.
Her online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome.com