Milinda “Billie” Dewar (née Unruh)
Billie Dewar entered this world on June 28, 1927, on the family farm in Richey, Mont.
She was the 12th of 14 children born to Andrew and Minnie Unruh. From her mother, Billie learned of God’s unrelenting love, and at an early age she accepted Jesus as her Lord and Saviour.
At the age of 18, she met a handsome young cowboy from Canada while she waited tables in Wolf Point, Mont. It was life-long love at first sight. After she married that cowboy, Don Dewar, in 1945, she took on the role of devoted wife, and then mother, as she and the growing family accompanied Don across most of the U.S. and Canada as he made his living as a professional rodeo cowboy. After Don retired from competition in 1955, they farmed in Ernfold, Sask., then Enderby, B.C. In 1966, they moved their five children to Salmon Arm, B.C., which would be their home for more than 30 years.
While Don ran a printing shop, then a garbage and septic tank service, Billie revelled in the role of caring for her husband and family. She raised her children with an abiding sense of the love of the Lord. In 1997, Don and Billie retired to Kamloops, B.C. Then, in 2004, they made their last big move to Finch, Ont. to live out their days close to their youngest daughter.
Billie, who suffered numerous health issues all her life, finally left this world and went home to be with her Lord and Saviour on Thurs., July 6, 2017. She was the last living member of the Andrew Unruh children.
She is survived by her adoring husband of 72 years, Don, who now resides at the Woodland Villa in Long Sault. She leaves behind her daughter, Linda Gleddie (Doug) of Kamloops; sons Murray (Marti) and Garlyn (Tarrie), both of Campbell River, B.C.; and daughter Lenae Bamber (Murray) of Finch, as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Billie was predeceased by her son, Loren, in 1976.
A Celebration of Billie’s Life will be held on Sat., July 22 at 11 am at The Gathering House, 2 Water St. in Chesterville.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Samaritan’s Purse in both Canada and the U.S.
The funeral arrangements are entrusted to Wilson Funeral Home, 822 Pitt St., in Cornwall.
Online messages of condolence may be made in the obituary section of www.wilsonfuneralhome.ca