Billie Nell Law Wilder August 6, 1941 - January 24, 2023
Billie Nell Law Wilder passed away January 24, 2023, following a sudden illness. She was 81 years old. Billie was born in Vivian, Louisiana and over the years lived in various places in East Texas, Florida and Louisiana before retiring in Quitman, Texas.
Loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and yes, great-great grandmother, Billie was enjoying life after retiring from a long career as a registered nurse. A Certified Master Gardener, Billie was an advocate for care of the environment, and enjoyed gardening, focusing on planting native flowers and plants to support pollinators as well as other wildlife. An avid birder, her feeders were never empty. Billie was born into a long line of quilters, and proudly continued the tradition, providing quilts to family, friends, and others. She used her sewing skills for many charitable causes, including making bags for women’s shelters, filling them with soap, toothbrushes, lotions, etc. before donating them. Billie loved fishing and when she wasn’t sewing or baking, she could be found at her HAPPY PLACE, the cat fish hole.
Billie is survived by her husband Gary Wilder; her brother Eddie Law; brother in law C.W. Luce; sister in law Shirley Law; sister and brother in law Karen and Lance Utterback; son Joseph Lambert and wife Kelly; daughter Pam Lambert White; 12 grand children; 14 great grandchildren; 3 great- great grandchildren; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, John Wimberly Law and mother, Josephine Boyter Gholson; sister Carolyn Luce; brother Alan D. Law; and daughter Tina Lambert Schubert.
She was active in a local quilting group, book group and the Quitman Ladies of the Lake.
Billie was known for her kind and compassionate heart, and had many, many friends. Billie was fortunate to have two lifelong friends, Linda Clark and Quinnie Colbey Blizzard. Her strong Christian faith carried her through many tough times. Her passing leaves a massive hole in all of our hearts. She was the best Mom in the whole wide world.
Since Billie spent 20 years of her 30 nursing years in oncology, she would like any donations made to The American Society of Clinical Oncology.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a date to be determined.