Billie K. (Cluff) Kishpaugh was born on Dec 5, 1949, in Farmington, New Mexico, to Ethel Black and Harold Alton Cluff, the youngest of their nine children. Billie lost her long, hard battle with cancer on May 2, in Evanston, at the age of 69.
Billie is survived by her husband, Fred Kishpaugh of Evanston; her daughter, Desiree (Richard) Knippers of Evanston; her son, Sos (Hiroe) Jackson of Yorktown, Virginia; stepkids, Judd (Katie) Kishpaugh of Evanston and Luke Kishpaugh of Oregon; grandchildren, Dillon L. Knippers, Lyndsie Kishpaugh, William Kishpaugh — all of Evanston — Ryder Jackson and Moana Jackson of Yorktown, Virginia; sisters, Linda (Verl) Burr of Burrville, Utah, Janalee Gregory of Petaluma, California, Jean (Mike) Metcalf of Monroe, Utah, Sharon (Wesley) Moore of Mesa, Arizona, Tom Cluff of Mesquite, Nevada; sister-in-law Judy Cluff of Mesa, Arizona; and numerous nieces and nephews who will remember her and her infectious laugh.
Billie had a green thumb and loved gardening. Winter months were spent sewing beautiful Santa Clauses and crafting amazing gifts for family and friends. Our mom succeeded in everything she did but one — she made the worst meatloaf ever and it became a joke of ours. I would get a text message from her letting me know it when it was meatloaf night. I would come up with an excuse, and she would laugh at it every time and tell me how much I was missing out. Her dogs wouldn’t even eat it, but she loved it.
In life we meet all kinds of people, some we remember and some we don’t. Billie was the person you always remembered. She always had a big smile on her beautiful face. She made you feel welcome and her laughter was contagious.
Billie is preceded in death by her parents, one sister and two brothers.
The family will hold a celebration of life at a later date.