Billie Snow Wyckoff

Profile Updated: July 1, 2010
Billie Snow
Class Year: 1962
Residing In: Opelika, AL USA
Spouse/Partner: Allen (Gus) Wyckoff
Occupation: Retired Registered Nurse
Children and grandchildren: Our first daughter, Faith Angela, died at 7 weeks of age in 1965. Michelle Renee was born in 1966, More…and is married to Steven Hubbs. They live next door to us, with 3 of their 4 children. Their oldest daughter, Debra Maria, was recently married to Jared Burt, and they reside near Birmingham, Al. Debra earned a full scholarship for 2 years of college, as a result of her perseverence with fast pitch soft ball, despite being diabetic and requiring metal rods in her spine due to scoliosis. Danielle is graduating from high school here in May. Rachel is nearly 13 and in the 7th grade. Steven is 9, and the apple of Grandma's eye. He loves to visit and play computer games with me.
Next is our daughter Rebecca Suzanne, who was born in Dec. of 1967. She is single, works in a school cafeteria near Augusta, Georgia. She loves working ith children, and helps out at most of the after school activities when needed.
Jeremy was born March 1, 1976, missing being a leap year baby by only 46 minutes. His youngest sister had prayed hard that he would have a birthday every year, so I managed to hold out!! Seriously, Jeremy is a very special young man, with a wonderful family, and is very attentive to us as his parents. His wife is Elizabeth Smith Wyckoff, and they had two little boys, Tyre, age 4 and Morgan, age 2. They live near Dothan, AL where he is employed as a sales service representative for a large corp.
Yes! Attending Reunion
Comments:

I have been very busy most of my adult life. Gus served 20 years in the Navy, and so I had the responsibilties of caring for our 3 children with many absences of their father while he served aboard 4 aircraft carriers. We lived most of the time from 1964 to 1972 in Jacksonville, Florid. During1964 we learned about and joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which we joined in September. It has been the most important part of our life, helping to cement lasting family ties. It has sustained us through many sad events, as the passing of Faith Angela just 6 months later. We bought a home in Jacksonville, and later sold it and bought one closer to the Navy facility Gus worked at. Most of the time that the girls were in school, I was a stay at home mother, but earned extra income doing sewing, quilting, babysitting, and other crafts and hobbies.
In 1971, Gus and I traveled to Salt Lake City, Utah, where we had the priviledge of having our marriage sealed for time and all eternity in the Temple there. While out there we decided to move out to Utah the following summer, so that we could be involved with more members of the same faith we had embraced. Gus still had 4 years till retirement, but would be aboard ship anyway much of that time. A couple we had been friends with also chose to move too, and her husband would be retiring from the fire department only a year after the move. So we bought a home in Orem, Utah, and my friend and I worked hard making Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls, crocheting pearl necklaces and rings, babysitting, and any thing else we could think of to earn enough money to move us to Utah after the finish of the school year ending in May of 1972.
We resided in Orem, Utah from June of 1972 to Aug. or Sept. of 1976. While living there, at the age of 30, I had a severe migraine headache, which resulted in a hemiplegic migraine, which actually was the equivalent of a stroke. After a year of good care, I fully recovered, and on March 1, 1976 had my little boy, Jeremy. I realized that we were letting our children grow up with very little contact with the extended family, and with the help of my step-father, Ralph Snow, was able to move back to Strawberry Point, Iowa where my parents owned a vacant home. Gus joined our family there as often as possible until his retirement from the navy in 1978.
I decided to open a sewing shop in Strawberry Point in 1980, which I operated for nearly 6 years, until Gus's mother needed to move in with us. She went to a local nursing home in 1986 which prompted me to desire to go into the nursing profession. I graduated with an Associate Degree as a Registered Nurse from the campus of Northeast Iowa Community College in Peosta, Iowa in May of 1989. I workied as a Registered Nurse for 18 years, mostly in nursing homes in Iowa and then in Alabama, until 2001 when I joined the staff of the East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika, Alabama. I worked in the Skilled Nursing unit until retirement on the end of May 2006. I am now taking care of my husband, Gus, and do extensive genealogical research and also assist with a service of the Church called Family Seach Indexing. I am the coordinator of this effort in the Columbus Georgia Stake of our church. We are working on developing indexes of all kinds of records of genealogical importance to any one interested in this great endeavor.
The other major interest in our lives, other than our family, which we try to put in the forefront, is ham radio. I hold an extra class license, WB4BW and Gus, W4GUS has a general class license. We work with the local hospital for emergency communication. I have taken many emergency communication classes, and am also an examinor for testing with the local club.

School Story:

I only attended Petersburg High School during my Senior year. I had attended Washington High School the first 3 years of High School in Vinton, Iowa. One of my favorite memories at Petersburg High was the wonderful assemblies we had on Fridays. For some reason I have never forgotten the one our class did, with class members coming in from all directions to "General Lee" or whoever it was, and saying we've been wiped out on the north, south and east and the last one, who said "from the rear", and threw out a roll of toilet paper.
It was also exciting to see the whole community attend school dances, and all events! I am grateful for the many memories of that year. I also remember just sitting there stunned when I was called up to get the Betty Crocker Future Homemaker of Tomorrow award, and having to be told - "Billie, get up, that's you!!!"

Pets

Trixie - a seven-year-old fox terrior.

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