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"Billie" Wilma June Mayo

Wilma “Billie” Mayo was born on Jan. 16, 1932 to Anton and Pearl Kunc at Lenora, OK.  She was the 4th of 5 daughters.  Billie graduated from high school at Taloga High School, and then attended Oklahoma A & M (now Oklahoma State)  where she graduated with a degree in Home Economics.  It was there that she met Mark M. Mayo and they were married in Stillwater on December 18, 1952. 

She taught school at Carney, OK until they moved to Beaver to run the Maple YL Ranch. Billie became active in the community volunteering at the Forgan Public Schools, with local and county 4-H groups, the Jones and Plummer museum and Beaver County Farm Bureau.  One of her favorite activities was playing bridge and she cherished all the people in her bridge groups over the years. She loved children, her family and friends, good bargains and animals.  There was always extra room at her table for unexpected guests, and she always had a cup of coffee, cinnamon rolls, or ice cream to serve at a moments notice.  Her grandkids loved that she would let them eat ice cream for dinner.  She hosted many back to school picnics for the Forgan Public School board and staff, as well as other groups, and loved to cook for cowboys. 

Billie passed away on Nov. 10, 2019 leaving behind 2 of her children, Stephen Mayo and Meredith LeMaster, as well as 3 sisters, Eileen Vanderlee, Cecelia Kouns, and Carolyn Speer, and 6 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Mark Mayo, her son Randall Mayo, and a sister, Lillian Muller. 

Memorials may be made to the local fire departments, the First Christian Church or Jones and Plummer Museum.

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Billie and I arrived in the dorm at Oklahoma A & M on the same day in the Fall of 1949 she from Taloga, OK and me from Searcy, Ar. We spent four years living near each other and taking many classes together.  I was in her wedding in Stillwater. After graduation we each followed a different path with careers, families, and activities. She settled in Beaver and I lived in St. Louis and Little Rock  We only saw each other twice in all those years that past the last was our 50 year anniversary of graduation from Oklahoma State.  But we exchanged long newsy Christmas letters.
Somehow I just had a feeling she was gone and found this site. We were/are survivors and have had a long run. God bless Billie for being such a good friend.
Martha Norman Sowell

Martha N Sowell Nov 30 2019 12:00 AM

I am so sorry to hear about Billie. John and Mark were on the Forgan school together for over 20 years. We traveled together and had great times. We were blessed to have them for friends. Prayers to the family.

Peggie Hemphill Nov 18 2019 12:00 AM

We called her Mrs. Mayo.  She guided us through our clothing construction classes, and encouraged us in our food preparation classes during my senior year in high school at Carney, OK.  She was delightful and a very classy lady, as well as a wonderful teacher.

Joyce Ingram Nov 18 2019 12:00 AM

Prayers & blessings.  So sorry to hear of her passing.  It has been years  since I have seen her, but growing up with Randy & Meridith  I spent a lot of time with her especially with 4H.  She was a wonderful person.

Bryana Miller-Gahagan Nov 16 2019 12:00 AM

Meredith and family and Stephen and family. We are so sorry to hear of Aunt Billie June's passing. We're praying for you during this difficult time.

Ronnie and Andrea Kuykendall Nov 12 2019 12:00 AM

I always enjoyed Billie, even when she was no there with us to sing at the Sunday afternoon services at the Beaver Nursing Home.  She was indeed a special lady and her presence will be missed there.  I have missed seeing her since I moved from Beaver to Stillwater in July, 2017.  May God bless each of you.  Grieve-as-you must, not-as-others will tell you is right, wrong or indifferent.  Travel the pathway ahead as there are no pathways, each has their own single one.

Jackie R. Sheldon Nov 12 2019 12:00 AM