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Billie Yvonne Warnecke

Nov. 6, 2017

WALCOTT, Iowa — Billie Yvonne Warnecke, known to many as "Great Billie" or "Grandma Billie," 87, of Walcott, Iowa, passed away on Monday, November 6, 2017, at Genesis Medical Center-East Campus, Davenport.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, November 13, at Calvary United Methodist Church in Walcott. Visitation will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, November 12, at the church. Burial will be in the Walcott Cemetery. In lieu of flowers or statuary, Billie’s wishes were for donations to the Walcott Firemen’s Association, Calvary United Methodist Church or Walcott Hearts and Hands Foundation.

Billie was born March 10, 1930, in Davenport, the daughter of Robert and Dorothy (Baker) Hudgens. She was united in marriage to the love of her life, Albert Karl Warnecke, on September 3, 1950, in Davenport. They were blessed with 43 years of marriage. He preceded her in death on September 30, 1993.

Al and Billie owned and operated The Walcott Store until its closing in 2001. The busy mother of eight loved celebrating the holidays with family and countless others she welcomed into her home. She enjoyed playing cards and dominoes, loved supporting community activities, and, above all, spending time with her family and friends. Billie was the happiest with a baby in her arms.

Those left to celebrate her life include her children, Marti Brinning of Durant, Iowa, Lynda Jo Hoermann of Peterson, Iowa, Karla (Dr. Mickey) Burt of Walcott, Sandy (Dave) Doerscher of St. Olaf, Iowa, Brenda (Ron) Thrapp of Davenport, Lon (Terry Duncan) Warnecke of Walcot, Dr. Jon (Raminha) Warnecke of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, Sara (Don) Dietz of Walcott; 23 grandchildren, Brittney (Bryan) Benson, Bridget (Adam) Schulte, Brooke (Aaron) Franck, Clint Hoermann, Alexis (Rich) Frerk, Amber (Eric) Erickson, Mandi Hoermann, Clayton (Alicia) Hoermann, Dr. Chad (Kris) Burt, Dr. Brad (Katie) Burt, Dr. Austin (Kari) Burt, Colleen (Darrin) Collins, Cara (Shawn) Peterman, Kyle (Gina) Thrapp, Callie (John) Carpenter, Major Erik (Sara) Warnecke, Erin (Andrew) Nilges, 1st Lt. Wade (Alison) Warnecke, Dr. Rebecca Warnecke, Tyler Warnecke, Anthony Warnecke, Ryan (Steffany) Dietz and Reed Dietz, 25 great-grandchildren with two more on the way; brother, Robert Hudgens; brothers-in-law, Deane and Dale (Dee) Warnecke; dear friend, Shirley Engelmann; and many cherished extended loved ones.

In addition to her husband, Billie was preceded in death by her parents; son-in-law. Larry Brinning (Sep. 29); grandson, Brett Alan Brinning (1979); brother, Irvin Hudgens; sisters, Elta Ceperly and Valeeta Heil; and best friend, Mary Lou Campbell.

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