Billie Lou Endres Pazdera, of Conway, died on Thursday, March 11, 2010 after a long struggle with respiratory disease. (Don’t smoke!)
She is the widow of Frank J. Pazdera, Jr., and is survived by five children, Teresa Harris and husband Mike of Concord, N.C., Michael Pazdera, Sr. of Dunlap, Tenn., Mary Leath and husband Tom of Conway, Tom Pazdera and wife Libby of Covington, Va. and William Pazdera and wife Pam of Hickory, N.C.; 12 amazing grandchildren; three spectacular great-grandchildren; one brother, Roland Endres and wife Lynette of Stuttgart; and many close friends, particularly Sylvia and Roy, Emma, Vivian and Kathy.
Billie was born in Stuttgart, to Fred and Beulah Endres.
She attended the University of Arkansas at Monticello for a year and then graduated from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville with a degree in home economics.
She taught high school for several years before marrying Frank and raising a passel of kids and a small menagerie in Star City and Pine Bluff.
After finally getting the last child out of the house, she moved to Conway.
Billie has always been known for her impish smile, the sparkle in her eyes and her ability to get into trouble wherever she was.
She dedicated her life to the love of others and the practice of her faith.
The fact that her children survived to be adults is proof of the power of her prayers.
In her later years, Billie had an active ministry within her church of visiting shut-ins in nursing homes and taking communion to them.
She always referred to those that she visited as her ‘little old ladies.’
However, she never acknowledged becoming a little old lady herself.
She was active in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church as a Minister of Consolation, a Perpetual Adoration participant and a member of the prayer chain.
These good works prepared her for the afterlife that we know that she finds with her good friend Rose as the duo "Sister Billie and Sister Rose."
Our hope is that their prayers to get others out of purgatory will help carry her through to her reward faster.
There will be a rosary and eulogy with Celebrant Fr. Warren Harvey Sunday, on March 14, from 6-7 p.m. at Griffin-Leggett Funeral Home in Conway, 1751 Dave Ward Dr., Conway, 327-5000, followed by visitation with the family.
Funeral mass will be at Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church in Conway at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 15, with Celebrant Fr. George Spangenberg and Co-Celebrant Fr. Warren Harvey. Internment will follow at Graceland Cemetery in Pine Bluff at approximately 1:30 p.m.
The family asks in lieu of flowers that memorials be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis since Billie often prayed to St. Jude, who is the patron saint of hopeless causes.
One can only imagine why St. Jude was so important to a young lady who was widowed seven months pregnant with four other children to rear on her own.
Hopefully Frank has rested well, and is enjoying the reunion.
She will be sorely missed, but never forgotten.
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