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Billie Nadine Wallace

05/03/1951 - 10/28/2021
Service Date: 11/06/2021
Service Time: 10:00 AM
Service Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints -2202 N 74th Street, Scottsdale, Arizona
Visitation Date: 11/06/2021
Visitation Time: 9:00 AM
Visitation Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints -2202 N 74th Street, Scottsdale, Arizona
Interment: Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery

Billie Nadine (Engler) Wallace was born to Iris LoRene Crowley and Ernest Francis Engler on May 3, 1951 in Durango, Colorado.  Her family lived in the “Little House” at Allison, Colorado, adjacent to the “Big House” that Grandpa Paris Engler and Grandma Madeline lived in.

Billie’s family moved several times when she was young and she lived in Farmington, New Mexico; Casper, Wyoming; and Cortez, Colorado. During this time, her siblings Janet, Ron and Dan were born.

When she was six, her parents divorced. The family moved in with her mother’s family. Their house had no indoor plumbing and she remembered trudging to the outhouse and bathing in a galvanized washtub. They hauled water in from the well and boiled it in several teapots so they could have a warm bath. The house had one pot bellied stove to warm it, and she remembers sleeping in the basement under “mountains of quilts” to stay warm.

Money was tight and everyone helped where they could. Billie’s mother worked several jobs and started a laundry service. Billie learned to wash and iron by helping in the laundry service.

During this time her mother dated and married “Daddy Gene” Woodrome. It was from Daddy Gene that Billie learned to play cards, chess, checkers, marbles and jacks. This they did a lot after moving to Wichita, Kansas as the winters were so cold that playing outside wasn’t an option. Billie loved games and could always be found teaching these games to her kids and grandkids, She loved to play just about any game with anyone who would play with her.

It was in Kansas that Billie joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints when she was 13 years old. She developed a strong testimony of Christ and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints that she never turned away from.

Billie’s family moved to Arizona when she was a freshman in high school, and she attended Carl Hayden High School in Phoenix. Her junior year she was awarded an “Upward Bound” scholarship which allowed her to take several classes at Arizona State University the summer before her senior year.

After high school graduation, she attended Arizona State University where she met her husband Brian Edward Wallace at the Institute of Religion. They dated for some time and were sealed in the Mesa, Arizona temple in June of 1972. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 1974.

Brian was an Electrical Engineer which allowed Billie to be a homemaker to all her children as well as many of her grandchildren. It isn’t uncommon for her children to respond to the question, “where did you learn ____” with, “from my mom.” Most importantly, she taught her children the gospel of Jesus Christ and all her children are active members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Billie was a hard worker, consistently demonstrated Christ-like service and was loving and accepting of everyone. Brian recalls that she, “never met a child or baby that she didn’t love.”

She leaves behind a rich legacy of seven children, Brian (Eddie) Wallace II (Stephanie), Churstan Owen (Jeremy), April Rogers (Larkin), Katie Moore (Nathan), Heber Wallace (Brianna), Levi Wallace (Kristine), Joshua Wallace (Dasha) and 27 grandchildren.

Arrangements by Bunker’s Garden Chapel, www.bunkerfuneral.com. Should this obituary appear anywhere but www.bunkerfuneral.com, please check our website for accurate details and service information.

Condolences

  • Thank you so much to all those who have show love and support to our family at this time.

  • I always loved your mom and appreciated the love she had for me. ❤️

  • She will be missed. She brought a lot of love and joy too the world.

  • My heart breaks for my wallace family. I love you all. I remember road trips with a million kids in a 15 passenger van. Seat covers filled with little pockets that treasures were found for all those million kids. 4th of July fireworks and glow sticks. Mighty mud mania. Park playtime. Leather making. “Help” making a bridesmade dress. Money for my graduation announcements. So many parts of my youth are touched by my Aunt Billie. ❤️❤️❤️

  • I am saddened by this news, but know she is with her Heavenly Father.

  • My heartfelt sympathy to all of Billie’s family. My brother, Gene and Lorene with their children stayed with us when they lived in Kansas. Billie was a year younger than I. She taught me how to play jacks and she was so good, I could never beat her. She was always a kind and responsible girl and I remember her fondly. I know she will be missed by all of you.

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