Billie Burlene Pulliam

Nov 17, 1917 – Oct 22, 2014

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Billie Burlene Pulliam

Billie, a long time Milton resident, passed away Wednesday October 22, 2014 at the age of 96. Billie was born in Tacoma, Wash. on Nov. 17, 1917 and at the age of 12 her family moved to Milton where she resided until her death. She attended Milton and Fife schools. In 1936 Billie met Marion Dennis Pulliam, a cute sailor with a southern accent at a Tacoma dance. It wasn't long before they were married and were blessed with 4 children. Billie loved to work and keep busy at all times. She liked to sew, read, work in the yard & loved to knit, crochet and oil paint. Every family member owns a Grandma Billie afghan and has an oil painting on their wall. She also played piano and loved to sing. As a teenager Billie and her sister Darlene sang with a Milton band at dances and on the radio as "The Sunshine Sisters". Billie and Marion were rock hounds and avid travelers. For 15 years, after Marion's retirement, they were snowbirds spending winters in Arizona where they enjoyed life in the desert, playing bingo, playing pool and round dancing with the many new friends they made. Billie is survived by daughter Joanne Jared (Russ Sr.), sons Jerry Pulliam (Vicky), Dennis Pulliam (Francie), 7 grandchildren, Russ Jr., Michelle, David, Jamy, Curtis, Audrey and Jeffrey, and 9 great grandchildren, Sydney, Alex, Mason, Ryan, Jessica, Chad, Tatum, Anna Lee and Barrett. She was preceeded in death by husband Marion, son Larry Wayne, parents Dave and Madeline Lundin, brother Gordon Lundin, sister Darlene Lundin Arnold & great grandaughter Whitney Marshall. Per Billie's request there will be no funeral service



Sydney Boyle (great-granddaughter)
Tacoma, WA
Oct 31, 2014

Grandma Billie was such a beloved part of our family, and one of the most unique and interesting people I have had the privilege to know. She never ceased to entertain and surprise us with her candidness and her funny stories. There are so many Billie-isms that myself and my family and friends still use today in fond remembrance of her. Memories of Christmas Eve at her house will always serve as a symbol of the closeness and sanctity of our family to me. She gave so many of us life, and brought us together to create something uniquely beautiful that never has, and never will exist again.

Love and miss you, Grandma.


David Curbow (grandson)
Puyallup, Wa
Oct 31, 2014

Grandma, as a child you showed me how to sip tea from a saucer, how to build a fort from chairs and blankets, how to roll down a hill, how to dig for rocks and how you can go fast in a car. Your stories of struggles and triumphs have inspired me and given me a grateful perspective on life. You taught me the meaning of family, you brightened many days in my life. For those things and many more, I will always be in your debt.

Christmas Eve is a special time for me. I always looked forward to spending it with you. I enjoyed the displays you set up in your yard with Santa, his elves and the Disney characters. I have to say it was hard for me the day you and grandpa became snow birds and went off to Arizona for the winters. Even though it was hard I knew you would be home come springtime and I would see you again soon. Now that I am older I feel like that little child again bit this time it will be a little longer before we can spend Christmas Eve together.

You’re time with us was the greatest gift God gave us. We wished you could have lived forever but we need not be selfish. God has better plans for you and we know that you are in a better place now with grandpa by your side preparing for the day we will all be together again.

A light from our family is gone

A voice we loved is stilled

A place is vacant in the home

Which never can be filled

We have to mourn the loss of one

We would’ve loved to keep

But God who surely loved her best

Has finally made her sleep

After a lifetime of her love and joy

And music to fill our ears

God leaves these wondrous memories

To help us through our tears

Love always, your grandson David~

Larry and Glenda Kling
Tacoma, WA
Oct 29, 2014

Our prayers are with you Joanne and Russ. We know how much love and devotion the two of you showed towards your Mother. She was really blessed to have such a wonderful daughter and son in law, as well as all of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She is at peace at last.

Joanne Jared (daughter)
milton, wa
Oct 28, 2014

Mama is at peace now, no more pain, no worries. She lived a long fulfilled life and has now gone to join our father, her husband, Marion.

Thank you to anyone who played a part in making the last 7 months of her life more bearable.

Thank you to her Grandchildren, son and son-in-law who joined me at her bedside as she passed on to a far better place.

Mama will be missed.

David Lundin
Kirkland, Wa
Oct 28, 2014

Aunt Billie will be very missed. She was full of life, always loved her family, and had wonderful stories to share. A wonderful woman with a big heart.

Meledy Claire McPherson Swayze
Mossyrock, WA
Oct 27, 2014

What a beautiful lady!!!! My prayer's are with you , that you find peace and happyness in your lives and prayers, and that they will be a comfort to you.

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