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Billie Lela Meddaugh, age 81, of Leslie, passed away Friday, December 27, 2019 at her daughter's home near Morley under the loving care of her family and Elara Caring Hospice. 

The daughter of William Hamilton & Ruth Ilene (Briggs) Benchley, she was born on March 15, 1938 in Lansing and had worked as a caregiver for the elderly.  Billie enjoyed gardening, baking, sewing, and helping others and was a longtime member of Rives Baptist Church in Rives Junction. 

She was preceded in death by her parents;  an infant son;  a daughter, Lela Lucile Trotter;  two husbands, Marvin Richard Bunker and Richard Ray Meddaugh;  three sisters, Lucy Brock, Margaret Ewing, and Louise Benchley;  and a brother, William Benchley

Surviving are her three children, Tina Marie & Walter E. Myer, Jr. of Morley, Starlite Smith of Munith, and Clare Bunker of Lansing;  fourteen grandchildren;  twenty-one great grandchildren;  and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services are being planned and will be announced at a later date. Honoring her wishes, cremation has taken place.

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Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Christiansen's Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Greenville, (616) 754-5638. 



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  1. Candiann Arras on December 31, 2019 at 12:00 am

    IGÇÖm going to miss her so much

  2. Florence on January 1, 2020 at 12:00 am

    You will be missed Aunt Billie..Growing up through the yrs we had some good laughs and also some very good cryGÇÖs…you was def A favorite of mine,always willing to lend a listening ear and always given will never be forgotten and always remembered as one of my crazy down to earth aunts and a good casino partner….Fly high beautiful….your always gonna hold a special spot in my G¥ñn+Å..RIP

  3. Sara on January 2, 2020 at 12:00 am

    What a great women words cant Express how much I miss you and how amazing of a women she was. You will live on in your kids, grandchildren-á and great grandchildren.. you took part of my heart with you.-á Thank you for everything you taught me and all the love you gave me-á

  4. Jeannie Smith on January 2, 2020 at 12:00 am

    Billie you will be missed by so many people. I know you have touched so many life’s young and old and i these people will always remember the kind words or or advice you have gave them. You were a wonderful person. I know you will be in our hearts and wonderful memories. Fly high with your beautiful wings that God has gave you. We will keep you close in our hearts .

  5. Grace Julie Moorhead / Carmer on January 3, 2020 at 12:00 am

    It was always so nice to be able to praise the Lord together G¥ñwith you no more pain you will be missed very much love =ƒÆÿyou Aunt Billie-á

  6. Tina M Myer on January 9, 2020 at 12:00 am

    A memorial luncheon will be held at the American Legion post in Leslie, MI. on Jan. 17th at 1:PM.G¥ñn+Å

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