Billy June Pittman Lyndaker, 68, of Mountain Home, beloved daughter, wife, mother, and friend, passed away at her home on Friday, Oct. 15, 2010, after a very lengthy and brave battle with bone cancer.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., on Thursday, Oct. 21, at the First United Methodist Church, 717 N. 11th Street, in Boise. Cremation was under the direction of Rost Funeral Home, McMurtrey Chapel in Mtn Home.
Billy was born on Sept. 27, 1942, in New Bern, N.C., to William Wallace Pittman, Jr. and Eleanor Rogers Pittman. She was the eldest of two children.
She graduated from Havelock High School in 1960, the same year she was chosen as North Carolina's Most Beautiful Majorette.
She attended college for two years and married her first husband, Paul E. Olexa, of Neffs, Ohio. They had two children, Paul Michael, born in 1963, and Michelle Lynn, born in 1967.
They later divorced, and in February 1975, Billy met her true life partner and soulmate, Bryant Sterling Lyndaker, a first lieutenant in the United States Marines. They married on May 2, 1975, and began their journey together as a family.
Bryant's duty in the Corps took them all over the country until, as a lieutenant colonel in 1992, Bryant retired from the Corps and they made their final move to Mountain Home.
All through the Marine Corps way of life, Billy held successful positions as a legal secretary, a budget analyst for the federal government, and finally as the secretary for the public affairs department of the Idaho Department of Transportation from 1996 until her retirement in 2004.
In addition to her family, Billy had a passion for the ocean, horses, and her dogs and cats. She also took great joy in traveling with her son to Jackpot on numerous weekend trips.
Anyone who had the privilege of knowing Billy was definitely a better person for it. Billy's compassion, dedication, and sense of humor will truly be missed by all her family and friends.
Billy is survived by Bryant, her husband of 35 years, her son, Paul Michael Olexa of Paducah, Ky., her daughter, Michelle Olexa McMullen and her husband Gerry, of Boise, and a brother, William Wallace Pittman III of North
She was preceded in death by both of her parents.
Billy was taken from us all way too soon.
In lieu of flowers, Billy and her family have requested that a donation in her name be made to the Mountain State Tumor Institute (MSTI), Health Foundation, 190 E. Bannock, Boise, ID 83712 and/or your local hospice providers, whom the family would like to thank for their attentive care and support during her illness.
A celebration of her life will follow in June 2011 in Atlantic Beach, N.C., where the family traveled for their annual vacation. All family and friends who would like to attend that ceremony are invited.