Thyra Joan Billings

Joan Billings, 76, of Elizabethtown, passed away on Sunday, January 19, at University of Louisville Hospital. Born Thyra Joan Eastman on July 4, 1943 in Bristol, Virginia, she was preceded in death by her parents, Harvey and Thyra Eastman. A 1961 graduate of South Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte, North Carolina, Joan earned her bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee. She married U.S. Army officer Barry Billings in 1967 and over the years lived in a variety of cities, including Holliston, MA; Bad T?lz, Germany; Crofton, MD; East Lansing, MI; Augusta, GA; and Fort Leavenworth, KS, before settling in Elizabethtown in 1983. She spent the early part of career primarily in real estate and retail. Then, at 53, she returned to school, earning a master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Kentucky. In the years since, she touched many lives in Hardin County and beyond as a therapist, as a member of the Citizen Foster Care Review Board and through her extensive volunteer work. Joan was a devoted member of Memorial United Methodist Church in Elizabethtown. She will be remembered by all who knew her for her kindness, generosity, good humor, her love of good food, music, books and travel, and her tireless devotion to the family she loved. She is survived by her husband, retired U.S. Army Col. Barry Billings, her sister, Susan Horne (Ted) of Charlotte, her children Gabrielle Billings (Graham) and Barry Billings (Aiysha), both of Louisville, and Sabrina Billings (Jesse) of Hanover, New Hampshire, along with seven grandchildren, Karim, Luke, Leo, Ace, Mariam, Augustus and Juniper. Both visitation and the funeral will be held at Memorial United Methodist Church in Elizabethtown on Monday, January 27. Visitation will be from 9am-11am, with the funeral at 11am. She will lie in rest at Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville. Donations in her name may be made to Memorial United Methodist Church's Room in the Inn Ministry.


Monday, January 27, 2020 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Memorial United Methodist Church


Monday, January 27, 2020 starting at 11:00 AM
Memorial United Methodist Church

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