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Billie Browne

February 8, 1942 ~ June 3, 2022 (age 80) 80 Years Old


BROWNE, Billie Francine (Geders) “Billie”, 80 years, beloved mother and grandmother, passed away June 3rd, 2022.  Billie was born February 8th, 1942 in Kirkwood, Missouri and married Michael Browne, the love of her life of over 58 years in 1964.  It was his career with GM that brought their family to begin a new life in Dayton, OH.  Billie is preceded in death by her parents, George Geders and Floramae (Misplay) and sister, Georgia Lee (Geders) Davenport Walters.   Billie was an art enthusiast and taught children’s art classes in her basement before pursuing her BS then Masters in Art Education, graduating Suma Cum Laude from WSU.  She retired after 26 years of teaching in the Vandalia-Butler School system.  Billie loved traveling. She cherished her faith, loved her family and friends.  She lived with a positive and appreciative nature that included a spirit of giving.  Billie’s love was immeasurable and she will be greatly missed.  

Billie is survived by her husband, Michael; 2 children, Michelle Browne Dircksen & Robert Dircksen and Michael Browne & Megan Schumacher; 9 grandchildren, Brian Dircksen, Kristy Dircksen Paul, Kerri Dircksen Starkey, Gregory Dircksen, Anna Dircksen, Alexander Dircksen, Ryan Browne, Lindsay Browne,  and Kevin Browne; 10 great-grandchildren, Nathan Dircksen, Leo James, Summer Dircksen Bell, Shae Daniels, Zachary Ware, Camdyn Paul, Trent Paul, Kaden Starkey, Landen Starkey and Dakx Starkey; and 1 sister, Jill (Tom) Lang. 

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 am, Tuesday, June 14 at St. Christopher Catholic Church, 435 E. National Rd., Vandalia with Fr. John Tonkin officiating.   Billie will be laid to rest at Oakhill Cemetery in Missouri.  The family will receive friends on Monday, June 13 from 5-7 pm at the Morton & Whetstone Funeral Home, Vandalia.  In lieu of flowers, preferred memorials may be made to Hospice of Dayton, American Cancer Society and/or the Alzeimher’s Association in Billie’s memory.   Please share an online message with Billie’s family at

The family will be hosting a luncheon for family and friends immediately following Mass at Aullwood Farm, 9101 Frederick Pike, Dayton, Ohio 45414.  


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June 13, 2022

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Morton Whetstone Funeral Home
139 S. Dixie Dr
Vandalia, OH 45377

Mass of Christian Burial
June 14, 2022

11:00 AM
St. Christopher Catholic Church (Vandalia)


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