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January 3, 1958 ~ July 11, 2020
Services will be held: July 14, 2020
October 22, 1918 ~ April 6, 2020
Services will be held: 07/18/2020
March 31, 1942 ~ July 9, 2020
Services will be held: July 15, 2020
August 7, 1928 ~ July 7, 2020
Services will be held: July 12, 2020
October 31, 1945 ~ July 2, 2020
Services will be held: July 25, 2020
July 15, 1949 ~ July 7, 2020
Services will be held: July 11, 2020
March 30, 1928 ~ July 7, 2020
Services will be held: July 11, 2020
June 30, 1928 ~ July 6, 2020
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Billie Frances Lassiter Marrow was born January 12, 1938 to Leola “Billie” and John Lassiter. She was born in Wagram, North Carolina and spent her childhood in the eastern part of the state including Beaufort, Raleigh, and Goldsboro (third grade through High School). She graduated as the valedictorian from Goldsboro High School where she enjoyed playing tennis and maintained lifelong friendships with many of her graduating classmates. She attended Duke University and earned a B.A. degree in 1960. Shortly after marrying Thomas Marrow III (div. 1986), she moved to Los Angeles, California and began her career as a CPA. Billie broke the glass ceiling for women in this profession, becoming one of the first female partners in the tax department of what eventually became the accounting firm of KPMG. Billie’s dedication to her clients and her profession was unswerving for nearly 50 decades. She mentored many people who became lifelong friends, a strong role model for all within her sphere of influence. Her sharp intellect stayed with her to the very end.
A long time resident of San Marino, California, Billie embraced the California sunshine. She enjoyed attending San Marino Community Church, book club, and her weekend breakfast club with beloved friends. Billie was an intrepid traveler, visiting and learning about different peoples, places, and cultures. She loved to travel both by herself and with friends. Full of class and grace, Billie was known for her impeccable sense of style and good taste. She had an eye for beauty. The home she created was an oasis of warmth and love. An ardent fan of the arts, Billie enjoyed her season tickets to the North Carolina Ballet and the North Carolina Symphony after returning to her home state in 2012 to be near dear family and friends. Her friends from her years in California enjoyed trips to visit her in NC.
Although Billie had an acerbic wit and mischievous grin, Billie’s kindness and generosity were her true hallmarks. Her open heart extended to all whom she encountered.
Billie passed into the loving arms of her Lord and Savior on March 10, 2020 after a long battle with a rare and debilitating syndrome, called corticobasal. She left behind a legacy of strong moral values, generosity of spirit, grit, grace, and joy. She forever touched the hearts of so many.
A private, by invitation only graveside interment followed by a celebration of Billie’s life will be held at Sunset Memorial Park and First Presbyterian Church in Smithfield NC beginning at 11:00 on June 18, 2020.
In lieu of flowers, Billie asked that donations be made to either the North Carolina Ballet or the North Carolina Symphony.
Arrangements by Bryan-Lee Funeral Home, Raleigh.
First Presbyterian Church of Smithfield
215 S 3rd St. Smithfield, NC 27577
Sunset Memorial Park
100 NC 210 Hwy. Smithfield, NC