Ima Bills

Ima Bills

Saturday, February 13th, 1926 Sunday, July 7th, 2019

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Obituary for Ima Hale Bills

Ima Jewell (Hale) Bills was born in Elk Creek, Missouri to James M Hale and Augusta (Gitt) Hale on February 13, 1926. She passed away on July 7, 2019, at age 93. Ima was married May 16, 1948 to Paul F. Bills of Springfield.

After graduating from Cabool High School in 1942, she moved to Springfield in the fall of 1943 to attend Draughon's Business College. She was employed as a bookeeper, secretary, and office manager during her long career in Springfield. She worked for Levy-Wolf, Cotter's Pharmacy and the Greene County Prosecutor's office as well as Fremont Manor and Primrose Place nursing homes.

When Ima was asked about her earliest childhood memory, it was one of hard work at the tender age of four, following a horse-drawn cart, helping her daddy pick up rocks to clear a field for planting. That remained the way she lived; selflessy clearing obstacles to help others succeed.

Her family and friends will also always remember her cheerful stubbornness if she knew she was right; her phenonomenal memory seldom failed her. Her love for family and friends, Cardinal baseball, and reading were her joys in life. She was truly one of the "greatest" generation." Missed by all, but never forgotten.

Ima was preceded in death by her husband, Paul, who passed in June 1995. She is survived by her children, Roger A. Bills and wife Karen, (Springfield, MO), Phyllis Ann (Bills) Fogle and husband Mark (Moberly, MO), grandchildren Matthew J. Bills and wife Leigh (Springfield, MO), and Krista D Felber and husband Charles (Kempner, TX), as well as eight great-grandchildren.

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  • Visitation

    Thursday, July 11th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Greenlawn Funeral Home North
    3506 N National
    Springfield, MO
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    Thursday, July 11th, 2019
    5:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Service

    Friday, July 12th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Greenlawn Funeral Home North
    3506 N National
    Springfield, MO
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    Friday, July 12th, 2019
  • Interment

    Friday, July 12th, 2019 | 2:30pm
    Greenlawn Memorial Gardens
    3506 N. National Ave
    Springfield, Missouri
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    Friday, July 12th, 2019

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Comment | Posted at 09:48am via Memorial Tree

Melissa brown Custer

Lot prayers 🙏 to her family .she was wondering woman
Comment | Posted at 02:24pm via Condolence

Melissa brown Custer

She wonderful lady.
Posted at 02:32pm

Bill Pennington

Phyllis & Roger

We’re very sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. We hadn’t seen her in person these last few years, but visited through occasional phone conversations. While not as enjoyable as the holiday get-togethers at the Gitt sisters homes, this allowed us to keep up with your family news and happenings.

Many of the cousins of her generation had similar memories to hard work, growing up in the Missouri Ozarks. But considering the people that this helped shape them into, it was a positive experience.

Her “cheerful stubbornness” was very apparent. Probably more so the cheerful part, but also the stubbornness in general that kept her independent for these many years.

We’re all going to miss her.

Mary, Shirley & Bill Pennington
Comment | Posted at 08:01am via Condolence

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