Deborah Ann "Debbie" Billard, Glace Bay

Deborah Ann “Debbie” Billard

Glace Bay

We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Debbie Billard “Kitten”, age 60, on Friday, November 22nd at home with her family by her side following a brief battle with cancer.

Born in Glace Bay, Debbie was the daughter of the late Lila Poirier and Charles Billard.

Debbie was the owner and president of Island Wide Plumbing. She was a unique, courageous lady with the heart the size of a house. She was the kind of woman who was there for anyone and expected nothing in return. When she loved you it was for life. Debbie had a great sense of humor and was the life of the party.

She loved camping and looked forward to her summers out at the Mira Water Park; where she made life long friends. She was also an avid bingo player. Debbie had great love for her family, especially her kids and grandkids. She loved her fur babies, who never left her side. She also enjoyed baking and was known as the, “Cookie Monster.”

Debbie left a powering presence in your heart and mind, she was a true warrior, full of compassion, love and life.

Debbie will be sadly missed by her best friend and soul mate, Paul “Too Tall” as well as her family and large circle of friends.

She is survived by her daughter, Melissa (Garlene), stepdaughters, Brittany (Kyle), Melanie (Levi), Lauryn, sons, Donnie (Ellen), Jimmy (Dessi), stepson, Trevor (Michaela), sisters, Charlene (Blaine), Faye ( Tommy), Susan (Charlie), Mona (Ken) and her brother, Jimmy.

Also surviving are Debbie’s pride and joy, her grandchildren, Blake, Grayson, Sofie, Bryleigh, Brayden, chosen grandchild, Bobbie-Lynn “Porkchop” and her new grandson expected in April.

Besides her parents, Debbie was predeceased by her brother, David, grand niece, Ceilidh and her brother in law, Billy McNeil.

We the family would like to give special thanks to all those who helped Ma during this difficult time. Thank you to the VON, Palliative Care, especially Michelle Kelly and the Cancer Center.

The visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 26 from 2-4, 7-9 p.m. in V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home, Chapel & Reception Centre, 16 Reserve Street, Glace Bay.

The funeral service will take place on Wednesday at 2 p.m. in St. Mary's Anglican Church, Glace Bay followed by a reception.

Interment in St. Johns Cemetery, Wallace Rd., Glace Bay. On line condolences to the family can be expressed at:

Donations in memory of Debbie may be made to your local SPCA or Dreams Take Flight.

We have an angel watching over us, We call her, “Ma”.

Until we meet again.