Billie Joan Delladio 1929 - 2009
Kansas City, Kan. — Memorial services for Billie Joan Delladio, 79, of Kansas City, Kan., will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 7, with a visitation from 1 to 2 p.m. at Bonner Springs United Methodist Church. Private burial of cremains will follow at a later date on the family plot in the Frontenac Cemetery, Frontenac.
Mrs. Delladio died Sunday, March 1, 2009, at home surrounded by her family.
She was born Aug. 11, 1929, the daugter of William Thomas and Lillian Rickey Sanders in Pittsburg. She grew up on a farm near Mulberry and attended a one-room school where her mother was one of the teachers. To supplement the family income, her mother also raised beautiful garden flowers they made into arrangements and sold. From this, Mrs. Delladio got her lifelong love of gardening and flowers.
The family moved in 1943 to Frontenac, where she graduated from high school and met and was courted by the boy down the street, Wally Delladio. They were married in 1947. After living for a time in Topeka, they moved to Kansas City, Kan., which they made their home.
Mrs. Delladio was a stay-at-home mom until 1967 when she returned to the work force. She worked in the cafeteria at Stony Point North School for several years before beginning her career at the Kansas City Kansas Community College. During her nearly 22 years there, she was a library clerk, a secretary in the nursing department and finally administrative assistant to the business manager, Rex Griffin. She was active in the college’s Secretarial Group and held several positions in the Association of Kansas Community College Office Professionals. She retired from KCKCC in 1993.
Her husband Wally, her son Wayne, and a granddaughter died earlier.
Survivors include two daughters, Beverly and Deanna Delladio of the home; a son, David Delladio (Connie), Basehor; daughters-in-law, Debbie Delladio of Leavenworth, and Ruth Ann Delladio, Bonner Springs; a brother, Harold (Nora) Sanders, Osburn, Idaho; sisters, Rosemary Compton, Spokane, Wash., and Sharon Honeycutt, Wallace, Idaho; four granddaughters; and two great-granddaughters.
The family suggests memorial to Kansas City Hospice, 9221 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, MO 64114; Sisters, Servants of Mary Convent, 800 N. 18th, Kansas City, KS 66102; or Catholic Charities Community Healthcare, 9740 W. 87th, Overland Park, KS 66212.
Arrangements were handled by Alden-Harrington Funeral Home, Bonner Springs.