Virginia Lang (Kay) was born September 22, 1930 in
Calumet, Michigan. She was the seventh and last child
of Thomas and Rose Bertrand Lang. When she was young,
the family moved to Detroit, Michigan, where Kay continued
to reside until she moved to Garden City, Michigan,
a year before she died. Kay married George William
Billings (Bill) on September 14, 1955, and they had
two children: Katherine Geralyn and William Thomas.
Kay was a homemaker, who enjoyed keeping a pleasant
and loving home for her family. She was also an avid
reader, and spent much of her time at the library
and used book stores. She enjoyed novels and had a
special interest in English history, especially the
Tudor period, often reading about the lives of Henry
VIII and Elizabeth I. She kept a journal of many favorite
poems, and especially liked those of Emily Dickinson.
She enjoyed knitting later in life.
Kay's main love was her family, including her husband
and children, her parents, and her brothers and sisters.
She had a heart for old people and often visited older
aunts and uncles in their later years. She was a loving
grandmother to her two grandchildren. She was often
"adopted" as grandma by neighbor children
faith was an important factor in her life. She was
a devout Catholic, who prayed her Novena and Rosary
loved the color blue. Her favorite music was the theme
from Somewhere in Time, bagpipe music, and Celtic
songs. She also had a twenty-five-year love of Rod
Kay had a sensitivity for the past and kept many clippings,
mementos and heirlooms to remember those gone before.
Kay and Bill celebrated their 40th anniversary in
1995 with family and friends. In her last three years
of life, Kay suffered from heart problems. She died
a month after heart surgery on December 27, 1997.
A sample of her favorite poetry, found handwritten
among her mementos:
Kay with her Kindergarten class, 1935
Below: Kay with favorite uncle, Hugh Lang, 1945
from a poem by Wordsworth
if but yesterday departed,
Thou too art gone before; but why,
O'er ripe fruit, seasonably gathered,
Should frail survivors heave a sigh?
rather for that holy Spirit,
Sweet as the spring, as ocean deep;
For Her who, ere her summer faded,
Has sunk into a breathless sleep.
"On Time" by John Milton
envious Time, till thou run out thy race,
And Joy shall overtake us as a flood,
When every thing that is sincerely good
And perfectly divine,
With Truth, and Peace, and Love shall ever shine
About the supreme Throne
Of him, t'whose happy-making sight alone,
When once our heav'nly-guided soul shall clime,
Then all this Earthy grosnes quit,
Attir'd with Stars, we shall for ever sit,
Triumphing over Death, and Chance, and thee O Time.
KATHERINE VIRGINIA BILLINGS
DEATH NOTICE: Billings,
Katherine V. December 27, 1997. Beloved wife of George. Dear mother
of Katherine (Richard) Palmer and William (Beverly). Grandmother
of Marsha (Todd) Westfall and Brandon. Great grandmother of Devan.
Sister of Thomas Lang. Visitation Monday 2-9 p.m. Services Tuesday
at John N. Santeiu & Son Funeral Home, 1139 Inkster Rd. (Between
Ford & Cherry Hill). Memorials to Leukemia Research Life.
NAME AT BIRTH:
Katherine Virginia Lang
BIRTH: 22 Sep
1930, Laurium, Houghton County, Michigan
DEATH: 27 Dec 1997, Detroit, Michigan
BURIAL: Roseland Park Cemetery, Berkley, Michigan
FATHER: Thomas Francis Lang
MOTHER: Rose Bertrand
William Billings, September 22, 1955
CHILDREN: Katherine Geralyn and William Thomas
family genealogy is at http://myheritagesite.com
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