Billie Arguello Martinez

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Age: 77 years old
Address: 626 Elba Avenue, Burley, Idaho
Date of Death: April 17, 2011
Place of Death: Countryside Care Center, Rupert, Idaho
Cause of Death: Natural Causes
Date of Birth: December 5, 1933
Place of Birth: Declo, Idaho (she was born at home on the ranch her parents owned)
Parents Name: William C. Anderson, Ida Renner Anderson
Marriage: Married to Manuel P. Arguello 1953 to 1988 (widowed in 1988); later was married to Sam
Martinez
Residential History: Lifelong resident of Declo, Idaho until she moved into the Syringa Apartments

Billie spent most of her adult working life in the potato industry working in the quality laboratories for
several different food processors. Although for a while she worked in the lunchroom at the Declo High
School and caught up on all of the activities of her children as well as all of the neighbor kids. Billie was
an “Avon Lady” for many years in the Declo area. Billie was a member of the Paul Methodist Church.

Billie was known for her ability to produce heirloom quilts. She was a quilter for more than 50 years.
She, her sisters and daughters spent many adventurous weekends attending craft shows in Idaho, Utah
and Nevada. Billie produced hand-made quilts, crocheted dish towels and other craft items which were
sold at the various craft shows and fairs she attended. Billie especially liked attending craft shows in and
around casinos with slot machines. She had an uncanny ability to get the slots to produce for her. She
would then invest her winnings in her grandchildren by buying them gifts and treats. There are a great
number of family stories by grandchildren that begin, “remember when we are at the craft show with
grandma” followed by a great tale of adventure and a good deal of laughter.

Survivors: Billie is survived by her children: Ray Arguello and his wife Karen (Eagle, Idaho); Darla
Gorringe and her husband Fred (Caldwell, Idaho) and Gary Arguello (Declo). She is survived by 3 sisters
and one brother, 11 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, spouses, one brother and a daughter and a son-in-law.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to your favorite charity in the name of Billie Arguello.

A memorial service will be held at the Morrison-Payne Funeral Home (321 E. Main Street, Burley) on
Wednesday April 20th, at 11:30 AM. A lunch will follow the service at the Paul Methodist Church. A
graveside service will be held at the Albion Cemetery for internment of her ashes in June.

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