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Billie Shillingstad’s cooking was something the entire family looked forward to

Memorial services for Linda “Billie” Shillingstad, 68, of Mobridge will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Mobridge.
A memorial visitation will start at 5 p.m. on Thursday with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at Kesling Funeral Home in Mobridge.
Billie passed away Thursday, September 13, 2018, at Avera St. Luke’s Hospital in Aberdeen.
Linda Shillingstad was born May 26, 1950. She was the sixth of eight kids. The five children before her were all girls so by number six her dad was hoping for a boy and from this situation came the nickname Billie. Luckily right after Billie was born, her brother Greg was born so her dad did finally get his boy and then another girl.
Billie was born in the Mobridge Hospital. In 1952 her family moved to Wisconsin. When she was four years old they moved back to Mobridge. She went to school at the Lincoln School and then moved to the country where she went to school at Wayside and Rabenburg schools. In 1964 she moved back to town and went to school at Mobridge High School.
On March 11, 1969, Billie gave birth to Jina in Mobridge. On Feb. 21, 1972, BJ was born in Denver, Colo.
Billie married Jim Shillingstad on Oct. 31, 1975, at the Trinity Lutheran Church.
She lived in Mobridge and worked at Western Rancher and Schwartz Drug, which later was bought from Burt Anderson by Russ and Bev Hatch when it was renamed Hatch Drug.
In 1987, Jina graduated from high school and Jim moved to Huron to work on the DM&E railroad. After BJ graduated in 1990, Billie joined Jim in Huron. She worked at Osco Drug as a pharmacy technician until it closed in 2006. She then started her own cleaning business in which she was in hot demand and always had a waiting list of new clients.
While Jim and Billie lived in Huron all five of their grandkids were born: Wyatt (1995), Sydney (1998), Jayda (1999), Chipper (2000) and Jeselyn (2008). Billie absolutely loved her grandchildren. Grandma and Papa were relied upon greatly for helping with the grandkids and they did so lovingly, always attending their school functions, dropping off and picking up from school, going to sporting functions, etc. Billie’s grandkids and kids loved it when she cooked for them. Some of the favorites were cream chicken, knoephla and homemade tomato soup, cheese buttons (always a favorite birthday supper), and many, many baked items. Although her cooking and baking was always great, the favorite time of year for them was Christmas when she’d bake her goodies (especially sugar cookies).
Jim retired from the railroad in 2008 and he and Billie moved back to Mobridge in December 2013. They built their current home in 2014 on the land where Jim grew up.
Billie was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the spring of 2015. She never complained or felt sorry for herself through her entire illness. If you asked her how she was doing she would tell you, “ok.” She fought this disease with the Tatro pigheadedness and never gave in to it. Unfortunately, on Sept. 12 a procedure did not go the way we would have liked it to and she succumbed to the results on Sept. 13, 2018.
She was preceded in death by her father, Milton Tatro; mother, Cleo Tatro (Mulder); sister, Charlotte Anderson (Tatro); niece, LeAnn Anderson; brother-in-law, Lloyd Anderson; nephew, Paul Ducheneaux; nephew, Walt Peterson; brother-in-law, LeRoy Nordstrom; brother-in-law, Rick Godkin; and nephew, Randy Godkin.
She is survived by her husband, Jim Shillingstad; daughter, Jina Shillingstad; son, BJ Shillingstad; grandson, Wyatt Shillingstad; granddaughter, Sydney Shillingstad; granddaughter, Jayda Shillingstad; grandson, Chipper Shillingstad; granddaughter, Jeselyn Matthews; close friend, Shelly Siemonsma; close friend, Zack Siemonsma; close friend Derick Siemonsma; close friend Makenzie Siemonsma; close friend Nicholas Matthews; sister, Joan Peterson (Tatro); sister, Gail Nordstrom (Tatro); sister, Francis (Jim) Peterson (Tatro); sister, Carol (Frank) Ducheneaux (Tatro); brother Greg (Gwen) Tatro; sister Subby (Rick) Reed (Tatro); sister-in-law, Linda (Pogo) Lutz (Shillingstad); sister-in-law, Carol Godkin (Shillingstad); along with many very special nieces, nephews and friends.
In lieu of memorial flowers and plants, the family requests memorial trees to be planted out at Billie and Jim’s home.
Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge is in charge of the arrangements.