Billie Valre Burgess

August 09, 1926
- November 02, 2012

BROWNVILLE - Billie Valre Burgess, 86, died Friday, Nov. 2, 2012. Valre was born Aug. 9, 1926, in Duncan, Okla. She was the only child of the late William and Tomie Joe (Kincannon) Covington.

Valre graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1946 with a degree in home economics and moved to Maine after marrying Charles Burgess. She and Charles began their family and settled in Millinocket where she began her career at Great Northern Paper Co. After moving to Milo, Valre was employed by Trask Insurance for many years. Valre had a strong work ethic and continued her career as an administrative assistant until "retiring" from the Milo Police Department in 2004. "Ma," as she was affectionately known, was a voracious reader, an amazing cook and talented seamstress. Her independence was fierce and her heart generous; she was loved deeply by her family and many friends.

Valre is survived by her two sons, Bill Burgess and his partner, Brenda Barker, of Fort Fairfield and James Burgess of Millinocket; eight grandchildren, Billie Sullivan and her husband, Bill, of Thompson, Whitney McLean of Portland, Andrea Gregg and her husband, Matthew, of Mapleton, Don McLean of Freeport, Robert Higgins of Carabassett Valley, Jeremie Rackler and her husband, OJ, of Limestone, Colleen DiCentes and her husband, Jarod, of Kingfield and Hannah Elliot and her husband, Will, of Limestone; her sister-in-law, Regina Tibbetts; brother-in-law, Earle Burgess; and brother-in-law and sister in-law, Gene and Donna Burgess. She was blessed with 15 great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Valre was predeceased by Charles; and her two daughters, Tomie McLean and Carla Smith.

Friends are invited to call 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at Lary Funeral Home, Milo, where services will begin noon with Pastor Stephen Dean officiating. A graveside committal service will be immediately after at Evergreen Cemetery, Milo. In Valre's spirit of giving, those who wish may make a donation in her memory to a charity of their choice . Messages of condolence and memories may be expressed at
Published in BDN Maine on November 5, 2012

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