Millicent "Billie" Lue Rench, age 90 of Owosso, passed away Monday, March 27, 2017 at The Meadows Assisted Living.
Funeral Services were held Saturday April 15, 2017, at First United Methodist Church. Burial has taken place at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.
Billie was born February 14, 1927 in Elkhart, Indiana, the daughter of Royal and Alice (Clausen) Reber.
She graduated from Elkhart High School, Class of 1945 and attended North Central University in Naperville, Illinois.
On October 11, 1947 she married Douglas Rench, and they celebrated 62 years of marriage before his death on December 29, 2009.
Billie was a past member of the MSU Extension and the League of Women Voters. She served on the Board of Directors for the Shiawassee Arts Council and worked with both 4-H and the Cub Scouts when her boys were young. But her main work and passion was in serving the Methodist Church and their mission program. Locally, she served as the Chairperson of the Missions Committee at the First United Methodist Church for over 30 years. On the district level she served as The Secretary of Global Missions for 8 years. On a national level she was the Director of Global Ministries for the Methodist Church for another 8 years. Through these programs, she visited many third world counties in order to observe firsthand the needs and the help that was being supplied through the programs of the church. After her first trip to India and seeing the poverty and overwhelming need, she came back as a forever changed person. The highlight of her life was personally spending a day with Mother Teresa on one of her visits to Calcutta, India. She also organized many Volunteers in Missions work trips and the District Task Force for Liberia and Haiti. She loved to travel and over her life she visited over 40 countries on 5 continents with her husband Doug.
Billie is survived by her children Tom (Darlene) Rench and Steven (Gail) Rench, Daughter-in-law, Sherry Rench, and her exchange student son Hermann Hollerich of Germany; seven grandchildren; thirteen great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and many other loving family and friends.
She was predeceased by her son Michael, her husband, Douglas, and her parents.
A special thanks to the staff at The Meadows who treated her like family and Heart to Heart Hospice who lovingly cared for Mom to the end.
Memorial contributions are suggested to First United Methodist Church Memorial fund.