Billie Montarbo |

Billie Montarbo

Memorial services for Billie Jean Montarbo of Nevada City will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Nevada City chapel of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary. Burial will be at Sierra Memorial Lawn Cemetery in Nevada City.

Ms. Montarbo died Saturday, Sept. 21, at home. She was 74.

She was born Aug. 15, 1928, in Ada, Okla., to Thomas E. and Betty Lou (Tilley) Keeling. She graduated from high school and flight school training, and received her California real estate license.

She retired after 25 years with GTE Lenkurt in San Carlos and then again after working for 10 years for Grass Valley Group. She enjoyed landscape design, gardening, crocheting and many arts and crafts. She was a domino champion.

She is survived by her sons Robert Lawrence Creekmore of McGrath, Alaska, and Scott Evan Creekmore of Oakdale; daughter Carol Jo Shields of Los Altos; daughter and son-in-law Cynthia Sue and Jerry Dunckel of McArthur; brother Tom Keeling Jr. of Somerset; sisters Gertrude Pedroni of Sacramento and Flora Jo Taylor of Eugene, Ore.; ex-husband Cleo Creekmore of McArthur; grandchildren Kathleen E. Shields of Rohnert Park, Patrick J. Shields of Mountain View, and Joel B. Dunckel and Gina N. Dunckel of McArthur. She was preceded in death by her brothers Ben Keeling in 1990 and Ray Keeling in 1997; and sister Lillie “Jimmie” P. Holder in 1997.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.

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