Anne C. Billings, age 83, Olathe, KS, passed away on Monday, April 25, 2022 at Stratford
Memory Care Community with her children at her side.
A visitation and funeral Mass will be held Friday, May 13th commencing at 3:30 pm at Saint John
Paul II Catholic Church, 18335 W 168th Terrace, Olathe, Kansas. Burial will be held on Saturday
morning, May 14th at 10:00am in Mount Olivet Cemetery (Sacred Heart Burial Lot), Kansas City,
Anne was born in Des Moines, lowa on August 1, 1938, to Charles and Elizabeth Wilkins.
She was a graduate of St. Teresa (Avila) College. Her incredible faith was with her through the
entirety of her life. She briefly studied in a convent with the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin
Mary. However, in the summer of 1960, she was invited out with friends, on a blind date to meet a
young gentleman – Gene Paul Billings. They courted and were married on June 3, 1961, at St
Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Kansas City. They were married for 41 years before Gene’s passing,
They had four children: Douglas Michael, DeAnn Marie, Debora Michele and Daniel Matthew,
who they raised in faith, discipline and love.
Anne’s career ranged from teaching elementary students, special needs students and then as
Administrator/Founding Team of The Center for Pastoral Life & Ministry for the Diocese of Kansas
City/St. Joseph. Then, Director of St. John’s Center for the Diocese of Kansas City/St. Joseph and,
finally she retired, as parish director of St. Thomas Moore Catholic Parish.
Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband Gene, infant son, Daniel, and brothers
Gary Wilkins and Jim Wilkins. Surviving are her children, Doug Billings, DeAnn Totta, and Debbie
Billings. Also surviving is her brother, Dr. Michael Wilkins (sister-in-law Jody Wilkins) and sister-in-
law Nanette Gray-Wilkins. Grandchildren, Elizabeth Anne, Christopher Billings, Grant Paul, Jessica
Anne, Nicholas Daniel, Megan Marie, Michael Stephen and great grandchild, Oliver Gene.
Anne was a woman of unbreakable faith and deep dedication to the Church. In order for her to
“put more structure into my praver life”, she committed to be an Oblate of the Benedictine Sisters
of Perpetual Adoration in Clyde, Missouri. She was a nurturing, loving mother, grandmother, great-
grandmother, sister and wife.
Her final few years, with Alzheimer’s were arduous, but she lived with profound faith and
without anger or vitriol. She was, throughout life, possessed by faith, dignity and grace. Her sweet
disposition, good humor and tell-tale giggle never left her.
She taught us to accept this day in the perspective of our faith. Anne Catherine Billings has won
life’s reward – the gift of eternal salvation. Rejoice in this with us in memory of her. In lieu of
flowers the family has asked that you make donations to:
The Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual
Adoration; Attn: Anne C. Billings Memorial
31970 State Highway P
Clyde, MO 64432-8100