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
I am so sorry for your loss.
Knowing her son Doug as I do, Anne had to have been every bit of this lovely obituary and more. She graced the world and now graces the heavens. Our deepest sympathies are with the family. May God grant everyone peace through the transition.
Condolences, love and prayers for peaceful and grateful reflection to all the Billings family at this testing time. God is your strength and love is your constant. Bless you all x
Such a sweet woman. That giggle will always be remembered and missed. Prayers of peace and comfort extended to all who knew and loved her.
Continuing to lift you guys in prayer.
Thanks DeAnn and Lonnie for entrusting me to care for your mom. It was an honor and a privilege to have known her as well as cared for her.
Thank you to the family for allowing me to share the Love God has given me.
May you find comfort in knowing she is resting peacefully in our Heavenly Father’s arms. She has her wings now!
Rest In Peace Mrs. Ann, you so richly deserve your crown.
Please know that our prayers are with you
Doug I hunted you down because I haven’t seen recent posts from you and I was worried and I found this. Answered my concerns. I lost my mother 1 month ago so I understand your grief. Please know that I am praying for you and hope you find Peace in the Lord during these times. We love you!!
I thank God for the few years I knew Ann Billings ?. Ann was a mother to all of us . Family recieve my sincere condolences from the bottom of my heart me and my family we say sorry for your loss. May the God almighty give all of you strength to accept the departure of our dia mom who has gone to be the lord.Its so unbelievable that she is no more.Praying fo all of you at this hard time
Thinking of your family and sending prayers for your strength as you process your loss. I feel blessed that I was able to meet Anne. She was a darling woman and always greeted those in my family with the warmest of smiles.
I loved her hugs, her kisses, her laugh, and the way her sweet voice said my name. Really liked having a beer with her and the lively discussions that followed her question of,”Did you hear what Glenn Beck said about …” Good times. Cheers Aunt Anne!
Anne spent several years in ministry with the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph. Because I was also with the Diocese, we became close friends during those years even attending some out-of -town seminars and meetings. I will always remember Anne for her laughter, her insights, her wonderful personality. She loved her family and she had great faith. Although her illness caused separation from her many friends, she was always in my thoughts and prayers . she will remain in my memory as a blessing in my life.
To the Billings family I am so sorry for your loss. Anne is with Gene now. God Bless!
We in the Gourmet Club have missed her joyful presence at our gatherings for way too long. Now she leaves a hole in our hearts. May she and Gene be reunited at the Heavenly Banquet!