Obituary: ‘Aunt Billie’ passes away


“A Parker legend is no more. Yesterday Ellen Elise Dick (Fuqua), known better as Aunt Billie to thousands, passed on. She went peacefully in the end after being in a coma for the last several days. Ellen E. Dick was born in Parker, AZ in the upstairs bedroom that she occupied for many years after both her Mother and Father passed away.

She was delivered by the only doctor in the area at the time, a woman who worked for IHS. Billie was a contemporary of Marion Beaver. She was in one of the first few graduating classes of Parker High School and attended the University of Arizona and later Northern Arizona University as well. She had two children, Linda Simmons who passed away some ten years ago now, and Henry Frederick “Roby” Dick who resides near Prescott, Arizona with his wife Nell (formerly Brennan).

Billie had three grandchildren, Austen, Debbie and Grant. And she had many great grandchildren. But she also had so many other children she taught as young people who loved her dearly. She was gifted to have thousands of friends. She was born on September 20, 1916, and passed away at the age of 99 on June 23, 2015. She was definitely a one of a kind person. To know her was to love her. We in her family, but so many more as well, will miss her dearly.”

– Family


  1. Eve Kisner

    Prayers go out to the family…..

  2. Paula Cornell

    Rest in Peace. Prayers to her family.

  3. Anne Pipins

    Rest in peace u will be missed but not forgotten may peace be with the family

  4. Mary Odom

    RIP she was such a nice lady rest in peace,prayers to all

  5. Phyllis Parrish

    I loved Mrs. Dick. She was awesome.

  6. I remember Mrs. Dick very well. She taught me in school at Parker Dam. I hold a great deal of respect for her. She remembered me on sight some forty plus years later. Rest is Peace Mrs. Dick. And thank you for helping to teach me to read.

  7. Carole Burgess Alewine

    So very sorry for losing one very special lady. She was my teacher at Parker Dam School in the early 60’s. She will be forever missed. Many prayers for her and her family.

  8. Linda McKarson Sharp Klaja

    She will be missed Loved talking about the old days of Parker Area with her .

  9. Frank Savino

    What a wonderful lady she was, always greeted me with a smile and genuine friendship. May we be blessed with her memories forever.

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