Beverly B. Billingslea, 56

Educator and human resources director

November 03, 2006

Beverly B. Billingslea, a former educator and director of human resources, died of complications from cancer and renal failure Sunday at her Westminster home. She was 56.

Born Beverly Brawley in Cheverly, she was raised there and in Parkersburg, W.Va., where she graduated from high school in 1968.

She earned a bachelor's degree in English and speech education from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1972 and a master's in communications there in 1975. She was a 1987 graduate of Goucher College's Institute of Management.

Mrs. Billingslea taught English at Westminster High School from 1972 to 1975 and business communications at Carroll Community College and St. Mary's College in Emmitsburg from 1976 to 1989, when she became assistant director of human resources for Carroll County. She was director from 1997 until she retired in 1999 because of failing health.

Mrs. Billingslea was a member of Westminster United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women.

An outdoorswoman, she enjoyed traveling and hiking with her husband of 33 years, Michael K. Billingslea, a vice president and financial planner with Smith Barney. The couple had completed hikes to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and the 8,842-foot climb to the top of Yosemite National Park's Half Dome.

She was also an avid reader and baker.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Nov. 18 at her church, 165 E. Main St.

Also surviving are two sons, David K. Billingslea of Denver and Matthew L. Billingslea of Nashville, Tenn.; her mother, Sarah Cosper Brawley of Orangeburg, S.C.; two brothers, Ronald Brawley of Port Charlotte, Fla., and Stephen Brawley of Richmond, Va.; a sister, Patricia Carnes of Katy, Texas; and a grandson.

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