Esther Marian Moritz was born Oct. 25, 1919, near Remsen, Iowa, the daughter of John and Sophie (Scherner) Moritz. Billie was baptized and confirmed in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Remsen. She attended rural school near her home and high school in Remsen. She would later work at Royer's Jewelry Store in Cherokee for several years.
On Jan. 14, 1942, Billie and Aaron Waller were united in marriage in Cherokee. Following Aaron's service in the United States Army, the couple engaged in farming in Tilden Township, rural Marcus, for 60 years. Aaron died Jan. 13, 2002.
Billie was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church, rural Marcus. She was Past Worthy Matron and Past Grand Representative of the Order of the Eastern Star. Billie was presently a member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood.
She enjoyed reading, cooking, traveling and gathering genealogy history. Most of all, she enjoyed the time spent with her family.
Billie will be lovingly remembered by her sons, Richard A. Waller and his wife, Karleen of Dakota Dunes, S.D., and Neal J. Waller and his wife, Deb of Marcus; a daughter, Marlene K. Larson and her husband, Keith of Sioux City; five grandchildren, Chris Waller and his wife, April of Cherryville, N.C., Chantelle Waller of Remsen, Danielle Waller and her fiancÚ, Greg Seier of Crete, Neb., Scott Waller and his wife, Renee of Longmont, Colo., and Brian Waller and his wife, Callie of Des Moines; nine great-grandchildren Kraig, Kipp, Kayla and Kora Alesch, Matthew, Joseph and Sarah Grace Waller, Preston and Braxton Waller; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Aaron; and three sisters, Evelyn (August) Hansen, Eleanor (Sylvester) Oehlerts and Eleane (Norbert) Kellen.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Grace United Methodist Church in Marcus. Burial will follow at Marcus - Amherst Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. today (Tuesday) at the Earnest - Johnson Funeral Home in Marcus. The family will be present from 5-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. There will also be one hour of visitation at the church prior to the funeral on Wednesday.
Stories, memories and expressions of sympathy may be directed through www.mauerjohnsonfh.com.