WOODBURY, N.J. – Harriett Edwina Billing, 84, died suddenly, Saturday, March 21, in Woodbury, N.J., while returning from Florida to her home in Maine.

She was born July 13, 1924, in Washington, a daughter of the late Edson and Lucia Leigher Wellman. She attended local schools and graduated as the class valedictorian from Washington High School, Class of 1941.

On Nov. 6, 1943, she married Clyde Billing of North Anson. In 1955, she and Clyde started the Washington Garage doing general automotive repair and obtained the SAAB franchise in 1958. Although they operated at the Washington location until 1967, the main dealership was moved in 1967 to Riverside Drive in Augusta as Clyde Billing Inc. They added the Subaru franchise at that site and as the business grew it was relocated to State Street in 1980. Eventually the dealership included Volkswagen and Itasca.

She remained active in management during these years and in 1989 shared the KVCC Lifetime Achievement Award with Clyde. During these years, as time allowed, she enjoyed traveling to Japan and much of Europe as well as the United States.

She was an active member of the Good Sam Club, Order of the Eastern Star, Washington Grange and the VFW Ladies Auxiliary in Washington. She retired in 1991 to enjoy her farm in Washington and spent much of the winter months in Florida.

She and her husband enjoyed spending time at their camp in the Allagash. Her life was busy, full and happy with her devotion to her husband, her family and her work. She will be missed by many.

Survivors include her husband, Clyde of Washington; children, Michael Billing and his wife, Sandra, of Rockwood, Peter Billing and his wife, Leona, of Palermo, Kendrick Billing and his wife, Nancy, of Greenville, Robert Billing and his companion, Darlene Perkins, of Washington, Mary Billing of Washington, Steven Billing and his wife, Gloria, of Augusta and Bruce Billing of Cape Neddick; 12 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and sisters, Velma Johnson of Richmond, Phyllis Newell of Augusta and Elsie Hunter of Chelsea.

She was predeceased by her son, James in 1973.

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