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OBIT: Judith Billington, 73, of Iowa Falls

Judith Billington, 73, of Iowa Falls, passed away Saturday, September 28, 2019 at Hansen Family Hospital in Iowa Falls, Iowa.

A funeral service for Judith Billington will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, October 3, 2019 at Hauser Weishaar Funeral Home with Pastor Daniel Larson from Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church officiating. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Charles City.

Visitation will be one hour before the service at the funeral home on Thursday.

Judith Ann (Thomas) Billington, the daughter of Cecil, Sr. and Lavera (Vandeventer) Thomas, was born November 14, 1945 in Charles City, Iowa. She received her education in Charles City and graduated from Charles City High School.

Judith was united in marriage to Cecil Caruth on December 14, 1964. The couple was blessed with three children: Richard, Dixie and Sharon and the family made their home in the Osage area. Judith stayed at home to raise her family and then pursued a 25 year career as a Certified Nurse’s Aide. She also worked as a cook in several area restaurants. Cecil passed away in 1985.

In 1992, Judith married Albert Billington and they lived in New Hampton. She and Albert had seven wonderful years together until his passing in 1999.

Judith volunteered time with the ASPCA animal shelter and was a member of the Friendship Club in Iowa Falls. She enjoyed driving stock cars, collecting model horses, coins and Beany Babies. She owned several Arabian Stallions in her lifetime with Rusty being her baby.

Living family members include her children: Richard Caruth (Christine Hagopian) of Boston, Massachusetts, Dixie La Rue (Alan Avery) of Henderson, Nevada and Sharon Tilkes (Ron Rieber) of Iowa Falls; five grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Karla Thomas of Charles City; and several nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.

Judith was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands; two brothers: Robert Thomas and Cecil Thomas, Jr.; and a grandson, Jonathan Dean La Rue.

Hauser Weishaar Funeral Home, (641) 228-2323, in Charles City, is in charge of local arrangements. Online condolences may be left for the family at

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