Dec. 5, 1933-April 17, 2011
BURLEY — Billie Arguello Martinez, 77, of Burley, died Sunday, April 17, 2011, at the Countryside Care Center in Rupert of natural causes.
She was born Dec. 5, 1933, in Declo, Idaho, to William C. Anderson and Ida Renner Anderson at home on the ranch her parents owned. She married Manuel P. Arguello in 1953; she was widowed in 1988 and later was married to Sam Martinez. She was a lifelong resident of Declo until she moved into the Syringa Apartments.
Billie spent most of her adult working life in the potato industry in the quality laboratories for several different food processors, although for a while she worked in the lunchroom at the Declo High School and caught up on all of the activities of her children as well as all of the neighbor kids. Billie was an Avon Lady for many years in the Declo area. Billie was a member of the Paul Methodist Church.
Billie was known for her ability to produce heirloom quilts. She was a quilter for more than 50 years. She, her sisters and daughters spent many adventurous weekends attending craft shows in Idaho, Utah and Nevada. Billie produced handmade quilts, crocheted dish towels and other craft items which were sold at the various craft shows and fairs she attended. Billie especially liked attending craft shows in and around casinos with slot machines. She had an uncanny ability to get the slots to produce for her. She would then invest her winnings in her grandchildren by buying them gifts and treats. There are a great number of family stories by grandchildren that begin “remember when we are at the craft show with grandma,” followed by a great tale of adventure and a good deal of laughter.
Billie is survived by her children, Ray Arguello and his wife, Karen of Eagle, Darla Gorringe and her husband, Fred of Caldwell and Gary Arguello of Declo; three sisters; one brother; 11 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, spouses, one brother, a daughter and a son-in-law.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity in the name of Billie Arguello.
A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 20, at the Morrison-Payne Funeral Home, 321 E. Main St. in Burley. A lunch will follow the service at the Paul Methodist Church. A graveside service will be held at the Albion Cemetery for internment of her ashes in June.