Graveside services for Billie Jo Heisch, 87, currently of Albuquerque, will be held at 2:00 PM, Wed. Jan. 22, 2020 in the Portales Cemetery with Rev. Ronnie Fox officiating. All of her family members will be honorary pallbearers.
Billie Jo Heisch was born April 22, 1932 in Plainview, TX to the home of Zeta Esther (Dollins) and John Andrew Newman, and died early on the morning of Jan. 16, 2020 in Albuquerque, NM. On Nov. 1, 1948 she was married to Paul Ray “Cotton” Heisch. The couple was blessed with two sons. In 1957, the family moved from Portales to make their home in the Gallup area. Mrs. Heisch worked for many years as a cook at the Continental Divide Training Center for the US Forest Service.
She is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Rick and Kathleen Heisch of Continental Divide, NM and Dickie Heisch of Albuquerque; three grandchildren, Deanne (Bryan) Silva of Gallup, NM, Brent (Trish) Heisch of Albuquerque, NM and Alex Eldred of San Antonio, TX; five great-grandchildren, Katlynn Silva, Shelby Silva, Ryleigh Silva, Ryan Heisch and Zefan Heisch; and a sister and brother-in-law, Johnnie Mae and Leflar Turner of Portales. She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Louise Richardson who died Dec. 22, 2000 and “Mutt” Jennings who died Jan. 14, 2002, and by her beloved husband, “Cotton” Heisch who died June 11, 1998.
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