Delores Virginia “Dee” McCoy was born March 30th, 1932 in East Liverpool, daughter of Denzel McCoy and Kathleen Otley McCoy. In 1952, Dee married William Gaylord “Gay” Billingsley. They are the parents of three children: William Curtis “Curt” Billingsley, Jeffrey Ross Billingsley and Amy Sue Billingsley Wagner. Their three grandsons are Benjamin A. Wagner, Ethan W. Wagner and Jacob A. Wagner. The Billingsleys have lived in East Liverpool for most of their lives, and retired from the grocery business in 1990.
Dee has long been active in community and charitable activities. She served on the Columbiana County Department of Human Services and with the office of Columbiana County Children‘s Services. She worked on committees for the Tri-State Pottery Festival; the Thompson Park Ethnic Days; and the Ohio River Art Gallery. She is also a longtime volunteer for the East Liverpool City Hospital Ladies’ Auxiliary.
Using puppets she had designed herself, Dee performed many times at Carnegie Public Library’s children’s story hour. She also visited many area classrooms telling stories with her puppets. Getting involved with the “Ohio Reads” Program for East Liverpool City Schools was one of Dee’s most rewarding experiences. One of her favorite jobs is to help plant and maintain the Thompson Park flower beds.
This honorarium is given by Dee’s husband Gay to celebrate their 56th wedding anniversary.