M. Prudence Webb Billiu

Profile Updated: May 26, 2015
M. Prudence Webb
Residing In: Harrison Township, MI USA
Spouse/Partner: Charlie Billiu
Homepage: prudencebilliu42@gmail.com
Occupation: Retired -
Children: Dawn Riley, Born 1964
Dana Riley, Born 1965
Todd Riley, Born 1969, wife Tami, grandkids Emma More…11, Jack 8 & Cooper 5
4 Step-children
Bart Billiu, Born 1958 wife Suzette, grandkids Evelyn & Mike & 4 G-grandkids, Lee & Holly - 2 G-grandkids, Justin & Jen - 3 G-grandkids, Jordan & Kat - 1 G-grandkid,
Ben Billiu, Born 1960 wife Brenda - 2 grandsons
Betsey Mitchell Born 1961 husband Chuck - grandson Andrew & Jenny - 1 great grand son Zachery
Bonnie Cohorst Born 1963 husband Gary - Grandkids Ronald & Amie, Chelsey
Yes! Attending Reunion
Since 1960:

Since 1960, I attended MSU with a semester at Mexico City College; graduated from Northwood University in 1992 BA in Business Admin.; becoming interested in holistic health and a massage therapists for 15 years.
Retired - not really! I retired from working in local school systems in 2003. First I worked in Grosse Pointe in Special Education and Learning Disabled; then at Macomb Community College as a coordinator for Adult Education classes in Holistic Health and Small Business Assn.; lastly at L'Anse Creuse Schools in English As A Second Language working mostly with Hispanic children. I babysat grandchildren, grandnephews and friends. who are all in school now....where does the time go! I truly feel blessed to have bonded and had a important part in these little ones lives. The oldest kids are now 12 and at Pierce Middle School.
For the past 3 years, I've held the position of Chaplain for Louisa St. Clair Daughters of the American Revolution. Our Chapter was the first organized in Detroit, MI in 1893 and forty-fourth admitted to the National Society. We are located in Grosse Pointe and are a service organization promoting preservation of history, education and love of country and home. This year we have honored Vietnam Veterans - 50 year anniversary. My sister Pris and I are attending the 125 NSDAR Continental Congress for a week in late June in Washington DC.
We are very blessed with family, friends and relatively good health. We are active members of G.P. Sail Club, Windjammers Cruising Club and St. Hubert Church. I can't believe where the years have gone!

School Story:

In 1963, I married classmate Chuck Riley. We had 3 children, Dawn 1964, Dana 1965 & Todd 1969. Our family took a year cruise in 1977 aboard our 36' sailboat to the West Indies. The kids were 12, 11 & 8 and are avid sailors today.
In 1993, I married Charlie Billiu. Our combined kids number 7, grandkids 12, g-grandkids 12. We love to travel having taken lovely trips to England, France, Italy, Netherlands, Germany, etc. Following America Cup Campaigns, we've spent extended time in San Diego, San Francisco, New Zealand and Spain. A VW camper van allowed us to spend summers in Alaska and the Eastern Providences.
Daughter Dawn is a world class sailor, the first American to have raced on three America Cups and two Whitbread Around The World Races.
We like to bike ride, are fair weather sailors now aboard our Tartan 34' docked behind our home in Harrison Twp. Wintertime finds us walking snowy trails in Northern Michigan near Boyne City/Petoskey at daughter Dana's cabin and spending a month in Florida.
Dawn is a world class sailor, the first American to have raced on three America's Cups and two Whitbread Around The Wold Races. In 2009, she put together Oakcliff Sailing Center in Oyster Bay, NY, a one of a kind international high-performance training center for women and men who have progressed beyond traditional coaching. They train on the water, as n boat shop apprentices and front-office experience. Check them out at oakcliffsailing.org
Dana and John Hayes live in San Rafael. They both are active in big boat racing on San Francisco Bay. Dana is Manager of Operations for Oakland Parks and Recreation overseeing 140 parks, 66 ball fields, 44 tennis courts, 28 rec centers, 6 pools, a fitness center, water park, etc.
Son Todd and wife Tami live in G. P.. He works many hours in three companies. Tami has been very busy with Co-op preschool at Christ Church and will have a little time on her hands as Cooper starts kindergarden at Maire next fall. They have 3 kids - Emma 11, Jack 8 and Cooper 5. Todd races sailboats doing distance races on the coasts and Mackinac Races in the Great Lakes. As a family, they have a Mainship 34 to cruise to Georgian Bay.

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I have wonderful memories of growing up in Grosse Pointe, good friends, parks for summer and winter fun and always Lake St. Clair. I remember the charter buses that lined G.P. Blvd. to take us spectators to away games and also spirited home games. A special thank you to all you athletes who were the Boarder City League Champs!!! I certainly appreciate the good education we received. Hey girlfriends, how about our couple parties,dances, sleepovers with Chef Boyardee Pizza mix (new at the time) big hair rollers and pillow fight, Elvis, Rock & Roll. FUN!!!
I cherish the special times spent with friends at Marilyn Taylor's summer home on Walloon Lake. Ten of us meet every few years to share memories, lives events and be a support for each other. These gals are the Golden Friends - Marilyn Taylor, Peggy Jeffs, Ann Mair, Karen Warmbold, Susie Hykes, Mary Hartz, Lanier Gray, Penny Distin and Dorothy Trefzer.

Do you plan to attend the reunion?

Yes

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Jan 22, 2016 at 8:33 PM

Oh Jill, So sorry you are on another journey. I'm thankful for all the fun we had as City Park Bums - swimming, boating, waterskiing, playing cards, reading the Classics and flirting with the guards! Iceskating in the winter from the City Park to the Farms Park or Park Park were great adventures. We were truly blessed to have lived in a great community, attended GPHS and shared so many friends. Your friend, Prudy Webb Riley Billiu

 

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May 30, 2015 at 9:40 AM

You look great and I see are very talented. So glad you are feeling better. I guess as we get older we get challenging years, then recover and move forward. I had 2 years plus of shoulder replacement and surgeries. I'm obviously not skiing any more but sailing, bike riding and thankful for each day. Maybe we'll see you at the 60th reunion. Take care.

May 26, 2015 at 8:43 AM

It's always nice to go back to grade school at Richard and playing kick the Can and Red Rover Red Rover on the lawn of the terraces on Rivard. I have a knitting group that meets there and the area seems small from my memories as a kid. See you at the reunion

May 26, 2015 at 8:41 AM

It will be fun to see you again.

May 26, 2015 at 8:38 AM

Looking forward to seeing you at the reunion.

May 26, 2015 at 8:29 AM
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My daughter Linda and her son Zac 22 with girl friend
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Posted on: May 15, 2015 at 4:54 PM

I'm looking forward to seeing you at the reunion!

Mar 30, 2015 at 12:33 PM

Bernie was a very special guy with a wonderful smile and big dimples. Just thinking about him bring back a smile to my face! Rest in peace friend! His mom and my move lived next to each other on Rivard. Always nice to hear about the Metzen family. 

Mar 24, 2015 at 4:33 PM

 

 

Teddy was a special friend of Chuck Riley and myself. We sailed and Ice boated together. I always have fond memories of Ted  ??

 

Dec 16, 2014 at 4:21 PM

Think of you often. Merry Christmas to all. We are ho ho ho ing around here. I'll get a Christmas letter out in January. Hugs, & Love

Nov 12, 2014 at 2:55 PM

Nice to get caught up. My youngest son Todd Riley lives on Grayton just below St Paul. His 3 kids are in GP schools. Emma 11 at Pierce, Jack 7 Maire and Cooper in preschool at Christ Church. GP was a lovely community to grow up in and it's fun sharing in the grand kids activities which bring back so many memories for me.
Daughters Dawn on Long Island NY and Dana in San Francisco. All will be home for Christmas this....always special for a parent.
The best to you and yours. Prudy

Oct 28, 2014 at 4:33 AM