Billie Jean Stahlman of St. Clair, MO, departed this life at her home, surrounded by the love of her family, on September 28, 2020, having reached the age of seventy-eight years and twenty-seven days. Billie Jean was born in Tuscumbia, AL, on August 29, 1942, daughter of William Oliver Zenzen and Mildred Doris Zenzen nee Huff. On September 29, 1962, she was united in marriage to Lloyd Julius Stahlman and three sons came to bless this union.
Billie Jean is survived by her sons, Mark Stahlman and wife, Gail, of Luebbering, MO, Greg Stahlman and wife, Angella, of Rolla, MO, and Mike Stahlman and wife, Angie, of Clearwater, FL; by her brother, Leroy Zenzen and wife, Doris, of Union, MO; by her sister, Loretta Gibson and husband, Willard, of Marthasville, MO; by her grandchildren, Ethan Stahlman and wife, Samantha, of Doolittle, MO, Cameron Stahlman of Clearwater, Sydney Stahlman of St. Louis, MO and Dakota Stahlman of Luebbering; by two great-grandchildren, brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, great and great-great-nieces and nephews, cousins and many friends.
Billie Jean was preceded in death by her parents William Zenzen and Mildred C. Zenzen Trentman Hafley, and by her husband, Lloyd Stahlman.
Billie Jean was a Christian and member of Christ Chapel Freewill Baptist Church in St. Clair, MO. She was employed in the packing department of Mallinckrodt Chemical Company in St. Louis, MO for several years. For most of her life, she was a stay at home mom and made her home and family her first priority. She was a willing participant in the family motocross team and liked to help Lloyd work on the boy’s bikes. In more recent years, she enjoyed going shopping, dressing nicely and having her hair done. Billie Jean was a great cook and loved to entertain her children and grandchildren. She was especially fond of their pet dog, Molly. What meant most to her was her time spent with the children and grandchildren. Each of them held a very special place in her heart, as she did in their hearts. The love they shared and many precious memories they created will never be forgotten.
A devoted and loving mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, sister-in-law, aunt, great and great-great-aunt, cousin and treasured friend, she will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved her.
Graveside services were held at 12:30 PM on Friday, October 2, 2020, at Green Mound Cemetery, St. Clair, MO, with the Rev. Jay Tilson officiating. The family was served by Russell Colonial Funeral Home, St. Clair, MO. Memorials may be made to Mayo Clinic Department of Neurology Research, specializing in ataxia disorders.