We've been away for a while. We lost our dear friend and blog designer, and just haven't had the heart to post or continue. But, time helps to accept that which we cannot change and we know Billie wouldn't have wanted us to stop posting on our blog. So, we're back. It will never look as amazing as when Billie used her creativity to make it beautiful, but we'll try.
Miss you Billie!
ZOCH, BILLIE JO (SWEEDEN)
November 14, 1951 - March 26, 2014
Billie Jo (Sweeden) Zoch, age 62, of Bayard, Iowa, formally of Arthur,
Iowa passed away on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at the Iowa Methodist
Medical Center of Des Moines, Iowa.
A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 PM, Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at
the Christensen - Van Houten Funeral Home of Odebolt, Iowa. The Reverend
Trish Underberg will officiate. Burial will follow in the Odebolt
Cemetery of Odebolt, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 1:00 PM to 2:00
PM on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at the Christensen - Van Houten Funeral
Home of Odebolt, Iowa. The Christensen ~ Van Houten Funeral Home of
Odebolt, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may
be sent online to www.christensenvanhouten.com
Billie was born at the Ida Grove Hospital to Billy Ross and Dorothy L.
(Albrecht) Sweeden on November 14, 1951. The family made their home in
Odebolt until 1955, when they moved to Arthur. Billie attended
Odebolt-Arthur School, graduating in 1969. She attended college and
later got a job at Boesen the Florist in Des Moines. In 1972, she
returned to her hometown of Odebolt to work at her mom’s floral shop,
Dorothy’s Flowers & Gifts. She married Tommy Allan Zoch on January
4, 1975, in Odebolt. The couple later had two children: Carrie Jo Zoch
and Luke Allan Zoch. Billie spent several years as a stay-at-home mom
and continued her love for creating by selling crafts out of the
The years took Billie many miles away from home and in many directions.
Her most recent professions included being a graphic designer, a
contracted transcriptionist, and owner of Pink Castle Design with her
daughter and granddaughter. Billie had issues with her heart over the
years, but in February of 2014, she was diagnosed with cancer. She
passed away on March 26, 2014, from a massive heart attack.
Billie was a very creative person. She loved all crafts: floral design,
painting, woodworking, crocheting, and much more. She also enjoyed
reading, watching wildlife, fishing with her family, cooking, Latin
dancing, the changing seasons, and spending time with her precious
Left to cherish memories of Billie are her loving children, Carrie Zoch
of Bayard and Luke (Jennifer) Zoch of Alta; brothers David Sweeden of
Odebolt (special friend) Kit Svendsen of Ida Grove and Jeff (Naomi)
Sweeden of Arthur; her mother, Dorothy L. (Albrecht) Sweeden of Arthur;
grandchildren: Brexton and Dixen of Bayard, and Bryan, Landon and Cayden
of Alta; as well as many other cherished family members and friends.
Billie was preceded in death by her father, Billy Ross Sweeden; maternal
grandparents Clifford and Etta Albrecht; and paternal grandparents
Robert and Laura Sweeden.
Your song Billie: Ain't No Mountain High Enough