Doleska “ Rue “ Bilbo, 92, of Orange, passed from this life on Sunday, Feb. 15, at the Pinehurst Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility in Pinehurst.

Born on Nov. 22, 1922 in Opelousas, La., to Joseph Samuel Rougeau and Mary Adelaide (Gallo) Rougeau, she was a lifelong resident of Orange, and a member of the 40th Street Church of Christ in Orange. She worked as a telephone operator for the Southwestern Bell Telephone Company in Orange. Rue was a very humble lady who was giving to others, often placing the needs of others before herself. She enjoyed growing flowers, was an avid reader, a history buff and she enjoyed games which challenged her thinking. Mrs. Rue will also be remembered as a faithful Christian lady who loved her family and friends. Her life was a pure example of Christian living. 

Rue is preceded in death by her parents; husband, James Franklin Bilbo, Sr.; son, James Franklin Bilbo, Jr.; daughter, Karen Gayle Wilson and her dear family friend, John Herrington.

Those who will most cherish her memory are her son, Gary Wynn Bilbo of Orange; sister, Vi Owens of Houston; grandchildren, Stephanie, Stacey, Candace and Crystal; numerous great grandchildren; niece Sharon; dear friend, Peggy Hale and numerous members of her extended family.

Graveside services to remember Rue’s life will be at 1:00 P.M. Wednesday, February 18, at Autumn Oaks Memorial Park in Orange. Conducting the services will be Evangelist Darrell Powell, minister with the West Orange Church of Christ. A gathering of Rue’s family and friends will be from 10:00 A.M. until 12:00 on Wednesday at Dorman Funeral Home in Orange.

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