Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Bilyeu, 77, of 330 Isabella Street, passed away at the Lebanon Hospital Monday evening [March 17, 1952]. Daughter of Mary and William Gatts, pioneer settlers in this area, she was born at their farm near Peterson Butte on July 13, 1874. With the exception of two years spent in Raymond, Wash., she was a lifelong resident of Lebanon and Lacomb.
After her marriage to Joseph Lane Bilyeu in Lebanon, they lived in Lacomb and 30 years ago moved to Lebanon. Mr. Bilyeu died in 1943.
Survivors are two sons, Amos Bilyeu, Lebanon, Ralph Bilyeu, Gates; daughters, Mrs. Beva Foster, Portland and Mrs. Britta Ludtke, Lebanon; 14 grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Also surviving are two brothers, Vernon Gatts, Aberdeen and Hubert Gatts, Salem, and two sisters, Mr. Leona Bilderback, Corvallis and Mrs. Cora Braggs, Salem.
Funeral services were held at the Huston Funeral Home in Lebanon, Thursday at 1:30 p.m., with Mrs. Lena Somers, pastor of the Church of God officiating. Interment was in the Lacomb Cemetery.
Lebanon Express, March 21, 1952
Contributed by: Shelli Steedman