BILLYANNA NILAND,a 66 year resident of the So. Bay passed away January 31, 2005 in an area hospital. She was born in Redondo Beach, California on July 15, 1918 and served her community in so many a practicing dentist...a funeral director (carrying on the tradition of her parents, William F. and Viola Niland who founded the original mortuary in Redondo Beach in 1922) and as an educator. Her career spanned the globe and included teaching and other service endeavours from Hong Kong to the San Francisco Bay area. Billyanna's survivors include her loving cousins; Richard and Diane Cox, Don and Mary Brown, Mitzi Brown, Fidge Brown, Tom Brown and Robin and Verne Becker and their families. Also left to mourn Billyanna's passing is a host of warm loving friends and constituents in the So. Bay and around the world. She will be missed dearly by many who were patients, students and recipients of her many community contributions. Rosary recitation will be Sunday, Feb. 6, 2005 at RICE MORTUARY, 5310 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA, 90503 at 7:00 PM. Celebration of Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, February 7, 2005 at 10:00 AM at St. James Catholic Church, 415 Vincent St., Redondo Beach, CA 90277. Entombment will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Los Angeles.

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  1. My dear Mitzi: We were so sorry to read about Billyanna\’s death. I liked her so much when I met her years ago, and I beleive I have mentioned that to you several times over the years. I know the two of you were so close and you will miss her so much. I recall your telling me about the trips you have taken together and how you enjoyed just being together. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. I will write you at home soon so we can get together. Love, Lori

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