W12-0121.60. Walvoord, Wilhelmina “Billie” J. (1909-1987). Papers, 2009. 1 folder.

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Wilhelmina “Billie” Jean Walvoord was born in Japan, in 1909 to medical missionaries Anthony and Edith Walvoord. After the death of her father in 1919, the family returned to the United States where her mother became the matron of Voorhees Hall at Hope College. There, she attended the local grammar school (Froebel). She attended Hope College and graduated in 1930 with a major in history. At Hope College Walvoord was involved in the Sigma Sigma (Sorosis) Sorority, glee club and Milestone yearbook. In 1937, she entered Andover-Newton Seminary in Newton Center, Massachusetts, and earned a master’s degree in religion education. After graduating, she worked as a youth director in Congregational churches on the east coast and worked for the USO at two military bases during World War Two. She also worked for the YMCA and USO, after the war. She retired from social work in 1979 and returned to Holland in 1987 with her two sisters, Jeane and Geraldine. She died later that same year.


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