SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Dr. Joye Ann Billow, 70, of Brookings, S.D., died Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, at Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls after a brief battle with cancer, which she faced in a straightforward manner and with much grace.
Joye was born July 28, 1943, in Middletown, to Mary D. (Pierce) and Schuyler E. Billow. She graduated from Middletown High School in 1961. She received a Bachelor of Science in pharmacy and a doctorate in medicinal chemistry from Temple University in 1967 and 1972. She practiced pharmacy during her college years and joined the SDSU College of Pharmacy faculty in 1972. She was a professor of pharmaceutical sciences and a licensed pharmacist throughout her career.
During her 30 years as a professor, she trained scores of students to take their place in the professional field. She was faculty adviser to Kappa Epsilon Fraternity for women - Chi Chapter for 29 years. During that time she won the Outstanding Advisor Award, the Unicorn Award, and the Career Achievement Award. She also guided the fraternity to become Outstanding Collegian KE Chapter for 2002 to 2003.
She was recognized for her career accomplishments by being named an SDSU Woman of Distinction in 2002. She retired from the university that year.
In the Brookings community, she co-founded the Brookings Women's Center and the Domestic Abuse Shelter, helped organize the Brookings Hospice organization, was an active member of the Brookings Altrusa and the local chapter of the American Association of University Women.
Joye was an artist who focused primarily on painting and drawing throughout her life.
She traveled the country and the world after retirement. She spent time in India, Iceland, Europe and Australia. She developed a love for photography during these trips.
Joye is survived by an uncle and several cousins, all of Pennsylvania. Other survivors include many friends who will miss her warm smile, can-do attitude, and generosity.
She was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles.
A visitation will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, at Eidsness Funeral Home. Friends may share their memories of Joye at www.eidsnessfuneralhome.com.
Burial of the ashes will be at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens in Harrisburg.
In lieu of flowers, Joye asked that donations be sent to the SDSU Foundation in the name of the Joye Ann Billow Women's Leadership Award for Kappa Epsilon.