Billie Jean Umbach was born Sept. 8, 1976, at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Sioux City, the daughter of Larry and Karen (Jeffrey) Wink. She was raised in Anthon, where as a youth she was a high achieving 4-H member of the Anthon Advancers 4-H club. She graduated from Maple Valley Anthon-Oto High School with the class of 1995. While in school she accelerated academically, was active as a cheerleader and was a member of the color guard, high school band and other school activities. After high school, Billie attended Omaha College of Health Sciences and Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo, Iowa,obtaining her degree in dental hygiene.
On Nov. 23, 2001, Billie married her high school sweetheart, Lincoln Umbach. On June 4, 2005, the couple were blessed with their only child, Keegan LaThomas. The couple enjoyed parenting, taking family vacations and every moment spent together.
Billie was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. She enjoyed scrapbooking, photography, golf, gardening, vacationing and bonfires with friends. Billie loved celebrating Christmas and the Fourth of July. She loved cooking and baking, especially decorating sugar cookies for all holidays. She treasured spending time with family and friends and enjoyed playing cards and board games. Above all, she loved her family, especially her beloved husband and young son.
Billie Umbach, 34, of Anthon passed away Tuesday, May 17, 2011, at a Sioux City hospital after fighting a courageous 5 1/2-year journey against melanoma. She was surrounded by her loving family and friends.
Survivors left to cherish their memories of Billie include her husband, Lincoln, and son, Keegan, and his puppy, "Paws
Billie Jean grew up with a tanning bed in her home. She tanned like many do for various reasons. Maybe it won't happen to you. Maybe she was just more susceptible to cancer than others. Maybe her son would have still have his mommy and her husband his soulmate if only tanning beds didn't exist. Sure it could've been a car accident, or another disease or maybe its just God's will and when its your time it just is. But unlike cigarettes or heavy drinking, the perception is that tanning beds make you more beautiful therefore they are allowed. The risks are underplayed. The warnings minimal. Make a choice to be there for your children, your spouse, your family. Its just one more healthy choice to stay away from obvious harm.