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Sybilla J. Augustine

May 7, 1952January 27, 2020

Sybilla (Billie) J. Augustine (67), passed away peacefully on Monday, January 27, 2020 at The Hospice by the Sea in Boca Raton, Florida.

Memorial celebrations will be held in both Ohio and Arizona later this year.

Billie was born in Cleveland, Ohio on May 7, 1952 to Kenneth & Jane Mullis. She spent her early years in Painesville, Ohio, where she went to school and began working. On May 10, 1980 she married Richard W. Augustine, her husband of very nearly 40 years. Work opportunities enticed the Augustine’s to move to Tempe, Arizona in 1983. Billie began working at Scottsdale Insurance Company that same year as a property underwriter. She spent the next 33 years working, progressing, and gaining the respect of her peers, until retiring as an executive director in 2016. Though they tried to entice her to stay longer, she wanted to retire early to spend more time with her family and friends. Billie moved to Florida in 2016, eventually settling in Deerfield Beach near her oldest son and his two daughters. Even in retirement, she stayed active, volunteering in her Waterways community, and serving as president of the homeowner’s association.

Billie was a woman of faith. She loved God, her family, and friends very much. She was tough and smart, a quick learner with the ability to adapt and succeed. She wasn’t afraid to speak up, or take control, even in a business environment dominated by men. Despite having some substantial adversities at an early age, she worked hard to become the savvy and successful businessperson she was recognized as. Billie also loved to ditch the dresses and heels for jeans and sneakers. She loved camping and hiking, fishing and spending time outdoors with her family. She loved nature and animals, giving homes to several “lost” furry family members over the years. A genuinely kind and caring person. Billie was never too busy to thank someone, or wish them a good day, or ask how they were doing. She was always smiling, had a quick wit, and a great sense of humor. And as sweet as she was, she could also snap you right back into shape if you got out of line. Billie was also a dedicated wife and mother. Even with a full-time job, she still found time to cook delicious food, clean, do laundry, go to school sporting events, or do whatever her family needed. A true Renaissance woman. She will be missed very much by anyone who was lucky enough to have had her in their life.

Billie is survived by her Husband, two brothers, two sons, two daughters, four granddaughters, one grandson, one great granddaughter, and many loving nieces, nephews, and in-laws.

Rest in peace.


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Carla Johnson

February 11, 2020

I worked with Billie for many years and she was always so kind, caring and I learned so much from her. You couldn't help but laugh a lot when you spent time with her. She had such a big heart and would do anything for you. (and we can't forget her love of animals)

Tough, kind, genuine, helpful and warm are just a few words that come to mind when I think of Billie.
She is a part of many great memories of the good old days at Scottsdale Insurance that I'll cherish always.
My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Nancy Kasmarski

February 6, 2020

Richard and Family,

You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Billie was a very special lady and a good friend. She fought hard until the very end and never complained.

Always remember that she had a wonderful heart and although a good heart has stopped beating, a heart that has touched so many lives can't help but live on in those it loved.

Nancy Kasmarski

CLARA Nunez Lockward

February 6, 2020

May our Lord bless and comfort you and your family during this time of grief. Please accept my sincere condolences.

Kim (Machen) Frasquillo

February 5, 2020

Rest in Peace, my dear, sweet Aunt Sybbie. You are free from pain and suffering and have gotten your Angel Wings.
My Aunt Sybbie was always so sweet, loving, funny, fun-loving, a prankster, caring, a good confidante and always ready to lend an ear or a shoulder.
She was all about family, whom she loved and was loyal to. She could hold her own with her 2 brothers, Bob Machen Sr (my Daddy) and Ken Mullis. Whenever they were together, no matter their age, they acted like typical siblings; razzing and tormenting each other.
Aunt Sybbie never knew a stranger. She took to people with an utter ease and made them feel special. All who knew Sybbie were blessed to have been in her circle of life.
You will be missed by me, her brothers, my 3 brothers Bob Machen Jr, Louie Machen and Keith Machen, Uncle Dick, her sons Rick Hamilton and Geoff Hamilton, granddaughters London Hamilton and Avery Hamilton and all of her friends. I will eternally have a big hole in my heart.
Hugs, Kisses and LOTS of LOVE!!!!!

Barb White

February 5, 2020

Billie was such an inspiration to me. I loved her spit fire attitude and how she cared for so many people. I am blessed that I got to know her at work. I will miss her. She's with the angels now and will watch over her loved ones. May she rest in peace.

Karen Jackson Alford

February 5, 2020

I worked with Billie for many years. I learned so much from her and so did many others. She was a spit fire with a heart of gold who made me smile and laugh all the time. I feel so blessed to have known her and heaven now has another angel to keep them on their toes. I love you Billie and will remember you always.

Craig & Elli Smith

February 4, 2020

We have known Billie for 37 years. We worked together, took business trips together, took vacations together and just spent lots of fun time together. Billie was the most upbeat and positive person you could ever know. She was a hard worker and cared about everybody that came in contact with her. Right to the end she was still caring about those around her and making sure they were comfortable even though she was suffering. We have the greatest memories of time spent with Billie and her family and we will treasure each of those memories forever. God bless you Richard, Rick, and Geoff and all the rest of the family. RIP Billie you have earned it. Craig and Elli

Sue Caruso

February 4, 2020

To Richard and family,
I know your hearts ache and you will shed many a tear, when you close your eyes and wish Billie were near.

But keep in mind that she can see from above, the strength of her family and your ongoing love.

Never again will she suffer or weep, instead happy memories she’ll help you keep.

Billie, you will be so missed by so many!

Karen Davis

February 4, 2020

Billie was one of a kind. She had a heart of gold but could be mama lion when warranted. Billie was my right hand 'man' as an executive and one of my biggest supporters in that men's world we lived in. So very glad she retired early and that I had time with her during a business trip to Florida in 2017. Richard and family, she continues to love you all ferociously and is at peace. Much love.♥️

Raymond Machen

February 4, 2020

A lot of you knew her as Billie, to me she was Aunt Sybie. My entire life she was always there, such a fun, loving and caring person, Aunt Sybie was an AMAZING untrained Chef, she would cook anything anytime and it was always good. My deepest condolences to Uncle Dick, Ricky and Geoff, hang in there guys it will get better.