10 things ABOUT: Billie Pawlicki

Story by Johnny Sain

Photo by Liz Chrisman

Age: 62
Occupation: Receptionist at Sorrell’s Body Shop.
Hometown: I was born in Duncan, Oklahoma, to Bill and Wanda Gray of Appleton. Been living in the River Valley since 1999 after my husband retired from 26 years in the Navy, which allowed us to live in many different places making lots of friends along the way.
Family: I have two sisters and one brother. I’ve been married for 42 years to John Pawlicki. I have one son, Jonathan Pawlicki, married to Gina. I’m the grandmother to five beautiful granddaughters: Anna, Sadie, Jada, Carly and Journey and mother of one grand-dog: Roxie (golden retriever.)

1) What is your favorite book and why?

The Shack. Pictures true life and where people are in their lives from season to season or chapter to chapter if you want to look at it from a book perspective.

2) Dog or cat? Why?

Dog. They truly are a person’s best friend. They know you, love you unconditionally and are very smart. Dogs can make you laugh without trying, and they break your heart when they leave this earth without saying goodbye.

3) What do you think is the most positive aspect of living in the River Valley?

The people — down-home, solid people whom I love serving. Customer service has been a part of my life for over 40 years, and I never tire of helping and serving anyone I can within my power to do so. That’s why working at Sorrell’s Body Shop since 2001 has been and is a perfect fit for me.

4) What’s something no one would ever guess about you?

My love for our military. I have served as an ombudsman, which is a liaison between Navy Command and families. I let the families know what was going on with the ships and overall helping families if they had needs such as groceries and paying bills that are overdue.

5) What is your favorite music genre and artist? Why?

Electric Light Orchestra. The energy that comes from that music — its just the best.

6) What do you nerd out on?

Hallmark. I am a hopeless romantic and especially like happy endings. Plus it’s just good, clean TV watching that is positive, which we all need and desire.

7) If you could change one thing about the River Valley, what would it be?

The River Valley needs more family-oriented things to do. We are lacking in that area.

8) Where is the one location in the River Valley you would tell a first-time visitor that they must go?

Mt. Nebo State Park. There are a lot of switchbacks to get to the top, but once there, the views are breathtaking and the sunsets are picture perfect and postcard worthy. There is a lot to do once you arrive at the park.

9) Pizza, tacos, cheeseburger, or fried chicken? Any particular reason why?

CJ’s has the best burgers in town, Taco Villa for tacos and burritos, Casey’s for pizza – yummy! On any given day any of these would be a great place to eat!

10) What is your favorite quote? Could be from an inspirational person, could be an original.

“One of the most spiritual things you can do is embrace your humanity. Connect with those around you today. Say “I love you,” “I’m sorry,” “I appreciate you,” “I’m so proud of you” … whatever you’re feeling. Send random texts, write a cute note, embrace your truth and share it. Cause a smile today for someone else and give plenty of hugs.”
~ Steve Marboli