In Memory

Gail Goerner (Billington)

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Gail Goerner Billington, 61, of Paeonian Springs, died Sept. 1, 2012, after a 10-year battle with Alzheimer's disease.

She was born in Magnolia, AR, in 1951 to Hugh and Virginia Goerner.

As a youth, she traveled extensively because of her father's profession as an oil industry executive. She lived in Libya and Venezuela. A 1973 graduate of Swarthmore College, she joined the political movement of Lyndon LaRouche, which led her to specialize in Asian intelligence work. In December 1984, she married Michael Billington, another political organizer for the LaRouche movement, in New York City. Soon afterwards, they moved to the Leesburg. When her husband was imprisoned on charges related to the fundraising activities of the LaRouche organization, she took on the role of a global ambassador for justice. Her human rights efforts took her throughout Europe, Mexico, Thailand, India, Malaysia, Australia, Cambodia and the Philippines.

In addition to her husband and her parents, surviving family members include her brother Mike and his wife and three children of Boston and sister-in-law Katherine McNamara of Charlottesville. Services were held Sept. 7 at Colonial Funeral Home. Interment was at Union Cemetery in Leesburg.