We are saddened to announce the passing of another member of our vast VCU Music family. Francile Bilyeu, retired professor of flute, passed away at her home on July 29, 2018. Bilyeu taught at VCU for 34 years and retired in 2008. We will always remember her joyful enthusiasm, enduring kindness, dedication to her students, sense of humor, and her immense talent as a flutist and an educator. She will be greatly missed by all of her students, colleagues, friends and family.
Below is the obituary from Richmond Times-Dispatch, which includes details about a memorial service. A celebration of Francile’s life will also be held at VCU this fall, with details to be announced.
BILYEU, Francile Madeline, of Richmond, died at home on Sunday, July 29, 2018. She was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Landon A. Bilyeu; and infant daughter, Maura Elizabeth. She is survived by her daughters, Lana Bilyeu (Margaret Collins) and Janice Delong (Henry); grandchildren, Alan (Catherine Pelletier) and Marina Chavez, Fuller and Joanna Collins-Bilyeu and Madeline and Moira Delong; great-grandson, Landon; sister, Janice James; sister-in-law, Karen Bilyeu Smith; and brothers-in-law, Dennis, Jerry and Ron Bilyeu. Francile was a beloved faculty member of the VCU School of Music for 34 years. The family will receive friends 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, August 3, at Bliley’s-Central, 3801 Augusta Ave. A memorial service in celebration of Francile’s life will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, August 4, at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, 4207 Springhill Ave., Richmond, Va. 23225, with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her memory to Good Shepherd Episcopal Church or a charity of your choice.