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Edmond woman dies Monday in Wyoming mountain-climbing accident

Mary Margaret “Mimi” Bilyeu, of Edmond, died in a mountain-climbing accident in Wyoming.
BY KYLE SCHWAB AND ROBERT MEDLEY, Staff Writers Modified: July 15, 2014 at 10:17 pm •  Published: July 16, 2014
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Conley said his sister traveled to Africa this year. She made a trek up Mount Kilimanjaro and went on a mission trip to Kenya. He said his sister would have continued climbing and helping others around the world because of her great drive and passion for adventure and serving people in need.

“There’s a great cause out there, and she was without a doubt experiencing that with her trip to Africa,” he said. “She had a greater cause in this life and it was cut short.”

Dana Collie, a friend of Bilyeu’s that traveled to Africa with her, posted on Facebook Tuesday to share about her “dear friend.”

“She was doing what she loved to do, she was fearlessly following her passion,” Collie said. “Her heart was kind, loving, spirited, adventuresome, brave and connected to those fortunate enough to have shared part of her journey.

“She was also deeply connected to all the beauty and majesty in this great big world.

I will see you in the ocean, in the mountains, in beautiful sunrises and sunsets, in the fierce storms and peaceful mornings, in the breeze that cools me and the sun that gives me warmth and in the hearts and smiles of those precious children at Maisha International Orphanage who you so lovingly embraced during our time there.”

Bilyeu has two teenage children and a husband in Edmond, Conley said. She was a homemaker and was very involved in her children’s schools and activities.

Collie later said, “The world lost a very bright light and God gained a very special soul.”

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