Billie was born May 10, 1943 in Grandview, Texas to Charlie Davis and Bessie Lee Carr.
The year was 1943, Nachos and deep-dish pizza were invented; sliced bread was banned; Oklahoma was a popular musical; Boogie Woogie by Tommy Dorsey blasted on the radio, and Billie was born. Billie’s lifelong dream was to retire and watch soap operas. She loved the “stories” and she didn’t mind ignoring visitors while her favorite ones were on. All the staff quickly learned what time they came on and what channel to turn the TV to. When she loved you, you knew it. When she didn’t love you, well, you knew that too. Rolling her eyes and shaking her head were great talents of hers. Billie was a fan of handsome men and she always had pictures and posters on her walls wherever she lived. She was a daredevil in her younger years. She loved to ride up to the top of a hill in her wheelchair and to be let go—forcing whoever pushed her up there to run along beside her to make sure she stopped before crashing into anything—although it was hilarious to her if she crashed or someone fell down. She liked going just about anywhere and she won people over everywhere she went. She didn’t mind telling you what she disliked either. She’d simply say “no way” over and over until her point was made. She had a million dollar smile and a contagious laugh. She turned our bad days into better days. She was probably the girl The Temptations sang about in My Girl because she absolutely was “the sunshine on a cloudy day.”
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