Billie Jean Davis

08/22/1933 — 03/10/2014

From Kennewick, WA, US | Born in DeQueen, AR

Billie Jean Davis

Billie Jean Davis Stephens August 22, 1933 – March 10, 2014

Our mother, grandmother and great grandmother Billie Jean Davis passed away peacefully on March 10, 2014.

Billie was born August 22, 1933 in DeQueen, Arkansas where she spent most of her youth. She was the oldest child of seven born to Jess and Effie Stephens. In 1950, Billie married the love of her life Norman C. Davis, and upon his discharge from the United States Air Force, they moved to the Tri-Cities where Norman started his 42 year career on the Hanford project. This union lasted 52 joyous years. They meant the world to each other. The most admirable attribute to this marriage was that they were genuinely best friends. Their greatest desire was to please each other. Many people say there is nothing like a mother's love, and they are right. Our mother was a wonderful person who showed love to everyone she came in contact with. She was caring and beautiful inside and out. She loved life, her family, and her friends. Her family was her passion. She always put the wants and needs of others before herself. Her Thanksgivings were legendary bringing in friends and family from miles around. Each and every Thanksgiving visitors walked away with lasting memories of Billie's "cake and pie table" which would annually feature goodies by the dozens!

Billie is survived by her daughter Sheila and husband Steve Galloway; her son Mike and wife Bonnie; her daughter Karen; her son Kent and wife Brenda; and her son Keith and wife Roberta; and her sisters Judy Roberts and Clarice Peeler.

Billie's grandchildren include Heidi Mortensen Chris, Erin Manukure Douglas, Sarah Davis Mike Schantz, Nikki Murray Spencer, Rick Davis, Sean Galloway Jessica, Bethany Denham, Vance Davis, Justin Blackford, Carrie Davis, Stephanie Davis, Rebekah Scheffer, Zakary Davis, Jakob Davis, Michael Chalaris, Matthew Chalaris, Adam Davis and daughter-in-law, Jeanne Davis.

Billie's great grandchildren include Kyler Rose, Stephen and Carter Mortensen; Briella Manukure; Piper and Hadley Schantz; Hayden and Audrey Galloway; and Daphne and Hunter Denham.

Billie is preceded in death by her loving husband Norman C. Davis, her eldest son Stephen "Bear" Davis, and two beautiful granddaughters Kelly Galloway and Julianne Davis; along with her parents Jess and Effie Stephens and siblings Bo, Joyce, Faye, and Norma.

The family would like to invite friends of Billie's to a gathering at 3720 Orchard Street, West Richland, WA at 4:00 pm on Saturday, March 15.

We will sure miss you Mom, you passed on your legacy in so many ways. No matter what, when or where… your love was always there.

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  • Mrs. Davis: your kids wrote an absolutely beautiful tribute! Your spirit lives in all of us Bombers, as well. Thank you for sharing your life with us…until we meet again…”hi” to Norm and Steve!

    Kevin Ryan
    November 4, 2014
    Mill, Creek, WA
  • R.I.P aunt Billie. You got married and moved away before I was born. My memories of the time spent with you through out the years were very special.

    Lisa Whitmire
    November 4, 2014
    Cheyenne, WY
  • Loving, caring, sincere, giving, laughter, smiles, family, Arkansas, Hank Williams, NORM, loyal, supportive, shoulder, family, friend, listen, advice, NORM, giggles, moo-moo ?, pie, family, hugs, kisses, holidays, fan, Betty’s mom’s cake, NORM, welcoming, forgiving, affectionate, happy, time, classic, family. “I’m gonna bust you.” Role-model!

    Anne Gerken
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA
  • I was not privileged to be around Aunt Jean much while growing up in Arkansas. But the family came to visit about every 4 years. What I remember the most about her is her insistence on giving me a big hug and kiss. At the time, I was not much into being kissed by old folks. But as my youth passed away, I began to realize what special lady she was. It is difficult to accurately describe her persona. She was just always exuding warmth and love. I will miss you Aunt Jean.

    Al Gore
    November 4, 2014
    Bartlesville, OK
  • I’m so sorry about your mother. I knew her through the SBS quilting group. She was a wonderful special lady and will be dearly missed.

    Anna Marie Nichols
    November 4, 2014
    Baton, Rouge, LA, USA
  • MET BILLIE ON SBS LIST, MISSED HER SO MUCH, OFTEN WONDER WHAT HAPPEN,PRAYERS AND LOVE TO YOU AND YOURS. MARGARET

    MARGARET SHOTSKY
    November 4, 2014
    Ironton, OH, United, States
  • Mrs. Davis: your kids wrote an absolutely beautiful tribute! Your spirit lives in all of us Bombers, as well. Thank you for sharing your life with us…until we meet again…”hi” to Norm and Steve!

    Kevin Ryan
    November 4, 2014
    Mill, Creek, WA
  • R.I.P aunt Billie. You got married and moved away before I was born. My memories of the time spent with you through out the years were very special.

    Lisa Whitmire
    November 4, 2014
    Cheyenne, WY
  • Loving, caring, sincere, giving, laughter, smiles, family, Arkansas, Hank Williams, NORM, loyal, supportive, shoulder, family, friend, listen, advice, NORM, giggles, moo-moo ?, pie, family, hugs, kisses, holidays, fan, Betty’s mom’s cake, NORM, welcoming, forgiving, affectionate, happy, time, classic, family. “I’m gonna bust you.” Role-model!

    Anne Gerken
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA
  • I was not privileged to be around Aunt Jean much while growing up in Arkansas. But the family came to visit about every 4 years. What I remember the most about her is her insistence on giving me a big hug and kiss. At the time, I was not much into being kissed by old folks. But as my youth passed away, I began to realize what special lady she was. It is difficult to accurately describe her persona. She was just always exuding warmth and love. I will miss you Aunt Jean.

    Al Gore
    November 4, 2014
    Bartlesville, OK
  • I’m so sorry about your mother. I knew her through the SBS quilting group. She was a wonderful special lady and will be dearly missed.

    Anna Marie Nichols
    November 4, 2014
    Baton, Rouge, LA, USA
  • MET BILLIE ON SBS LIST, MISSED HER SO MUCH, OFTEN WONDER WHAT HAPPEN,PRAYERS AND LOVE TO YOU AND YOURS. MARGARET

    MARGARET SHOTSKY
    November 4, 2014
    Ironton, OH, United, States
  • I first met Aunt Jean in 1975, the summer I married Allan, when she and the kids visited Aunt Marty and family. Jean’s hair was in a tight, curly perm, and she took a lot of teasing from the family about it. I was impressed with her good-natured response to the all the ribbing she received about her hair. Also, I remember her warmth and friendliness to me, a brand new person to the family. I saw her just a few times through the years,but each time,it was so easy to talk with her and feel close to her. I also remember her love and deep respect for Grandma Davis. Your mom was someone I wanted to be like–her love for her husband, her children, her husband’s family.

    Lynnette Gore
    November 4, 2014
    Bartlesville, OK, USA
  • My deepest sympathy to the Davis family. I have so many wonderful memories of BJ. Always, always so kind and warm and a laugh that made you laugh along with her. What a beautiful family she raised.My prayers and thoughts are with you all.

    Sherry McCulley Shulkin
    November 4, 2014
    Windsor, CA
  • I met Billie Jean through my relationship with Norm he and I share two US patents together. I will always remember her kindness and thoughtfulness. I’m truly saddened by her passing, but I know she and Norm are reunited in a much better place.

    Steve Marschman
    November 4, 2014
    Idaho, Falls, ID, USA
  • Billie and I had many good talks about family and life in general. Billie introduced me to Mary Higgins Clark novels, I can’t put them down! To all the Davis “kids” you’re Mom Grandma left you filled with love! Rest in Peace Billie, you were so loved and will be missed dearly.

    Debbie and Jerry Maiuri
    November 4, 2014
    West, Richland, WA
  • I did not know Billie Jean Davis personally, but she had to have been an incredible lady to have such a wonderful daughter. I am praying for you, Karen. May the Giver of Peace, our wonderful Lord, cover you with His sweetest peace and wrap His arms of comfort around you and hold you close. Blessings to you, Birthday Twin.

    Faith Meyers Adams

    Faith Adams
    November 4, 2014
    Kalispell, MT, USA
  • I would talk with her on the telephone, and she always was pleasant. She would make me laugh so hard I would cry. I will miss her very much. But, knowing she is in heaven with her husband is some comfort. Our condolences to Karen and the others of the family. May God Bless.

    Jim Wade
    November 4, 2014
    Pataskala, OH, United, States, of, America
  • I would like to thank everyone for the outpouring of love and support my family has received with the loss of our mother. She was a beautiful person inside and out and we will miss her dearly. She had a great impact on all of us and we are all better people for having shared a life with her.Her memories will always live in our hearts so we will never be without her. Thank you from the entire Davis family.

    Mike Davis
    November 4, 2014
    WA
  • I have often wondered how she was doing. I met her with the Sunbonnet Sue group on the internet. I met her in person here in St. Louis when she and her son came to visit. She was so sweet. I still have two Boyd bears that she sent me.. They sit on my mantle. I also have some quilt blocks that she did for me. She will be missed…

    Sandy Geisler
    November 4, 2014
    Arnold, MO
  • I met Billie Jean when I joined the Sunbonnet Sue Group. She was such a sweet lady and was a joy to talk to.

    She had a delightful sense of humor and I am so glad she was my friend.

    Sue Martin
    November 4, 2014
    Forest, Park, GA, USA
  • Met Billie Jean through the SBS quilting group on line. We have had a great time sharing patterns, ideas and those swaps were amazing. Billie Jean will be missed by so many who loved her, I know I will.

    Donna Asala
    November 4, 2014
    Evanston, IL, USA
  • I’ll miss you Aunt Jean. I’ll never forget your giggle. You were always such a happy person and full of life.

    Wanda Conway
    November 4, 2014
    Fayetteville, AR, USA