Billie Jean Balagia

September 30, 1931September 8, 2013

Billie Jean Balagia, age 81, of Austin, passed away Sunday, September 8, 2013. She was born in Brownwood, Texas on September 30, 1931.

She graduated from New Braunfels High School and attended the University of Texas at Austin. She worked for the Austin Transit Company and also in Governor Allan Shivers’ office. She was a charter member of St. Christopher Episcopal Church and was a member of the Altar Guild for several years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Stella Jackson; her daughter, Suzan Balagia Kaiser; and her sister, Nelda Jackson Rice.

She is survived by her husband, Edward Balagia; son, Tofie Balagia and wife, June of San Antonio; grandchildren, Fred Kaiser, Jr. and wife, Melissa of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Kyle Kaiser of Estes Park, Colorado, Edward and Hannah Balagia of San Antonio; also, son-in-law, Fred Kaiser, Sr. of San Antonio; and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, September 12, 2013 at Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Funeral Home. Graveside Services will follow at 10:45 a.m. at Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Memorial Park with Reverend John Walters of San Antonio to officiate.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the charity or church of your choice.


  • Visitation Thursday, September 12, 2013
  • Graveside Service Thursday, September 12, 2013

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Doug Divine

September 16, 2013


I spent many after-school hours at your house growing up and I have fond memories of your Mom's hospitality while we listened to music and played basketball (pretty sure you always won!). I am very sorry for your loss and will hold you and your family in my prayers during this difficult time. Please pass my condolences on to your Dad as well.

Karen Taylor

September 12, 2013

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

September 12, 2013


You have my sincere sympathy. Sorry I will not be at the funeral because I had cataract surgery Tuesday and my vision is not good enough for me to drive.
Buck Edwards

John A. Pfluger

September 11, 2013

Brother Balagia: My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I will not be able to attend services, but, I will be there in heart.

LaDell Freudenberg

September 11, 2013

Our deepest sympathy to you Ed and your family on the loss of Billie. She was a very special lady and will be missed my all of us. May God bless and hold you close during this difficult time.
Love LaDell and Gene
Pflugerville Texas

Robert Earl Adams

September 11, 2013

Eddie, I am so sorry for your loss. I had no idea she was ill. I was also very surprised that Susie is no longer with us. I will not be able to attend the services, but my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Robert Earl Adams