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Billie Bernice Galloway

September 22, 1930April 3, 2021

Billie Bernice Galloway, 90, died peacefully in her home surrounded by loved ones on Saturday, April 3, 2021.

Bernice was born to Elvin and Ruby Thompson Sept 22, 1930 in Bellevue, TX and resided in Houston, TX the last 56 years. She is now united with her late husband, James E Galloway of 41 years. She is survived by their two children, Paula Galloway Drapela and Jim Galloway, 5 grandchildren and 13 great- grandchildren.

Bernice loved Jesus Christ wholeheartedly and poured selfless love into everyone she knew. Her family and many friends will miss her dearly. She faithfully served in her church, St. Phillips United Methodist, where a memorial service will be held on April 08, 2021 at 2:00 pm.

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Audra Parrish

April 6, 2021

Portal Street lost a great one Saturday. In the past few weeks the Miller/Parrish families have been reminiscing about "B" and all the fond memories. That's 57 years of memories! Bernice has been such a great friend and neighbor along the away. Since my mom moved in with us, Bernice and my family have had countless meals and wine gatherings outside during the pandemic. If you drove down Portal Street, you were bound to see us sitting outside having a mini block party. She was one of the most independent people I've ever met. Even at 90 years, Bernice didn't miss a beat. The last few weeks have been difficult knowing her long, beautiful life was coming to a close. Thank God for Bernice and the entire Galloway family. Portal Street will never be the same.

Julie Galloway Farrell

April 6, 2021


2/2 Granny was everyone’s granny, not just to her five biological grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. It did not matter if you were a baby or 50 years old, Granny was Granny. She was fun-loving, sweet natured, and you just loved your time with her. The community on her street adored her and always looked after her, adults and children alike.

Granny passed on a quiet Saturday morning, no doubt because she did not want to interrupt the Easter holiday. As she passed, with all of her family gathered around her, she was mouthing I love you.

Granny, you’ve known me all my life, and now that you are gone, I will do my utmost to live as you did: always putting others first, living simply, and enjoying life’s little pleasures. I know you were fiercely proud of me, but I was also fiercely proud of you. You were an Angel amongst us and I will miss you with all of my heart. Thank you for being my Granny, always and forever.

Julie Galloway Farrell

April 6, 2021

1/2 My Granny, Billie Bernice Galloway, passed away this Easter weekend. I’d love to share a bit about her as she was quite a remarkable woman.

Granny was born in 1930 in a rural community in Texas. She graduated high school and went on to business college in Wichita Falls, TX—almost unheard of for women at the time—earning a degree in Secretarial Studies and Bookkeeping. She worked for a furniture business, supporting herself independently before she met and married my Grandpa, an electrical engineer for Texaco and WWII Veteran. When they married, they skipped their wedding reception, too in love to care, and drove straight to their honeymoon.

They eventually settled in Houston and raised a daughter (my beautiful Aunt) and son (my Dad). Granny loved bowling, and as we went through her things (all perfectly organized for our convenience), I realized she was a card-carrying member of the 300 club. Granny would never brag about such things, so I never knew until yesterday. She was also an avid fisherwoman, a talented embroiderer and sewer, and an expert at crossword puzzles. We found several awards honoring her for volunteering in schools and her church; in fact, Granny volunteered there every week until just a couple weeks ago. She lived with a purposeful simplicity that spoke volumes about who she was.

When my Grandpa passed away from cancer complications in the early 1990s (after over 40 years of marriage), Granny soldiered on, continuing to live independently and keep busy by helping others. I should say, Granny’s energy was not like most other granny‘s. When I was a teenager we’d meet at the Houston Galleria to have lunch and go shopping. I would leave those outings exhausted, having barely kept up with her! Granny was there for our sporting events and memorable occasions.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY