Billie R Daniels
September 25, 1937 – January 7, 2021
Billie Rose Daniels “Mom” Wills Point Texas Born: September 25, 1937 Wills Point, TX Transitioned: January 7, 2021 Sherman, Texas
Whether you just met her five minutes ago or have known her for decades, chances are you will never forget this humble servant of God.
Born in Wills Point, Texas to Gid and Lydia Shields. Billie Rose Shields was the second of four children. She graduated from Cartwright High School with dreams of becoming an opera singer. Soon after graduation, she met and married Wayman Daniels. To that union, their first child, (Gary Wayne) was born in Dallas, Texas. The couple soon relocated to Denver, Colorado where their family grew to include a daughter (Sandra Lynn) and another son (Steven). Billie had a heart for people and her desire to help others led her to a career in healthcare until her own health challenges forced her to retire early.
For years, she loved and nurtured countless children, many of whom still remember her fondly as “Mom.” Her love for children made her the perfect foster parent. In the 70’s she volunteered with a Denver-based youth organization called Youth Unlimited where she helped counsel young people.
Later in life, Billie would meet Jesus “Tony” Martinez. The couple got married in her parents’ home in Wills Point and settled in Dallas where their house became the neighborhood favorite because kids and adults alike knew they would find a warm hug, welcoming smile, and food for the body and soul. To Mom, all of God’s creations were precious and she treated everyone she came in contact with like family.
After accepting the Lord Jesus Christ, she began to minister and witness to anyone who would listen and even to those who wouldn’t, about the goodness of the Lord. A familiar refrain was “We need to be ready when Jesus comes.” Throughout her life, despite numerous, major health issues, she continued to be a faithful soldier for Christ. She never let her health issues negatively impact her testimony. “God is good, bless the Lord, praise God” were words you would hear her exclaim even in the midst of countless hospital emergency room visits or numerous lengthy stays. She always ended every phone call with “be sweet.” She was a living testimony of God’s goodness and she wanted everyone to know Jesus Christ as their personal Savior.
Words people use to describe Billie Rose Daniels. Sweet, Considerate, Kind, Selfless, God-Fearing, Precious, Patient, Long-Suffering, Beautiful, Encourager, Honest, Spirit-Filled, Christian, Bible Scholar. She is survived by her devoted husband Jesus; sister Shirlene Shields Cook of Beaumont Texas; Brother Edwin G. Shields of Desoto, Texas; three children, Gary and his wife, Sandra; Sandra Lynn and her husband Douglas Umoru; and Steven and his wife Shawanna; seven grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Billie Rose was preceded in death by her parents, Gid and Lydia Shields, and a brother, Charles Davey Shields.
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Billie R Daniels
January 14, 2021
Billie was my sister in Christ and we told everyone we “were” sisters. She was know to my family, children and grandchildren as “Ganny” and no that is not misspelled. Her precious Chihuahua (he was not a dog), was my “grandson! I loved 🥰 them both so much.
We have soooooo many memories but the best were when we were worshipping, praying or talking about our Lord and Savior Jesus!
I’ll share just one memory that lasted 4-1/2 years. We lived together in Anna and fostered 9 children together! When we went to church we took up an entire pew! Many times our heads were bowed in pray asking, seeking and begging for help. Lol 😝 But you know what? He was always there for us and our Lord never left us. Years later, we would look at each and laugh and I would say, “ how on earth did we do it?” And, Billie would say, “it was Jesus, it had to be Jesus or we could not have done it”! Then we would laugh 😂 Lord, I miss her sweet laugh and smile. She was and still is an inspiration to me.
My dear, sweet, sister, I miss you so much but I know you are with Jesus and everything is well.
January 14, 2021
Thanks Sandra for sharing your mom all these years. Ms. Billie was truly a virtuous woman sharing her love and wisdom with anyone who was open to receive.
January 13, 2021
My condolences are with the family. May Billie's lovely memories comfort you.
I am a church member friend of Shirlene Cook
May God Bless & Strengthen You