Billie Jean Ray

September 23, 1935April 5, 2019

Billie Jean Ray had quite the life.

Billie was born September 23, 1935 to William Ted Moore and “Lena” Mary Magelene Cox, in Florence, Texas. The Moore’s were a robust family of five girls: Ruth, Hazel, Billie, Joyce, Dorothy, and followed later by little brother Kenneth. When asked about her fondest childhood memories, she would say, “living in Austin.” In those days it was still a relatively small town. “I loved going to the movies at Paramount Theatre on Congress Avenue (which still stands today) and going to school.”

Billie married Odie Ray, whom she loved dearly, and had her own brood of five: David, Tina, Buster, Donna and Denise. Her children were her pride and joy, and she was happiest when they were all under one roof having traditional family holiday dinners and celebrations.

A lot of history passed through Billie’s lifetime: Several wars, commercial air flights: a man on the moon, and women started taking more control over their lives. They began working outside the home. Many became working single Moms. And eventually Billie was one of them. She started working in an industrial hardware warehouse, and before it was all said and done - she was a supervisor and practically managed that warehouse. A woman boss! Now that was different. She was hard working and guided her children to do the same. They were taught to be self-sufficient and to tackle a problem with common sense.

Later in life she married Jimmy Gardner, a proud Vietnam Vet. They loved to go boot scootin’ and spent many precious years together. They were deeply in love and were always there for one another.

Billie loved to sketch draw and oil paint. She loved decorating and painting her home. Another all-encompassing love was gardening. Her green thumb was the envy of many. She mowed, dug, weeded, snipped, and planted almost daily. In recent years if you called and she hadn’t done one of the above - well you knew it was rainin’ or Billie was not feelin’ up to snuff.

The end of Billie’s life was on her own terms. She was living alone, driving, shopping and enjoying family. She left this world leaving quite the legacy as the matriarch of her family. Through all of life’s trials and tribulations Billie trusted Jesus.

There is no doubt Billie is at peace as she is finally with her Heavenly Father and reunited with those family members who have preceded her in death, especially her beloved children, Donna and David.

Billie’s Legacy consists of: Children: David Ray, Tina Stewart, Odie (Buster) Ray, Donna Ray, Denise & husband Todd Blackwell. Grandchildren: Melanie Ray, Landon Ray, Jacklyn & husband Juan Estrada, Odie Ray III, Jessica & husband Raymon Delgado. Great Grandchildren: Halie Jolly, Juan Jr. & sister Breanna Estrada, Isaiah Delgado.


  • Todd Blackwell, Active
  • Brent Blackwell, Active
  • Alan Ray, Active
  • Gilbert Montes, Active
  • Mike Taylor, Active
  • Raymon Delgado, Active


  • Visitation Thursday, April 11, 2019
  • Graveside Service Thursday, April 11, 2019
  • Reception for Family and Friends Thursday, April 11, 2019

Billie Jean Ray

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Lisa Taylor

April 11, 2019

Tina, Denise, Buster and family,

My prayers for peace are with you all during this difficult time. Billie was a precious soul who loved her children fiercely! We shared a love of gardening and now I know where my need to repaint everything came from!! I loved your sweet mama and am honored to have an aunt full of love, fun, and dedication. Peace be with you all. God speed Billie.

Love, Lisa Sizemore Taylor

Buster ray

April 10, 2019

you will be dearly missed.

Robbie Renfro

April 10, 2019

to the best grandma ever !!!!!

bettie varner

April 10, 2019

Sherrie Thornton

April 9, 2019

Denise is my oldest and dearest friend and my memories of Billie go waaay back, many are fuzzy around the edges and I'm sure I've lost quite a few but what I will never forget is her laugh, the way she loved her family and how she extended that love to so many others. I call myself blessed to be the recipient of her love and grace during my Crazy adolescent years. She leaves a beautiful legacy behind. You will be greatly missed Billie. I love you and look forward to the day We meet again. Rest in Peace.

Nyla Rystad

April 9, 2019

Tina, Denise and Buster,
I will always remember your Mom as a kind and gentle Soul.

LaVerne Ray

April 9, 2019

Billie was an awesome sweet woman I loved this lady.I was privileged to be
kin to her at one time.RIP
Billie Ray.Always in my memories

Laura Barnett

April 9, 2019

Dearest Tina, Denise, Buster and Family... We have shared so many memories throughout a near lifetime of years. Your beautiful Mom has always been such a precious loving woman!!
She holds an incredibly special place in my heart and that of my family as well...You are all like part of the family to me and mine, and we all love you more than words can truly tell!! The strongest memory I have of your Mom is of her steadfast love for all of you. Her heart was so tenderly given to your care. She was a precious Mother through and through. I am so sorry for your sorrow at this time, as nothing can ever take her place in your hearts and lives. Yet you'll all remain a beautiful legacy of her love and prayers here on Earth... and she will always live on in your hearts... nothing can ever change her presence there... I pray as you journey through this veil of tears, that you will know the tender love of the dear Lord Jesus, who she loved so very much. I know how deeply she would want that for you now. Just know that this is only a momentary parting and that she isn't truly gone...but simply gone ahead... and lovingly awaits your glad reunion with her there... So with that hopeful knowing, may you find great comfort now...and feel a lifetime of her love, still holding you somehow... ( Loving you so dearly, with all our hearts...Laura and Family )

Denise Blackwell

April 9, 2019

Mom you are forever in my heart. I miss and love you so very much.

Jessica Delgado

April 8, 2019

Love and miss you so much.