Shotts, Billie Robinson Entered into the presence of God and countless loved ones on Wednesday, July 2, at the age of 85. Born March 30, 1929, to Melvin and Jennie Mae Robinson, she grew up in Mansfield and Port Arthur but lived in the Dallas area since the early 1950s. From the late '60s to mid-'90s, she was employed by Buckner Baptist Benevolences, first working with young women who were placing their babies for adoption and then transitioning into matching adoptive parents with precious children. She was involved in over a thousand placements. The latter part of her career focused on post-adoption support groups, many of which she kept in touch with until she became ill in late 2013. Billie was a dedicated servant of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She taught the Rebekah Sunday school class at Grand View Baptist Church in Mesquite for many years, pouring herself into the lives of many dear women. In addition, she sang in the choir, taught Vacation Bible School, actively supported Christian Women's Job Corps, and most recently was involved in the after-school Beach Club ministry at Porter Elementary School. After she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, she made it a point to visit the children to tell them that God was going to be with her through her surgery and recovery. And He was. Her special scripture was Joshua 1:9: "Be strong and courageousfor the Lord your God is with you wherever you go." Billie hosted hundreds of dinners for family and friends, held leadership positions in book clubs, provided counsel to anyone in need, and shared Christ with love and enthusiasm until her last few days. Her final act of service was the donation of her body to UT Southwestern for medical research. Billie is survived by her husband of almost 67 years, Ken; her son, Dan, and his wife, Nancy; her daughter, Jennifer Harp, and her husband, Norris; her grandchildren, Blake Ellis, Zach Ellis, Nathan Shotts and wife Amanda, Jonathan Shotts and wife Lauren, and Amanda Grace Shotts, along with many cousins, nieces, and nephews. A service to celebrate her amazing life will take place at 1:30 PM on Tuesday, July 8, at Grand View Baptist Church in Mesquite, followed by a reception at the church.
Published in Dallas Morning News from July 6 to July 7, 2014