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SAN ANGELO Billie Jean Bass, 79, of San Angelo, passed away Tuesday, April 15, 2013. Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, April 18, 2014, in Lawnhaven Memorial Gardens mausoleum. Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 17, 2013, at Johnson's Funeral Home. Billie Jean Bass was born in Beaver County, Okla., Oct. 10, 1934. She grew up in the small community of Balko, where she attended school. Billie was the third child of Robert and Wanda Duff. She had one sister, Roberta Sanger; and one brother, Frankie Duff; and was the younger of the three. Billie graduated from Balko High School, May 1953, in a class of 16 friends. After graduation, she moved to Guymon, Okla., with a school friend and classmate, and was employed by GTE in the fall. As time went by, she met and married Roy Joe Bass on April 23, 1954. They lived in several small towns in Oklahoma and Texas while both being employed with GTE and raising kids. Billie and Joe raised four wonderful children: one son, Roger Bass; and three daughters, Karen Alston, Jo Lynn Harrison and Sharon Murphy. Billie was a fine mom and enjoyed life and she loved those children and grandchildren. In 1980, Joe and Billie moved to San Angelo, Texas, where they chose to stay after retirement from GTE. They loved to travel some but also loved living comfortable at their home in San Angelo. Billie is survived by her four children, Roger Dale Bass of San Angelo, Karen Lee Alston and husband Gary of Wheeler, Texas, Jo Lynn Harrison and husband Brett of San Angelo and Sharon Kay Murphy and husband Norman of San Angelo; grandchildren Jason Bass of Lawton, Okla., Dee Alston of Wheeler, Texas, Terrance Harrison, Shawna Murphy and Shannon Murphy of San Angelo; three great-grandchildren, Austin Walters of Guymon, Okla., Tyranny Bass of Lawton, Okla., and Myra Bass of Lawton, Okla.; one niece, Carol Siefkes and husband Dave of Georgetown, Texas; great-nephews Darren Siefkes and Craig Siefkes of Austin, Texas; and nephews Greg Duff of Amarillo, Texas, and Kelly Duff of Spokane, Wash. Billie was preceded in death by her parents, Robert Duff and Wanda Duff Claybrook; her beloved husband, Roy Joe Bass; grandson Taylor Harrison; brother Frankie Duff; and sister Roberta Sanger. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the Shannon ER staff; all the present and past caregivers who watched over and cared for Billie at Park Plaza-Cedar Manor Special Care Unit. Also thanks to Odyssey Hospice of San Angelo. Special thanks also to Harvest Baptist Church for your prayers and Pastor Ron Patterson for his attention during the family's times of need and support. Family and friends my sign the online register book at johnsons-funeralhome.com . Read Obituary
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