Billie Louise Kimble
1941 - 2021
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8/15/1941 - 2/5/2021 Billie (Graham) Kimble was born on August 15th, 1941 in Casper Wyoming to Thomas and Helen (Watts) Graham. During WWII the family moved from Wyoming to Montana, Utah and Washington State while her father operated heavy construction machinery building new air bases. The family moved to Sheridan, Wyoming in 1947 and Billie went to school there through Sheridan College and graduated with an AA degree in 1961. On June 6th, 1961 she married Stewart Kimble, also from Sheridan. Son Max was born in May of 1962 in Laramie, Wyoming where Stew was going to school at the University of Wyoming. After Stew accepted a job in California, the family moved first to Van Nuys and then to Simi Valley where son Barry Kimble was born in October of 1965. In 1965 Stew accepted a job at TRW and they moved for the last time to Harbor City, California. Billie's working life was spent mostly in libraries, she also did some substitute teaching and general office work. She also went back to school at Cal State Dominguez Hills earned a BA degree in Anthropology in 1976 and graduated cum laude. She was a lifelong reader, and her home library had thousands of volumes of every type. She loved historical fiction, murder mysteries, American history, and more. Some of her favorite authors were Agatha Christie, Nevil Shute, Stephen Ambrose, James Michener, Margaret Coel and Ken Follet. She also had an extensive reference collection of dictionaries, atlases, and encyclopedias. She did not need Google. She enjoyed camping with Stew and the boys and later with her friend Rachel. She lived in England for six months while Stew was on assignment and took many cruises and saw the Panama Canal, Hawaii, New Zealand/Australia, and the Alaska Inside Passage. Billie is predeceased by her parents Tom and Helen (Watts) Graham and her husband Stewart. She is survived by son Max (Laura), Grandchildren Callah (Logan Eastwood), Joel (Melissa), Jackson, Lauren (Josh) Davidson, Annika (Christian) Sanchez. Son Barry (Grace Jenson) and sisters Barbara (Alan) Ray of Texas and sister Marcia (Mike) Wyett of Wyoming. Billie will be interred during a private ceremony at Green Hills Memorial Park in San Pedro, CA. A celebration of life will be scheduled once the Covid-19 crisis is over. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute at https://www.dana-farber.org/


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Published in Daily Breeze on Feb. 28, 2021.
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March 2, 2021
Billie’s stories were the best. Her “bread trick” was hysterical. I respected her intelligence, wanderlust and the love she had for family and tradition. May she rest in peace and may her memory be a blessing to all who knew her.
Rebecca Snyder
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February 28, 2021
I lived down the street from Billie in Harbor City. My older brother Henry and Barry where good friends growing up. That is how I met Billie. I was 8.
She was always very kind to me. One day I was walking around the neighborhood and I was not doing so well emotionally. Billie asked me what was wrong? I was a young 17 year old teenager having problems. I ended up spending the whole day and evening talking with her. We also worked on some projects that she was involved with the Woods Homeowners Association.
I am forever grateful for her friendship and caring ear. She told me I was welcome at her home anytime. I would stop by often for coffee, wine and friendship over the years. RIP Billie you will be missed ❤
Anchalee Reeves
Friend
February 28, 2021
I have many fond memories of Billie but one in particular makes me laugh every time. I think it was around Christmas time and Billie was wanting to treat everyone to a holiday dessert feast.
Well, she bragged and bragged about her famous chocolate mousse recipe.
Being the chocolate loving fool I am I couldn’t wait for the grand dessert masterpiece. I had also never had chocolate mousse before so Billie said I was really in for a treat.
Max was my best friend and a few of us really enjoyed hanging out around Stew & Billie’s place. Always good natured and fun to be around those two.
So, as I lurked around smelling that chocolate sensation my taste buds went nuts with anticipation.
Then came the triumphal moment of “pigging out”, which was always my method of indulging in incredible cuisine.
I loaded up on Billie’s Chocolate Mousse with reckless abandon and “chowed down” like never before.
Well, to my astonishment, what smelled so deliciously chocolate tasted nothing like chocolate. To my pallets shocked surprise and my hurl reflexes instant reaction, that chocolate mousse had a secret “Billie” ingredient...
I believe it was vodka
For some reason I’ve never had a desire again for chocolate mousse
I love that memory of you Billie and you’ll always have a special place in my heart and tastebuds
Mike Monroe
Friend
February 28, 2021
Billie was one of a kind. She was always ready to listen to anyone who needed guidance. I will miss her always. She could cheer anyone up by her experiences and just chatting.
Linda kimble
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