Austin - Billie Jean Kerr Mitchell (Jean) of Austin passed away on May 8, 2021 in Round Rock, Texas at the age of 92. Jean was born on September 13, 1928, in Dallas, Texas, to Ellen Douglas Moffett and J.D. Kerr. She grew up with her two younger sisters, Dorothy and Patsy, and attended Highland Park High School in Dallas.
In 1944, Jean married B.C. Hilton and they had a son, Richard Alan. In 1948, Jean married Byron Timmins Mitchell (Tim), and they had six sons: Timothy Bruce, Charles Andrew, Paul Matthew, Jeffery Edward, Joseph Anthony, and Michael Stafford. She is now reunited with Tim, Bruce, Joseph, Dorothy, and her great granddaughter, Madison. She is survived by Patsy, Richard (Susie), Charles (Julie), Paul, Jeffrey (Rhonda), Michael (Joanna) and their families.
Throughout her long and productive life, she was a strong and compassionate matriarch who held a deep commitment to family and community service. She loved nothing more than spoiling her 15 grandchildren: Beky, Randy, Tamara, Patrick, Ellen, Zac, Bethany, Lauren, Erin, Rose, Sarah, Mackenzie, Aubrey, Alexa, and Billie Jo; her 12 great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren, and her nieces and nephews. They will always remember the countless sleepovers, pool parties, garage sale and shopping trips, her attendance at recitals/performances/school events, and her 'Grandma shakes.' Jean made the holidays extra special for her large and extended family—decorating, cooking, and hosting Thanksgiving and Christmas, and dressing up on Halloween for her grandkids.
Jean deeply loved her family and friends and never met a person she didn't like. She loved and was loved by many. Her wide-reaching generosity, contagious positivity, and tireless energy will resonate throughout the community for years to come. When she wasn't spending time with family, Jean was volunteering at one of many places in Austin including Holy Cross Hospital, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Seton Northwest Hospital, and Saint Albert the Great Catholic Church where she served on a number of committees focused on aiding those in need. In her rare spare time, Jean loved fishing and watching football—particularly the Cowboys and the Longhorns. She was also very fond of butterflies and her beloved Texas bluebonnets.
Jean's love and legacy will live on for generations and she will be sorely missed by her family and many friends.
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Published in Austin American-Statesman from May 10 to May 16, 2021.