|Birth: ||Dec. 12, 1920|
|Death: ||Jul. 13, 2004|
San Diego County
December 12, 1920 to July 13, 2004 Billie Louise Parker, resident of San Diego for more than 40 years and passionate fan of the Chargers, Padres, and Lakers, died peacefully on July 13, 2004 at age 83.
Born near Helix, Oregon in 1920, she grew up in the wheat and cattle country of central Washington State. Her father was a teamster who helped build the Grand Coulee Dam and her mother was a schoolteacher who in the 1940s hosted a weekly radio program reading books to children. Named after the heroine in a Western novel by B. M. Bowers, in 1938 Billie Louise was the first woman in her family to attend college, at what is now Washington State University in Pullman.
In 1939 she was elected both Queen of the Ellensburg Rodeo and Miss Washington State. In 1941, Billie married Howard Edward Sires, a naval aviator. Widowed in World War II, she returned to Washington State to complete studies to become a bookkeeper. In 1946 she married Griffith H. Parker Jr., a career Navy man. She was an active member of the Navy Wives Club, and worked for the American Red Cross in the 1950s. She then became Executive Secretary to the President, San Diego City College, where she served from the early 1960s through the 1970s. From the 1980s, she was a devoted member of All Saints Episcopal Church of Christ, and then the Church of Christ the King in Alpine. Throughout her life, Billie was known for her artistry in needlework. She participated in the revival of Hardanger embroidery, which reflects her Scandinavian heritage.
She is survived by her sister, Edna May Sadler of Pasco, Washington. Her children are Charlotte A. Lizarraga of Lima, Peru, Patricia L. Parker of Silver Spring, Maryland, Griffith H. Parker III., of Raytown, Missouri, Juliet L. Somers of San Diego, California, and Stephen J. Parker, of San Diego, California. She was blessed with eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Services will be held at 11 a.m. August 7, at Church of Christ the King, Alpine.
San Diego Union-Tribune, The (CA) - Sunday, August 1, 2004
John Henry Schnebly (1889 - 1967)
Edna Emily Smith Schnebly (1892 - 1971)
Howard Edward Sires (____ - 1946)
Griffith Hilton Parker (1925 - 1991)*
Billie Louise Schnebly Parker (1920 - 2004)
Edna Mae Schnebly Sadler (1922 - 2005)*
Dorsey D. Schnebly (1924 - 1988)*
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery
San Diego County
Plot: SECTION A-C SITE C-897B
Maintained by: IWPP Custodial Account
Originally Created by: International Wargraves ...
Record added: Jul 02, 2011
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