George, Billie Ruth (Hutchison) passed away peacefully but unexpectedly on Mother's Day, May 11, 2003. She was born at home in Van Zandt County, Texas on September 5, 1932, to Eva and Grover C. Hutchison. Survived by: husband - Bill George, daughters - Molly Sue Junell and husband Steve of Conroe, TX, Jan Lewis and Cathey Costas of Willis, TX, mother - Eva Molly Hutchison, sisters - Patsy and Billy Jack Peace, Judy and Danny Wimberly, Cindy Troglin, brother - Glen Hutchison, grandchildren - Billy Maynard, Bonny Maynard, John and Eden Junell, Jacob Junell and Hunter Junell, great-grandchildren - Nathan and Tyler Tullos and Kyle Junell, step-sons - John George and Willie George and grandchildren - Melissa and Chris George and Whit, Gabriel, Charity and Sally George, special relations - Sylvia Ortiz and Abbey Shewmake. Billie is also survived by numerous aunts, nephews and nieces of whom she was very fond.
An early graduate of Eustace High School, class Valedictorian and Most Beautiful, Billie attended Henderson County JC and TCU. Her business career began in Dallas in the early 1950's. She later became co-owner of Custom Design, Inc. a furniture manufacturer, and continued with the business until 1969. She married Bill George in 1970 and after a brief stint with Grand Prairie I.S.D., moved to Houston in 1972. She went to work for American Hat Co., Inc., which culminated in her purchase of the company in 1984. She owned and operated American Hat for over eighteen years. As one of the only women business owners in the western industry, Billie was truly a pioneer and well-respected businesswoman who loved to work.
The epitome of a self-made woman, as a youth, Billie helped support her family by working at night. As the eldest, she set a wonderful example for her sisters by excelling both academically and athletically throughout her school years. Her strong character and independence made her a woman to be admired not only by her family but by all that knew her. As a mother, Billie wanted nothing but the best for her daughters. She loved their friends and always had an open door. Over the years, she also helped care for a number of rodeo cowboys in need. She was truly a caretaker and took care of her husband through many stages of Alzheimer?s. She also served on the Retired Texas Rangers Board of Directors for several years and included many Rangers among her friends. Billie enjoyed beating the odds whether it was full recoveries from breast cancer, lung cancer, skin cancer, a ruptured brain aneurysm or a keno game or a triple diamond slot machine. She took risks and usually won. She especially loved laughing with her mother, sisters and daughters, reading "Guideposts" and completing her daily crossword puzzle. A versatile woman, Billie could balance a set of books, cut out dresses without a pattern, make incredible pecan pies and fix almost anything.
The family will receive friends from 4:00 until 8:00 PM Wednesday, May 14, at Cashner Funeral Home in Conroe. Services will be held at 10:00 AM Thursday, May 15, in the Cashner Chapel and will be conducted by Dr. Wes. Morgan. While she will be greatly missed, Billie taught those closest to her to be strong and with that knowledge we shall go on.
"We will grieve not, rather find Strength in what remains behind; In the primal sympathy Which having been must ever be."