R.I.P My Friend Billie Moore
Posted by Deb on 10/6/2019, 1:45 pm
My heart is heavy as I write this post. I know there are scores of you that feel the same. The passing of our city matriarch, as many of us knew her, is a great loss. As I told a friend upon hearing the sad news This is the end of an era Billie Moore has left a hole not only in my heart but in the heart of this city. |
She knew more about Bayou Vista than most of us could ever know She would often share the stories of past city events and the humorous tales of parties, dances, and parades that took place.
She was a courageous, funny, no non-sense lady who always let you know where you stood with her (good or bad) As Mayor of Bayou Vista, she took this city from a small fishing community to The Village of Bayou Vista.. She spent time in Austin helping to get legislation set up for rules & standards for the building of bulkheads in Bayou Vista.
She also served as the President of MUD #12 for several terms and saw us through the amazingly difficult time of IKE.
She was a go-getter who never gave up. If she found a cause she believed in, she was all in to make it a reality. She was often the center of controversy. Believe me it never bothered her, she would lightly say, This too shall pass” and it always did!
I knew her first as a REALTOR who graciously showed us houses . Then as my Broker when I got my real estate license, but most of all I knew her as a mentor, a role-model, a confidant and a friend. Did we always agree. No and she could let you have it like no body's business. I always respected that side of her. She never got mad at you without asking you to learn something from the situation.
Through the years, after she retired from real estate. She & I talked most every day. Real Estate was in her. She helped me through several tough bumps in the road when I first bought her beloved Neptune Properties. Her advice at times was hard but was always honest, genuine and delivered with love.
Once when she was in the hospital, Roy called me and said You better get up here I hurried to her bedside thinking the worst. Roy met me in the hall and said "She is giving the nurses hell" ... She wanted to go home. She was full of piss and vinegar at times. Another trait that endeared her to me.
Billie loved her family with her whole heart and shared that with me often. Roy was her husband (once removed) her companion and her friend. She joked about their crazy relationship in a way that was so loving and light hearted, you could not help but laugh & not miss seeing the precious bond between them.
The last time we spoke on the phone was not that very long ago. She called me in the evening and asked me to come over to her house. I thought something may be wrong so I quickly headed over....When I arrived she was sitting on her deck as the sun was just starting to set. I sat down next to her and we began to reminisce about Bayou Vista, people we knew, the passing of certain friends and of course what was happening at Neptune Properties. We laughed some as we always did and we sang. She had a beautiful voice and we would often sing together at the office. (It was all in jest because I cannot sing...ask anyone) She would start with some old song of days gone by and I would jump in.
There are few people that come into your life who really have an impact on you. Billie Moore was one of those people for me. I will never forget her. She holds a very special place in my heart ... I will love her and the memories we shared forever.
Rest in Peace my Dear Friend you will be missed!