Billie Jane Cunningham, 87, of Galveston, passed away on September 27, 2015. Billie was born on September 30, 1927 in Louisville, Kentucky to Mr. and Mrs. Walter Freeman, Sr. She was a graduate of the University of Kentucky where she majored in English and Journalism. She taught for several years in Middletown, Kentucky, before moving to Galveston, Texas, a place she came to love and call home.
Billie was an avid reader and Lincoln scholar. Her interests included American history and politics. The study of etymology was another of her favorite pastimes and was apparent in her love of writing. Volunteering in political campaigns was one of her deepest passions. She worked tirelessly in the late John Tower’s successful bid for U.S. Senator. A proud member and one time president of the Junior League of Galveston County, she was also president of the Women’s Medical Auxiliary. During her term, they sponsored the Women’s Worry Shop Seminar which featured doctors from the Titus Harris Clinic. This project won a blue ribbon at the state convention and was featured in many presentations on a state and national level.
Billie loved dearly the unique history and artistic culture of Galveston. She immersed herself in working and volunteering in various shops and galleries, and the many local festivals. She had a particular fondness for Dickens on The Strand and Mardi Gras, and working in a craft shop in Galveston’s Strand District owned by her close friend, Marcia Wilcox.
Preceded in passing by her parents; brother Walt Freeman Jr.; beloved sister-in-law Pat Freeman and nephew Tom Freeman, Billie is survived by her daughters Suzanne (Stan) Davis and Cynthia Maree Duffey; son Ray Cunningham; grandchildren Baron Davis, Erin Duffey, Brenden Duffey, Sean Duffey and Samantha Duffey; very dear friend Jessie Nell Mahoney; as well as beloved nieces and nephews.
A private family memorial service was held on Saturday, October 3rd. In accordance with her wishes, Billie’s ashes will be spread over the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Billie Jane was loved by all who knew her and she will be greatly missed.