Billie (Moon) Oxner
Billie Moon Oxner, 91, of Waco, passed away Thursday, January 26, 2017. A graveside service will be at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, January 31, at Waco Memorial Park. Visitation with the family will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Monday, January 30, at OakCrest Funeral Home.
Billie was born May 5, 1925 in Webster, Texas. She grew up in the oil patches of South Texas and Louisiana as the eldest of six children. Her father worked for the Humble Company and the families of employees lived in "camps", near the oil production fields. She always spoke fondly of those days and could remember the names of all of the other "camp" kids she grew up with even in her 91st year. She married Jack Oxner after the War and they settled in to life in Waco, raising three boys, Andy, Greg and Rex. She was a world class fryer of chickens, steaks, locally caught fish, doves and quail. She was famous for her fried oysters, receiving high praise from throughout the neighborhood for this wondrous treat. She made the sweetest tea in town and produced multiple gallons of it every day. Her fresh baked pies were sublime for both eating and throwing, as her young sons once proved after watching too many Three Stooges episodes.
As for work, she had two careers and successfully retired from both. Child rearing/home making was first and foremost and she excelled at it. She received outstanding ratings from her husband and children throughout her years of servitude and retired at the top of her game. After the kids were grown, she turned her talents to working as a Unit Secretary on Ward 4B at Hillcrest Hospital. She loved the work and her coworkers loved her.
Her "Golden Years" were spent in leisure where she enjoyed her church, visiting the Harrison Center, reading, occasional casino visits and Amtrak trips to California. Jack, her husband of 60+ years, died three years ago and at that time she turned-in her skillet and let others do the cooking. Her skills were sorely missed.
Billie had natural instincts as a mother and used her skills not just on her own brood but all of the neighborhood kids knew that a visit to her house would bring hugs, kisses and something good to eat. She once invited all of her son's 1st grade class over for a picnic lunch on her patio where she fed them loads of fried foods, cornbread and sweets while the kids ran around in the large yard and played fetch with the dog.
All of her siblings preceeded her in death; as did her husband, Jack; and her eldest son, Andy. Her son, Greg and grandson, Colton, live in China Spring and her youngest son, Rex and his wife, Karen, live in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Special thanks to the many who visited and spent time with Billie since Jack's death. The good residents and staff at Lake Shore Estates are of special note as is her good pal, Violet Wiechering. Her sister-in-law, Alta Fae Tanner was a tireless caregiver and helped Billie in so many ways with her health issues. But mostly the family is forever in debt to those kids from the neighborhood who stayed in touch with Billie over the years and would make a point of stopping by to check on her or to brighten her day just by calling to say hello.