Billie Marie Lepere of San Ramon California, died peacefully in her sleep on Valentines Day, February 14, 2017. She was 88 years old.
Billie was born June 16, 1928 in Stephenville, Texas, then moved with her parents, Tom and Lila Andress and older brother Maurie, to Fresno, CA. She attended schools there, graduating from Fresno High in 1946, then attending Fresno State College.
Billie met Ken Lepere, a handsome young sailor, at a dance, at the Mission Beach Ballroom in San Diego, CA. He swept her off her feet, and after a short engagement, they married. They were happily married for 68 years.
After the Navy, Ken enrolled at Cal Poly, and they began their civilian life living in a section of married student housing called Poly View: a neighborhood of tiny silver trailers. Eventually, they were able to secure student housing in a two bedroom plywood house, in section of married student housing called, Vetville. While Ken was a student, Billie contributed articles to the school's weekly newspaper, El Mustang. Billie was very proud of her "PHT" (Pushing Hubby Through), when Ken finished school.
Billie enjoyed reading and painting, and crafts. She collected an amazing number of recipes that filled files and binders. She was a fantastic cook. She was known for her delicious meals and for serving them "Billie Style" ... all the food ready, and on the table at the same time: hot foods- hot, cold foods -cold; no matter how many were being served.
Through the years Billie volunteered at the Well Baby Clinic (Auburn Wa.) and The Children's Hospital Tea Room (Walnut Creek, CA.) She was a member of the Pleasanton Red Hat Club and was a life member of the Preceptor Theta Xi Sorority.
Together Billie and Ken, raised their three children: Cindy (Charlie) Brown of Merced CA. Steve (Karen) Lepere of Sammamish WA. and Michael (Holly) Lepere of Santa Barbara, CA. They have nine grandchildren: Michelle (Brian), Joe (Amy), Greg (Amber), Andrew, Katherine, Elizabeth, Alexander, Aidan, Audrey. And they have eight great grandchildren: Maddie, Riley, Jake,Spencer, Cooper, Kendall, Tyler, Panacea.
Billie and Ken had the opportunity to travel to many countries. They also enjoyed attending jazz festivals around the state and country.
Billie's quick, dry wit made us laugh, and her quiet demeanor made us cherish her all the more. She will be dearly missed and she will always be our valentine. ❤
The family would like to thank Gentiva Hospice for their tender care and wonderful support. A Memorial service for Billie is pending.