Steamboat Springs resident Billie Carlton died suddenly April 23, 2007, at her residence at the Mountain View Manor senior apartments. She was 81.
Billie was born Dec. 2, 1925, in rural Hamilton County, Texas.
Billie survived a house fire in June 1925 in her mother's womb. Tragically, Billie's only sibling, Mary Ann Moore, was killed in the fire at the age of 8.
Billy grew up in Refugio and Corpus Christi, Texas.
While in Corpus Christi, she survived a hurricane, which blew down the house that she and her mother were in. They crawled to their next-door neighbors who evidently had a better constructed house.
Billie graduated from Refugio High School and shortly thereafter married Robert Leland Carlton. They were married 31 years when "Bob" died. Their early years were spent traveling the country from Wyoming to New York with many stops in between as Bob worked in pipeline construction.
In 1950, they settled in Houston so their only child, Jerry, would not have to change schools every six months.
Billie worked for American General Insurance for 40 years as a computer operator and later as a supervisor in data processing. She truly was on the ground floor of the computer age.
She was an intelligent and successful person in the world of business. More important, she was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Billie loved to fish and travel. She had been to Alaska, Canada and Australia and made numerous trips to Colorado, Washington and Oregon for trout and salmon fishing.
Billie moved to Steamboat in 1999 to be near her son and had many friends in the Steamboat senior community.
Billie was preceded in death by her parents, Grover and Ila Moore; her sister, Mary Ann Moore; and her husband, Bob.
She is survived by her son, Jerry, and his wife, Ramona, of Steamboat Springs; grandson, Darren Leland Carlton, and his wife, Liszandra, of Denver; grandson, Patrick Adam Carlton, and his wife, Julie; and great-great-grandchildren, Michaela, Elijah and Jacob of Washington, Ill.
A memorial service was held May 6, 2007, at the Selbe senior apartments meeting room.