Helen Joan Malloy, known by all as Billie, was born in Brooklyn, New York on June 26, 1931 to Lendward Doyt (Bill) Williams and Helen (Miller) Williams and passed away in Baytown on December 28 surrounded by her loving family.
Billie’s father was a decorated Marine from an Alabama farming family, who while on leave, met and married Billie’s mother, who lived in Brooklyn with her family. When Bill Williams tour of duty was completed, he moved his family including three year old Billie to Pelly, Texas, where he had a brother in the area. Billie’s parents initially ran a fish market in Pelly, before her father got on at Humble Refinery. Bill Williams served as alderman and commissioner for the town of Pelly and was opposed to the consolidation of Pelly into Baytown. Bill Williams died after a short illness, when Billie was fifteen; it was a personal loss to her and a financial burden on the family.
When Billie was seventeen, she met the love of her life, H. M. Malloy, a young man who had recently moved down to Baytown from Goodman, Missouri to be near his older brother and sisters. They married on November 6, 1948 and had a wonderful thirty eight year marriage until H. M.’s passing.
Mrs. Malloy graduated from Robert E. Lee where she was a member of the Honor Society and Brigadiers. She was a devoted member of Central Baptist for over seventy years where she taught pre-school Sunday School for fifty years. Her husband, H. M., followed her to Central where he served as deacon.
Billie was a wonderful stay at home mother for all of her three children until the youngest started school. She then started her work career to help fund her children’s college education. Starting in 1965, she worked for ten years at Lamar Elementary cafeteria. In 1975, she began employment at Lee College business office, where she worked for twenty five years and received recognition as employee of the year. She quit work in 2005, after being diagnosed with breast cancer and fought a thirteen year battle with the disease.
All three of her children graduated from Robert E. Lee, her daughter was also in the Brigadiers, and all three children graduated from Lee College, before moving on to further education.
Billie was a wonderful, selfless, caring, loving woman of faith. She had a green thumb, had a real knack for growing roses, and loved to work in her yard. She was a wonderful cook as well, the love she put in the preparation made it even better. She was a server, who showed her love by sending you roses, cookies, a letter, a card, or a call.
She is survived by her children: James Malloy, Fort Worth; Patti Fitzwater, Baytown; Larry Malloy and his wife, Cindy, Dayton. Grandchildren: Sarah Magill, Houston; Kate Malloy, Kingwood; and Kristi Harrell and her husband Michael Harrell, Crosby. Great Grandchildren: Graham and Connor Harrell, Crosby. Sister: Mildred Dreher, Baytown and Sister in law: Bonnie Malloy, Geneva Smith, Joanne Malloy, and Betty Malloy. She is also survived by many, many nieces and nephews all which she loved dearly.
She was preceded in death by her husband: H. M. Malloy; her parents: Bill Williams and Helen Williams; brothers in law: James Dreher; Ed Malloy; Ralph Malloy and wife Faye; Ernest Malloy and wife Faye; Bill Malloy; Bobby Malloy; and Dwight Malloy; and sisters in law: Lennie (Malloy) Keeling and husband Byron; Ruby (Malloy) Walden and her husband Clyde; Irene (Malloy) Sinclair and her husband Jodie; Louise (Malloy) Davis and husband Harlan; and Betty (Malloy) Parker and her husband Jack.
In lieu of usual remembrances, memorials may be made in the name of Billie Malloy to Central Baptist Church, 1800 King Street, Baytown, TX 77520; or Lee College Foundation, P.O. Box 818; Baytown, TX 77522-0818.
The family would like to send out special thanks to: Their wonderful family members and friends; the wonderful church family at Central Baptist Church; and Dr. Pam Medellin and her staff.
Arrangements are under the direction of Crespo and Jirrels Funeral Home, 6123 Garth Rd., Baytown, TX.
The family will welcome friends from 10 – 11 AM on Friday, January 4, 2019, in the chapel of Crespo and Jirrels funeral home. Billie’s celebration of life will begin at 11 AM followed by her interment at Memory Gardens Cemetery.
Her children rise up and call her blessed.....