BILLYE JEAN BELL,July 24, 1937 to March 3, 2006, passed away after
a nine-year battle with breast cancer. She is survived by husband,
Richard Bean of Houston, TX; daughter Kathryn Gomez-Flaming and her husband
Daryl of Houston, TX; son Keith Hodge of Albuquerque, NM; son Trey
Hodge and his life partner Ellen Alberts of Anchorage, AK; step-daughter
Megan Bean-Harvey and her husband Ben, grandson Sebastian Harvey of
Starkville, MS; brother Corky Bell and his wife Mary, and nieces Stephanie
and Elizabeth of Spring Branch, TX; brother Rod Bell and wife Sue of Tampa,
FL; her 2 Birman cats, Rommel and Rachmaninoff; and lastly, her Arabian
horses Khate and Madona.
Billye's passion throughout her life was
horses. She enjoyed competitive trail riding, horse drill teams, raising
foals and any time spent seeing the world from a saddle.
renowned for her cooking and made the best green chili stew, tacos,
brownies, spare ribs and cinnamon cookies.
She was a graduate of H.H.
Arnold High School in Wiesbaden, Germany and attended Colorado State
After raising her children she graduated as the top student
in her X-Ray Technologist class and continued her education to become a
Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer and earned her Bachelors from
the University of New Mexico.
She traveled throughout East Asia,
Australia, New Zealand, South America and the USA teaching advanced
ultrasound techniques. She also traveled Europe and the Mediterranean in
Billye's smile, humor and love will be missed by her
family, many friends and past students. Billye's ashes will be spread on
her beloved Hill Country ranch in a private ceremony. In lieu of
flowers, she encouraged donations to the Rosebuds Breast Cancer Support
Group, 3316 University, Houston, TX 77005-3354.
Published in Houston Chronicle on Mar. 7, 2006.