Billie Capes Obituary – CA

Billie Louise Capes Billie Louise Capes, 94, a resident of San Bernardino for 50 years, died peacefully in her sleep on the morning of October 11 at Agape Senior in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, where she had lived for the past seven years.

Billie was born on July 26, 1918 in Mount Pleasant, Texas. She was the daughter of Paul Payne and Annie Johnson Payne. She graduated from Athens High School in Athens, Texas in 1936 and received a BA in English from Mary Hardin Baylor College in Belton, Texas in 1940. Billie worked for the United States Department of Defense in Washington, DC during the 1940s and early 1950s. After moving to San Bernardino, California in 1956, she worked as an administrative assistant to the San Bernardino County Treasurer and later as an administrative assistant to the Superintendent of San Bernardino City Schools. Billie moved to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina in 2005. Billie was best known for her mastery of English grammar and for being the best non-Italian cook of Italian food in North America.

She was predeceased by two husbands: Murray R. Peterson and Everett M. Capes, both of San Bernardino. She is survived by her son Paul Peterson, daughter-in-law Pamela J. Peterson and granddaughter Lottie Elizabeth Peterson of Myrtle Beach. She is also survived by her four stepchildren: Chris Capes and his wife Donna of Rialto, California; Carol Capes Key and her husband Luke, also of Rialto; Michael Capes and his wife Sandy of San Bernardino; and Debbie Capes Worthington of Adelanto, California. Billie also leaves behind numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Burial will be in Green Hill Cemetery in Mt. Pleasant, Texas. Memorial gifts may be made to Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 3310 North G Street, San Bernardino, CA 92405-2714, where Billie enjoyed many years of worship and fellowship.

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