Billie Jo Richards

Billie Jo Richards

Tuesday, October 16th, 1934 - Sunday, July 19th, 2020
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On July 19, 2020 Billie Jo (Parsley) Richards, loving Mother and Grandmother passed away in Dallas, Texas, at the age of 85. Born on October 16, 1934 in Port Arthur, Texas to William (Billy) Parsley and Pauline Pannill, Billie Jo moved to Rio Vista at age 13 and lived with her family on a dairy farm until graduating Valedictorian of her class at Rio Vista High School. On January 30, 1954, Billie Jo married Wallace (Buddy) Richards in Cleburne. They raised 3 daughters together in Burleson and were married until 1986 when Buddy passed away. In 1991, Billie Jo married Bobbie Sims and resided in Granbury until he preceded her in death in 2015.

Billie Jo worked for 47 years at Williamson-Dickies in Fort Worth in Customer Service, Sales and Marketing. Traveling the world was a passion and she especially loved traveling with family or friends to New York City and Jamaica. Billie Jo had a desire for connecting with other strong women and made friends in book clubs, networking groups, an investment club, a western writers group, AA and Alanon, many times a leader and always a loyal member. She considered it a mission to promote women in the business world and was a mentor to many. Forward thinking for her generation, she generously supported many causes such as Planned Parenthood and the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Billie Jo (JoJo) will be remembered for her steadfastness, generosity and cheerfulness. She was a truly authentic person who believed that everything happened for a reason and worked out for the best in the end.

Survived by her daughters and their husbands, Cheryl and Don Harper of Arlington, Kathy and Dale Jensen of Dallas, and Carolyn and Vance Newland of Duncanville. She is also survived by six grandchildren, Callie Klump and husband Jeff of Scottsdale, Arizona, Zachary Newland and wife Suzanne of Evergreen, Colorado, Rachel Perez and husband Beto of Duncanville, Rebecca Newland of Frisco, Anna Jensen of Dallas and Elizabeth Jensen of Dallas; and 5 great grandchildren.

Donations in memory of Billie Jo and her love of reading can be made to the Burleson Public Library at this website.
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Jessica Hall

Posted at 07:20pm
Same as Angela, your laugh was one I will always remember. The memories of going to Jamaica with you momma and Sissy. The time I got lost in the store and was in tears. You came running for me when they paged you. Thanksgiving dinners at your house in Burleson and then Granbury.
I will always appreciate everything you did for me and the kids for so many years.
You are with Momma and Sissy now, y’all can have a lot of dinners together now.
Love you.
Your Niece, Jessica Hall (Benson)

Angela L Gist-Cook

Posted at 03:02pm
Aunt Jo,

I just wanted to let you know how much I am going to miss you. I remember all the good times we spent at your house in Burleson. Those memories are some of the best ones I have of you. Your laugh...I always loved your laugh. It always made me smile to hear you laugh. You were always loving, gentle, kind, and such a joy to be around. I wish I would have done a better job keeping in touch with you when I became an adult. Right now, the one thing that makes me feel better is the fact that you are with Mom now. I know she is so happy to see you, and I am sure you are happy to see Sissy. I love you Aunt Jo.

Your Niece,


Zachary, Suzanne, and Wesley

Posted at 10:40am
Carolyn, Kathy, and Cheryl, Jojo was an incredible woman that we were lucky to have in our lives. Loving her and you during this difficult time..
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Donna Palmer

Posted at 11:01pm
Carolyn and Vance so sorry for the loss of your Mother and Mother-in-law......Thinking of you and your Family.....
Donna Palmer

Jim, Sharon and Bonnie Newland

Posted at 07:34pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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