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Billie Jo Franklin Mace Tevebaugh – October 4, 2017

A beautiful Yellow Rose of Texas is now blooming in the Lord’s garden. Billie Jo Franklin Mace Tevebaugh, 97, passed away peacefully on October 4, 2017. Born to John and Ora Franklin on December 31, 1919 in Sweetwater, Texas, she was affectionately known as BJ. Growing up on a farm in Gorman, Texas, she learned the values of hard work, a positive attitude and perseverance, which would earn her admiration for the rest of her life. Only a few years after finishing school at Amarillo Beauty College, Billie Jo opened Lady Faire Beauty Salon and later Sunset Lady Faire which she operated successfully for over 40 years. She loved helping women to be beautiful and she was a favorite at hairdressing competitions as both a competitor and judge. Her employees and customers were as loyal to her as she was to them.
In 1949, she married the love of her life, Clifton E. Mace, in an “impressive ceremony” according to the Amarillo Globe News. They were life-long residents of Amarillo, Texas where they were known for their active community involvement. Cliff passed away in 1974.
Although a hard worker, she always had time for family and friends and she enjoyed a wide social circle. Billie Jo was the consummate hostess whether celebrating family events, hosting a simple fish fry, or organizing elegant formal parties. Known for her gracious hospitality, endless generosity and flawless good taste, she always had a kind word for everyone and no one left her home without enjoying a meal first.
In 1981, she married Robert Tevebaugh and moved to Lake Tanglewood where she was again known for her philanthropy and community activities. Billie Jo was an active member of the Lake Tanglewood Community Church. As a lifelong member of the Church of Christ, she loved the Lord and recognized His goodness in people of all faiths. A gentle spirit, Billie Jo loved all animals and delighted in the company of a furry friend. She was a talented artist and dollmaker and she collected stamps and coins.
Billie Jo was preceded in death by husbands Cliff Mace and Bob Tevebaugh, her brothers Wesley Franklin, Elmo Franklin and James Wilson.
She is survived by stepdaughters Madge Mace Berry and Carolyn Tevebaugh; stepson Robert Tevebaugh; grandson Michael Mace Berry and wife Lori; great-granddaughters Madeleine and Catherine. She is also survived by nieces Beverly Franklin, Becky Hassebrook, Melinda Hooper, Jennifer Mayschak and nephew Jim Wilson. She will be dearly missed by family and friends.
Services will be held Friday, October 6, 2017, at Church of Christ at The Colonies, with Dick Marcear, minister, presiding. Viewing will be from 9:00am-10:00am, with services starting at 10:00am. Burial will be in Llano Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
“Nothing that is loved is ever lost, no one who has ever touched a heart can really pass away because some beauty lingers on in each memory of which they’ve been a part.”  Author Unknown
A very special thank you to Dr.Susan Neese for her kindness and compassion. Also our heartfelt appreciation to her faithful caregivers Yolanda, Elisa , Lisa, Norma, Mary Ann and Annette.
Memorials may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8517; or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas PL, Memphis, Tennessee 38105.


  • Merlene Fritts Posted October 5, 2017 3:10 pm

    BJ was a beautiful lady. Enjoyed our time together when I took her to church at The Colonies.
    God Bless all during this time
    Merlene Fritts

  • Bobby and Bunni Garcia Posted October 5, 2017 7:56 pm

    Billie will b missed. she was a great neighbor, and made us feel welcome when we moved onto the block. We will miss her greatly, she was such a light in our lives. Will miss her coming by to see our flowers blooming, and taking her flowers fresh picked from the garden.

  • Teresa Middleton Griffin Posted October 6, 2017 12:11 pm

    Billie Jo was a very special lady to us & so many others. She will be greatly missed. Thankful to have so many memories with her. Surprising her for her birthday last year will always be a wonderful memory.

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