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Billie Dove (Beaver) Washington

October 28, 1932 ~ May 15, 2018 (age 85)

Billie Washington was born on October 28, 1932, in Dallas, Texas. She transitioned to eternity with her Lord on May 15, 2018, in Grand Prairie, Texas, at age 85. 

After high school graduation, Billie went on to attend various institutions of higher learning, including Bishop College and East Texas State University.  Billie enjoyed a lifelong career in Education. She was an elementary school teacher for many years followed by a college career advisor for the Dallas County Community College District in the late 70's-early 80's. Notably, she established Success Students Learning Center. The purpose of the center was to provide GED classes and career skills training. The organization began to quickly grow from serving 50 people to over 1,000 in a summer. Because of the growth, the name changed to Successful Students Training Institute. 

Affectionately regarded as "Mimi" by her grandchildren, Billie accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior at an early age and attended City Temple Seventh-Day Adventist Church. She delighted in history, religious studies, animals, gardening, and holistic living. She was very proud of her African American and Cherokee Indian heritage. A member of the Black Panther Party, Billie had a passion to relentlessly fight for educational equality and justice for all. 

Strong-willed, smart, feisty, and caring, Billie Washington will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. 

She was predeceased by her parents, Clarence Beaver and Vanilla Brown Beaver; son, Archie Washington, Jr.; and grandson, Chase Anderson. Those left to cherish precious memories include her children: Sheila Guillory, Michael Washington and his wife, Mary, and Lisa Hammonds and her husband, John; grandchildren: Kristen "Dr. G" Guillory, Danielle Guillory Anderson and her husband, Tedashii, Jason Guillory and his wife, Chastity, Michael Washington II and his wife, Rhatisha, Leyton Hammonds, Justin Hammonds, Jonathan Washington, Andranice Washington, Avery Washington, and Tony Washington; great-grandsons: Jaden Anderson, Callen Anderson, Kai Anderson, and Michael Washington III; and a host of other relatives and friends.  

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