Billie Lajean Latham Henry was a loving, caring wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, and friend. She passed away on May 24, 2021, at the age of 85.
Memorial services will be at 2:00 P.M., Friday, June 4, 2021, in the Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Dr. Howard K. Batson officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
She leaves behind her daughter, Melissa Jones; granddaughters, Tracy Myers, Renee Lamb, and Samantha Merten; great-grandchildren, Rylie Wilson, Haylie Wilson, Zack Myers, and Emma Lamb; sister, Rita Kerley; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and close friends.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Dana Merten; husband, Joe Henry; brother, Johnny Latham; and parents, Marcus and Blanche Latham.
Lajean was born in Hockley County, TX, on October 4, 1935, the eldest of Marcus and Blanche Latham. Except for attending college at Texas Tech in Lubbock, TX, and six years living in Moriarty, NM, she and Joe lived in Hereford, Texas until 2008 when they moved to Amarillo, Texas.
She met Joe on a blind date while at Texas Tech and Joe proposed to her in Elwood Park in Amarillo. They were married in Hereford, TX, and were married for 63 years until Joe passed away in October of 2018.
Lajean was active in many things. She had been a realtor, she owned and operated the Pants Cage in Hereford, and once she sold the store, she worked for KPAN radio station in Hereford. She employed many high school students to work at the Pants Cage. She was very active in the church and the community as well. She was an administrator for the Fellowship of Believers Church in Hereford, active in Big Brothers/Sisters, and the Hereford Chamber of Commerce where she was named Woman of the Year.
Her greatest accomplishment was being a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and mentor. She was and always will be greatly loved and will be greatly missed.