Billye Lee Elder

VALENTINE - Billye Lee Elder of El Paso and Valentine died at her home in Valentine Jan. 9, 2015, in the very house where she was born. She was 95. The oldest daughter of Howard Laben Bell of Valentine and Annie Laura Lee of Odessa, she was born on April 10, 1919, and raised in Valentine. Her dad was the only Jeff Davis County Judge to ever serve from Valentine. She graduated with a bachelor's degree of science in physical education from Mary Hardin Baylor College, Belton in 1940. Upon graduation she began teaching physical education in the Valentine public schools before marrying Hal Elder from Bogota in 1942. After moving to El Paso, she spent 38 years with the El Paso Independent School District as a physical education teacher and coach, which also included special education for students in need. She was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award in May 1981. She loved to travel, meet new 
friends, and readily accepted whatever life brought her. She was well known and respected as a mother and friend to all who walked through her door. Her profound patience and attention to the needs of others was exceeded only by her intense devotion to her family. She will be sincerely missed by all those blessed to have known her. She is survived by her three sons, the artist Harold Boyd Elder of  Valentine, Kenneth Mack Elder of Ruidoso, New Mexico, and Howard Stanton Elder of Valentine; three grandchildren, Flaunn Jameison of Kona, Hawaii, Shaula Elder of Austin and Soren Elder Thompson of Ruidoso, NM; and two great-grandsons, Lakota and Rhyder Jameison of Kona, Hawaii. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hal Elder. Due to the distance many people would have to travel, a memorial service in her honor will be announced in the near future.
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