Billie Jean Martin Billie, age 54, of Inglewood California, was born April 29 1959 in Torrance. She earned her Angel wings on October 02, 2013 in the arms of her Momma Jane, Brother Fred, Sisters Carol and Brenda after a three year battle with health issues. Born to Jane B. (Yarbrough) Martin and John W Martin, she was 1 of 10 siblings. She graduated from Lennox High School in Lennox, California then went on to attend VCR repair training school in Los Angeles California. Billie started her employment at about 12 years of age selling mistletoe, mowing lawns, painting houses, fixing bikes and running errands for all her neighbors. She worked for Martin Construction (her father's company) in Inglewood California, Pup N Taco in Lennox California where she worked her way up to management; she worked as day labor as extras on movie sets; she worked for Informer Electronics where she was a Parts pickup driver; worked for an archaeologist as a sand sifter in Westchester, California; for Dirt Buster with Angela; and as a bartender for El Capitan in Hawthorne California. Billie lived in Inglewood, Westchester, Redondo Beach, Hawthorne, Manhattan Beach, Lawndale, and Torrance California all her life. She loved all sports, especially softball; she loved to sing karaoke; camping and fishing; going to the park to feed the ducks; ping pong; and tennis. Some of her greatest enjoyments were betting with her dad on ball bames, being a prankster, and entertaining all the kids. Billie volunteered her time helping at the convalescent home in Hawthorne, at the Gay Pride Parade, at at the food pantry at her Church. She belonged to the South Bay Bottle Club. She was disappointed that other gays were not accepted by their families and friends with open arms as she was, so she would take them under her wing. She was also disappointed that she could not feed the world and all the critters in the world. She was always trying to find homes for the homeless animals and give someone her coat to keep them warm. Billie wanted everyone to be fed, be warm, and be laughing. She prided herself in taking care of all her family and making them laugh. Billie is survived by her mother Jane B, (Yarbrough) Martin of Inglewood, California; best friend and love of her life Gail Fadina; brother John W. Depietro (Kat) MA; sister, Lee C. Koesema (John) MI/FL; brother John J Luck (Rhonda) NV; sister, Verna J. Poole (Bob) AZ; Patricia J. Skelton (John) CA; Brenda L. Luck Duncan (Gene) CA; sister, Carol A. Buskeness (Rodney) CA; brother Alfred Martin (Sherry) CA; Randy and Gina; nephews and nieces Bunny, Johnny, Christopher, Jeremy, Jason, Terri, Robert, Tonya, JJ, Sara, Cindy, Lori, Katie, Joseph, Jay, Liz, Paula, Joanne, Tracy, Miguel, Tim, Casie, Tony, Joanna, Mike, Sammy, Steve, Matt, Kathy, AJ, Cristina, Josh, Shane, Emma, Anita, Austin, Wiley, Vanessa, Jayden, Drake, Kane, Samantha, Mason, Trenton, Zoey, Stephanie, Daniel, Denise, Jason, Sharon, Jesse, Brandon; and many honorary nephews and nieces. She was loved by many and will be missed by all. She was predeceased by her father John W Martin in 2009; grandparents, Anna Kilborn (Dayton) Martin in 1992; Alfred Charles Martin in 1972; Ilda Mae (Nalley) Yarbrough in 1994; and Claude Chesley Yarbrough in 1971; sister Linda Luck in 1949; niece Christina C. Luck in 1973; and her babies Fro Fro (her dog) and Bud Boy (her cat) in 2009. Her pallbearers are her nephews: Gerald Garza, Timothy Buskeness, Austin Hill, Tony Buskeness, Steven Martin and Mathew Martin. A memorial donation suggestion in lieu of flowers would be to donate to the Human Rights Campaign Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Equal Rights ( LGBT), Alcoholics Anonymous, and no kill animal shelters. A quotation of Billie's: "Do you Believe?" Three words that sum up the life of Billie: "There for Others." Special Thank You to Gail Fadina, Tony Buskeness, William H Carroll, Virginia Lee Canada, and Genevieve Fidalgo for being there for Momma. I'M FREE - Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free I'm following the path God has chosen for me. I took His hand when I heard him call; I turned my back and left it all. I could not stay another day, To laugh, to love, to work or play. Tasks left undone must stay that way; I've now found peace at the end of day. If my parting has left a void, Then fill it with remembered joys. A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss; Oh yes, these things, I too will miss. Be not burdened with times of sorrow Look for the sunshine of tomorrow. My life's been full, I savored much; Good friends, good times, a loved ones touch. Perhaps my time seems all to brief; Don't lengthen your pain with undue grief. Lift up your heart and peace to thee, God wanted me now-He set me free Author: Shannon Lee Moseleye

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  1. Biilie you will be missed, I’ll never forget the night I ran into you we spoke and you quickly ran to the pay phone and called Tracy so I could talk to her 🙂 Rest In Paradise â„¢

  2. Sorry for our loss, Billie was a kind heart’d person who always tried to help everyone we lost a big piece of the family and a friend.
    Billie is now a Guardian Angel to all of us may she rest in peace.

    Love Bill Carroll

  3. Billie, our hearts are broken forever,

    People tell us that in time the pieces will eventually come back together,
    If this is true, though hard to believe now, there will always be a space, The piece to which has your name on its place. Tears have been falling now for so long,
    When we think of your beautiful face it all seems so wrong You had so much to look forward to and so much left to do But God needed somebody in heaven who is as special as you. Nothing is the same now and we doubt it ever will be You have been released from pain and suffering, you have been set free.
    Your story has touched people, all ages, near and afar
    On the night you were taken from us, in the sky was a lone twinkling star. Was that you to tell us that you had reached home now?
    And from life as we knew it, it was time for you to take your final bow. We miss your voice, your infectious laugh and hearing you sing. Fashion you loved and now you have new accessories a pair of Angel€™s wings.
    The world has lost a wonderful girl, a true and amazing friend. But maybe her goodness was needed to help and from heaven she needed to send.
    Billie you are always around us, engulfing us with your love Giving us strength, keeping us close and watching over us from above.

    I Love you Baby til we meet again…………..”WE GOT YA”

  4. Oh.billie I can’t believe your not here to pull in my driveway and come in with food for the kids or to take them to the beach or to go see Christmas lights or any of the things we use to do that ment so much to us like driving me over the st Thomas bridge so I could scream when I was stressed you thought I was crazy but you laughed the hole time I said it was Cheeper than therapy and everytime I ask you. Took me or to take the kids to feed the ducks at the park you were always doing something for everyone else and it would make you happy just to watch .i remember on valentines day we got balloons and spent the hole day delivering them all over la to our loved ones and I rember on Christmas you would give small gifts to people in the hospital one Christmas recently you ask your neighbor what Santa brang and she said nothing you felt so bad you. Called your church and in a hour they had presents and food .once on Halloween we came by and you were handing out cough drops and I ask why and you said after all. That candy and being out in. The cold they were going to catch a cold .

  5. I can still hear your laugh in my head and feel it in my heart.

    My memories of you are all fond ones, Billie. The Billie that was always ready to make people smile and laugh… the Billie who could sense when something was wrong with those around her and do whatever was in her power to fix it.

    The world lost a truly caring and compassionate person last week. My tribute to your memory is to put forth care and compassion, both out towards the world and in towards myself.

    I will miss you very much, Aunt Billie.

  6. Billie you will be missed you were there when my father pass . You will always be in my Heart Love Renee Underhill

  7. Aunt Billie,
    I love you so very much and you will be missed by so many. The memories I have with you will forever be cherished. I know you are happy up in heaven with grandpa and uncle Harlan. Give them hugs and kisses till I can get there to give you all my love. Ill say rest in peace but I know you are at peace. I love you so much.

  8. Billie, I miss you so much! Know that you are loved and missed very much! Also know Billie that I understand. I miss your smile and when you would be in Rod & Carols kitchen and when the guys were standing in the kitchen with us and they would all keep guard of there jewels I know that a lot of you know what I am talking about I just remember how much fun & laughter we had when she would do that. We miss you Billie very much! Give Daddy & Harlan hugs and kisses from us. We will all be there one day until then We Love & Miss You!
    Love You!

  9. Billie, You are so greatly going to be missed by all of us, You were a great family friend who was always there to help. We will always love and miss you. Love always Tracy, Brittney And all my Family, I know you are up there hanging out with my Mom 🙂

  10. To my lovely friend Billie. You are remembered in my mind as a fun, loving, giving spirit. I remember the first day you came to my home, it was before Christmas and you asked me to design some envelopes for you. You said draw some Christmas candy canes and holly any Christmas design you want in the corners of each envelope.. So I did, you came to pick them up and needed two more, so I drew two more for you. I think you paid me 5 bucks for 12 of them. To this day i don’t know who got them and always wonder. I remember that smile you always had, It made me smile back and thinking whats the joke!!! From that day on I started to design many envelopes had them copyrighted too, and still have some safely put away. Every time I see a design envelope I think of you, it was you whom lead me to draw on an item other then just a plain piece of paper. I come to see you every now and then after work to say hi to you and talk. I will keep visiting as you calm my soul and give me peace. You are deeply missed by me my dear friend. believe!!!

  11. I was thinking about Billie and Dennis Martin and the El Capatain bar today ( May 27, 2020). Just notice that Billie past away. That is really sad. She was so full of energy. She was so fun. I worked at Hughes and would go to the bar and her home to drink and have barbecues. I will miss her very much and wish her family and friends the best. She will always be remembered.

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