Billie Esther Caswell

October 12, 2013 • Obituaries

Caswell-2Caswell-1Billie Esther Caswell, 86, of Roswell, passed away on Thursday, October 10, 2013, at Mission Arch Rest Home. Her beloved husband Ken and dear friends for several years, Jerry and Janice Pruitt were by her side.

Billie was born February 6, 1927, to Crocket and Willie J. Harris in Brownfield, Texas. In 1946, she married Donald Petty Sr. and to this union two sons were born, Donald Jr. and Ernest Petty. In 1964, Billie married Kenneth M. Caswell. They would have been married 49 years this coming Christmas Day. Billie was a member of Tabernacle [auth] Baptist Church. She was a very special lady and will be missed by all.

Billie had been a bookkeeper for Montgomery Ward for many years. Ken and Billie moved to Roswell, from Arlington, Texas, in 1994, where she had pursued her interests. She was an avid artist and especially loved to paint and to work with ceramics. She enjoyed having her coffee, diet coke, chocolate and ice cream.

Billie attended school in O’Donnell, Texas. One of her classmates was actor Dan Blocker “Hoss” on the TV show Bonanza. Billie would do his book reports because he said he was too busy.

We would like to thank some special people at Mission Arch who loved and cared for Billie during her stay at Mission Arch. Billie was a lot of fun and had many wonderful friends.

Billie is survived by her husband Ken; two sons, Donald Petty and his wife Cindy of Bridgeport, TX. and Ernest F. Petty of Wichita, KS, four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Please take a moment to share your thoughts and memories with the family in the online register at

Funeral services for Billie will be held at a later date.

Cremation was under the direction of Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home and Crematory.

God saw she was getting tired,

And a cure was not to be.

Though he put his arm around her

And whispered, come with me,

With tearful eyes we watched her suffer

And watched her fade away.

Although we loved her dearly,

We couldn’t make her stay.

A golden heart stopped beating,

hard working hands at rest.

God broke our hearts to prove to us

He only takes the best.

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