obit: Daurice Jean "Billie" Troxell Sklar
Austin American-Statesman (TX) - January 1, 1996
Deceased Name: DAURICE JEAN (BILLIE) SKLARMrs. Daurice Jean (Billie) Sklar died unexpectedly Friday, December 29, 1995, after a short illness, just before her 79th birthday. She was unaware that her eldest son Gene died a few days earlier on Christmas day.She is survived by her son, Michael; daughter, Pat Patton; and grandchildren, Shayna Sklar, Staci Sklar, Kelly Patton, Christi Patton, Joy Frazier and Joanna Frazier; as well as by her husband, Victor. She is missed by the rest of her immediate family, Dick Patton, Faye Sklar, brother, Milton and Lee Troxell, brother, Lyndon and Barbara Troxell; sister, Joe Nell and Red Ivey, and Shirley Sklar.She was preceded in death by her brothers, Durwood, Dean and Jennings.She was born in Granger, Texas, and spent some 15 years in Napa, California, before moving to Austin in 1960. After raising her children, Billie took a job at the Austin State School, and for some 17 years she ministered to the students there, as well as to staff. After retiring from that position, she continued until her death to visit the students with cookies and love and attention. Among her many commendations while in that position were those which applauded her innovative and loving approaches to what we knew to be her ministry rather than her job.She was well-loved and honored by children, grandchildren, and others who knew her well or not so well. Her grandchildren insisted on spending part or all of each summer visiting Nana without their parents. So strong were these bonds that none of the grandchildren attended college during the summer, so that they could instead spent time with Nana. Going through her papers and cards from friends and acquaintances over the years provided a wealth of proof that her love and specialness was well recognized and admired.In accordance with her expressed wishes, memorial services included only the immediate family.In lieu of flowers or other display of affection, she would be very pleased for any donations in her name to any charity, particularly one which ministers to retarded citizens or to the homeless.