Billie Ratliff Staggs, 89, of Port Arthur, Texas, died Wednesday, April 11, 2018, after a long illness.

Billie Ratliff Staggs, 89, of Port Arthur, Texas, died Wednesday, April 11, 2018, after a long illness.

She was born May 3, 1928, to Emily Joplin Ratliff and Percy Ratliff in Lovejoy, Texas. She was a long-time resident of Shawnee until 2013 when she moved to Port Arthur.

Survivors include her daughters Sherry Hightower of LaBelle, Texas; daughter Kim Thibodeaux and her husband Jeffrey of Port Arthur, and adoptive daughter Shirlene James of Houston, Texas; grandchildren: Jessie Denegal and her husband Richard of Dripping Springs, Texas; Katie Noeller of Houston, Lacey Noeller of Mobile, Alabama, Taylor Whisneant and her husband Jason of Bridge City, Texas, Reagan Thibodeaux and his wife Wendy of Nederland, Texas; great-grandchildren Milon Denegal, Sarah and Anaiah Noeller, Jade and Jasmine Newland, and Myla Thibodeaux.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband James R Staggs, and son Keith Wilkinson.

A private committal was held by the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Animal Rescue Center of Shawnee, 1530 N. Harrison, Box 135, Shawnee, OK 74804 as Billie was a friend to all four-legged animals.