Billye Lynn Alires, 74, of Lubbock passed away on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 in Lubbock. She was born on September 5, 1945 in Brownfield, Texas. Although born in Brownfield, she was from Tatum, NM where she was raised throughout her childhood. She graduated from Tatum High School in 1963, where she was the very involved in many school activities and organizations. She attended Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, NM where she was elected Freshman Football Queen, and Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX. She had worked as a flight attendant for Braniff Airways. She married Richard Joseph Alires on August 10, 1974 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. They had lived in Albuquerque, NM, Portland, OR, Birmingham, AL, Minneapolis, MN, Leesburg, VA, San Diego and Escondido, CA, and moved to Lubbock in 2012. While in San Diego and Leesburg, she had worked as a teacher’s aide for special needs children. In Escondido she was involved in home decorating and staging homes. She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where she was very active in the church and held different leadership positions and in the communities she served. She loved to sing, travel with her husband, loved her dogs, Penny, Tuxedo, Kacy, and Duffy, and loved her family and grandchildren. Her family remembers her as being very beautiful, caring, loving, spunky, but was strong willed when she needed to be. She developed deep and strong friendships wherever she lived and could relate to people personally.
Billye is survived by her husband, Richard Alires of Lubbock, 2 children, Chris and Amy Spalding of Lubbock and Sheryl McCool of Roswell, NM, daughter in law, Kristi Alires of Los Angeles, CA, 1 sister, Jamie Ann and Brant McClelland of Austin, 4 grandchildren, Mark McCool and fiancée’, Hannah Olvera, and Samuel, Jackson, and Maggie Spalding, and nephew, Chris and Kyna Fisher. She was preceded in death by her parents, Dennis and Anna Laura Denton, and 2 sons, Jeremy and Steven Alires.
Memorials may be sent to the South Plains Food Bank at www.spfb.org.
Family will gather to celebrate her life at 1:00 PM Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at the Venue on Broadway, 2202 Broadway, in Lubbock with Bishop Fernando Bustos speaking. The services will be limited to 70 family members and invited guests. Interment will follow at Peaceful Gardens Memorial Park. Please visit www.combestfamilyfuneralhomes.com for more information and to access the live video stream at the time of the service. A recording of the service will also be available for 90 days after the service on our website.