Billie Ann Sabala
1936 - 2019
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Beloved BILLIE ANN SABALA, of Honolulu Hawaii, passed away on March 31, 2019 in Las Vegas. She was born to Richard and Rosario A. Sabala on August 23, 1936. Billie Ann was a well-known singer in Hawaii, and traveled extensively with her band, Golden Breed, later becoming an entertainment agent and producer. In 1986, she re-located to Las Vegas, where she met Sifu Steven Baugh, eventually partnering with him, successfully promoting the Lohan School of Shaolin and its Chinese Lion and Dragon dance and Martial Arts demonstrations throughout the Las Vegas strip and community over the next twenty five years. Not only was she a Tai Chi Master who taught 18 classes a week until she turned 75, she was also a strong leader and cultural ambassador representing the Asian and Hawaiian community at events each year for over 25 years. In recognition of her important work, the city of Las Vegas appointed Feb. 5th as Billie Ann Sabala Day. Billie Ann made her transition peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones. She is preceded in death by her daughter, Alison Howland, survived by daughters Beth Becker and Sydney Lau, and son Stephen Howland. She was affectionately known as 'Grammy' and 'Mimi' to her 12 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and lots of hanai grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Celebration of her life will be held Saturday, April 13th, at 4PM, at the Lohan School of Shaolin, 3850 Schiff Drive. Las Vegas, NV 89103.

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Published in Las Vegas Review-Journal on Apr. 13, 2019.
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August 4, 2019
Many fond memories in Hawaii, with our many friends from Chicago.
Marilyn (Sammy) and Alexander White
April 13, 2019
Sabala Family
So sorry to learn of Billie Ann's passing. She was a funny and kind lady to have as a neighbor. She will be missed.
Lenny and Holger
April 13, 2019
RIP Billie. It was good to know you as a neighbor for the past 16 years.
Art Wolf
April 13, 2019
My deepest condolences to the Sabala family. May your prayers comfort you and your treasured memories of Billie comfort you. May the words of Jeremiah 31:13 bring you peace.
D. M.
April 6, 2019
You will be missed by everyone, and a great friend.
Michael Gomez
April 3, 2019
We had a lot of laughs in Guam and Hawaii. Thoughts and prayers to her family.
Joe starrantino
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