Lion Willa Compere, a Charter member of the Spring Branch Bulverde Family Lions Club, is a native Texan, born in “the Valley” in Rio Hondo, TX—a town boasting a population of 1000 plus a few cats and dogs. She attended college in Kingsville where she pursued a Baccalaureate degree in Business. There, she completed a Geography class—a class wherein she not only earned a “B” grade, she also met and later married her husband, Ed Compere; Ed was also a Charter member of the SBBLions.
Jobs in the oil industry and family obligations moved the Compere family to Corpus Christi for 4 months, Oklahoma City for 8 months, after which they settled in Lubbock for 3 years. From there, Ed, Willa, and the family moved to Tulsa where they spent nine years; they uprooted again and settled back in Oklahoma City where they purchased a ranch stocked with cattle and calves. Willa considers those days among the happiest of her life.
After nine years in Oklahoma City, the family was on another occupational move to New Orleans where they stayed for 11 years until Ed’s retirement from Gulf Oil. From there, it was back to Texas—Bulverde where they sold real estate for over thirty years. Lion Willa has one son, two granddaughters, two step-grandsons, and a great granddaughter-in-law.
Lion Willa’s community service includes helping start three Chambers of Commerce; she worked at S.T.A.G.E and the Friends of the Library for several years, and of course, she continues her membership in our SBBLions Family Lions Club.