Billy Jean White (Gustafson), 79, of Vernal, Utah, formally of Farmington, passed away at home on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, in Vernal, Utah, with her loved ones by her side. She was born Feb. 5, 1935, in Gatesville, Texas, on Corel Creek underneath a mulberry bush, to William and Sybil Dossey. At the age of nine years old she was placed in the Cumberland Presbyterian Children's home in Denton, Texas, until she reached the age of 16, at which time she was reunited with her Mother in Cortez, Colo. Billy Jean spent most of her adult life in the Farmington/Aztec area; where she was employed by San Juan Regional Medical Center, and moved on to farming and gardening which she really enjoyed. Later she was a cook in various restaurants up until the time her health declined.
Her hobbies include quilting, gardening, camping, fishing and picnicking with her family.
Billy Jean was preceded in death by her parents; brother William Dossey; sister Wilma Emert; son, Sammy Gustafson; and grandsons, Johnathan and Frank.
She is survived by her children, Linda Gustafson of Farmington, David Gustafson (Marti) of Hamilton, Texas, Hilma Garner (Lonnie) of Phoenix, Ariz., Leslie Shafer (John) of Vernal, Utah; brother Leslie Dossey (Jane) of Tennessee; 14 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren.
A graveside service will be at 1 p.m. on Monday, March 10, in Memory Gardens Cemetery, 6917 East Main St. in Farmington.
We wish to express our gratitude and appreciation to Good Shepard Home Care and Hospice. "Words alone are not enough to thank each of you for the loving care and compassion shown to our beloved Mother. We could not ask for a more compassionate group of people. May God bless you as you continue to care for people in need."
Thank you for the cards, phone calls, visits, food, flowers and prayers. We express our love and thanks to you for attending the viewing and or services for our beloved Mother.
Funeral services have been entrusted to the care of Blackburn Vernal Mortuary, 15 East 100 North, Vernal, Utah 84078, 435-789-2611.