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Betty Jo "BJ" Burgess


1924 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Betty Jo "BJ" Burgess Obituary
MS. BETTY JO "BJ" BURGESS
Ms. Betty Jo "BJ" Burgess of Riverside, California- accountant, musician, amateur pilot, mentor, and friend, died at Riverside University Medical Center on Thursday, November 30, 2017. She was 93 years old.
BJ was born September 4, 1924 and raised by Mike and Beatrice Seibert in Dayton, Ohio. She was a woman who always loved a challenge from a young age. She was accepted to Oberlin College where she received her B.A. degree. From there she moved to Riverside, where she spent the rest of her life working, traveling the world, and playing drums in a jazz band. At the age of 60, she accomplished piloting an airplane solo.
BJ retired from the Riverside County Bar Association as their bookkeeper in 1997, and also served on their Lawyer Referral Service Committee till 2009. She was passionate about her work and her community, as she also volunteered with the Riverside High School Mock Trial Program. Those who knew her would say that she was stubborn, feisty, and always right.
BJ is survived by her daughter Barbara Haley and grandson Terry Johnstone Jr of Jacksonville, Florida; and her great-grandchildren Alexander and Olivia Johnstone of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
At BJ's request, her body will be donated to Loma Linda University School of Medicine for the advancement of science. There will be no memorial service for her per her wishes.
Published in Press-Enterprise on Dec. 3, 2017
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