Betty Jo Budlong died peacefully at her home (11/14/17) after struggling with a series of health issues that she handled with her characteristic stoicism. She was born 3/26/27 to George Mason Kirby and Virgie Mae Williams in Dexter, Texas where her family raised cattle. Throughout life, her love for the land was unswerving. Even in her 70's, she was known to mow a pasture or repair a fence. Betty graduated from Gainesville High School. Married to Gerald Edward Budlong, they raised two children, Garth Robert Budlong and Peggy Karen Budlong Simpson. Betty finished her college degree and began teaching in the late '60's for Denton ISD, where she worked for more than three decades, mostly at Frank Borman Elementary in 5th grade. She was active in Denton Bible Church. Betty participated in many activities and trips sponsored by the Denton Senior Center, which she greatly missed in her last few months. Betty is survived by her children, 5 grandchildren, and 11 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and her great granddaughter, Ruth Karen Brown. Betty was completely devoted to her three great grandsons in Denton, meeting them every day after school, carting them to many activities, and making thousands of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Plus, the other 8 greats loved their visits with "Nanny."
As per her wishes, a small graveside service in Whitesboro will be held at a later date. The family would like to extend their thanks to the medical staff who have cared for her for many years, the caretakers at the Renaissance Care Center, Whitesboro Pilot Point Home Health, and Faith Presbyterian Hospice. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials in her name and Ruth Karen Brown's to:
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Published on November 17, 2017