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Phyllis W. Busby

unknown - September 23, 2011

Mrs. Phyllis W. Busby, age 91 years, of Jefferson City, Mo., passed away Friday, September 23, 2011, at St. Mary's Health Center. Phyllis was born on October 27, 1919, in Sacramento, Calif., to Dr. Chalmers E. and Ann E. Wolf West. She later graduated from Sacramento High School in 1936 and continued her education at the University of California - Chico, majoring in Home Economics and graduated in 1940. With a degree in hand, Phyllis became a teacher of Home Economics in Sonora, Calif. In September of 1942, she married longtime suitor, Douglas R. Busby, a marriage that lasted 53 years and ended only in death of Douglas on September 22, 1995. At the time of their union, Douglas R. Busby was a lieutenant in the Army Air Corps. Through the course of their marriage, Phyllis and five children followed Douglas through 15 states, ranging across the U.S. from Hawaii to New Hampshire. After her husband's retirement from the Air Force, Phyllis and Douglas settled in Warrensburg, Mo., and she continued immersing herself in her various passions. This included volunteering in her community, i.e. Warrensburg Memorial Hospital Thrift Shop, PEO, Rotary International - Paul Harris Fellowship; supporting Missouri Mothers as the chapter President, Float Trips, Bridge Club, friends, and most importantly, family. There wasn't an event that Phyllis didn't attend: sporting events, concerts and recitals, graduations, birthdays, pageants, weddings, and the like. We will remember Phyllis as the epitome of poise, style, and grace. She put her family, community, and country before herself. It is in her memory that we only aspire to emulate her legacy. Survivors include: daughters, Candace R. Titus of Grand Rapids, Mich. and Susan C. Busby of Jefferson City, Mo.; sons, James G. (Laura Dee) Busby of Overland Park, Kan. and William R. (Marilyn) Busby of Lenexa, Kan.; daughter-in-law, Judith Busby of Jefferson City, Mo.; 10 grandchildren, Eric Titus, Keith Titus, Courtney Titus, and Scott (Michelle) Titus, Angelea Busby and Nicholas Busby, Douglas R. (Elisha) Busby III, Brian (Jennie) Busby, Craig (JoAnn) Busby, and Steve Busby; six great- grandchildren, Grace and Jacob Busby, Devin Dirnberger and Olivia Busby, Sophie and Luke Titus; nephew, Chalmers E. West III; niece, Cathy W. Beckstead; special friends, Gaston and Jeanette Dela Torre, DeeDee Flynn; and her dog, Putter. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Col. (Ret.) Douglas R. Busby Sr.; son, Dr. Douglas R. Busby Jr.; son-in-law, Peter Titus; and her brother, Chalmers E. West Jr. Visitation will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, 324 Madison Street, Jefferson City, Mo., from 1:00 until 2:00 p.m., Saturday, October 1, 2011. Immediately following the visitation, a funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, October 1, 2011, at the First Presbyterian Church with the Reverend Dr. Rob Erickson and the Reverend Dr. David Henry officiating. Graveside services and interment will be held at Hawthorn Memorial Gardens. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to Jefferson City Animal Shelter or the charity of the donor's choice. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Freeman Mortuary. www.freemanmortuary.com

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