Billye Dawn Shepherd, 44, of Raleigh, NC, died peacefully at her home on Thursday, February 19, 2009, following a courageous 2-1/2 year battle with cancer.
Billye lived her life with a passion for others. Her true calling was being a devoted wife and dedicated mother to her two children. She never met a stranger, and had the unique ability to be a genuine friend. Whether it was a family celebration, a charity event, or a school party, she was always a gracious hostess. Even during her illness, Billye was focused on making everyone around her comfortable as they traveled to spend time with her and her family. Her ever present energy and ability to "brighten a room" will truly be missed, but never forgotten.
Billye is survived by her husband of 16 years, David Shepherd, 42, of Raleigh; daughter, Morgan Shepherd, 8, and son, Jack Shepherd, 4. Additional survivors include her parents, Bill and Diane Borutta of Lake Ozark, MO; sister, Linda Messing of Acworth, GA; brother, Jeff Borutta and wife, Darcy Borutta of Keller, TX; brother, Dan Borutta of The Colony, TX.; mother-in-law, Carol Shepherd of Broken Arrow, OK; father-in-law, Ron Shepherd and wife, Geralyn Mason Shepherd of Springfield, MO; brother-in-law, Greg Shepherd and wife, Felicia Shepherd of Olive Branch, MS; sisters-in-law, Jennifer Keller (Shepherd) and husband, Jason Keller of Skiatook, OK; Angela Birmingham (Shepherd) and husband, Brian Birmingham of Springfield, MO; and Lindsay Shepherd of Tulsa, OK. Billye is also survived by a host of uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces and cousins.
Billye was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Waymon and Una Springfield of Thayer, MO; paternal grandparents, Herman and Lorraine Borutta of Osage Beach, MO.
Billye was born on November 22, 1964 in Springfield, MO. She graduated from Hallsville (Mo.) High School in 1983. Billye earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Arkansas - Little Rock in 1995. Billye worked as Senior Vice President for Lenders Mortgage in Pine Bluff and Hot Springs, AR during her business career. She spent the last five years at home raising her children.
A visitation will be held Friday, February 27, at Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home in Springfield, MO beginning at 6:00 p.m. with a service following at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be held on Saturday, February 28, at 10:00 a.m. at Rivermonte Memorial Gardens in Springfield, MO. Following the burial, there will be a reception at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Hall in Springfield, MO.
A visitation and funeral mass were held earlier in Cary, NC.
Acknowledgment goes to David's employer, International Paper, for the company's incredible support for the entire family throughout Billye's illness.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Billye's memory to the American Cancer Society.
Condolences may be sent to the family at "http://www.brownwynne.com"