Billye Dawn (Borutta) Shepherd, 44, of Raleigh, N.C., died at her home Feb. 19, 2009, following a 2-1/2 year battle with cancer. She was born Nov. 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, Ark., during her business career.
She is survived by: her husband of 16 years, David Shepherd, 42, of Raleigh; a daughter, Morgan Shepherd, 8, and a son, Jack Shepherd, 4; her parents, Bill and Diane (Springfield) Borutta of Lake Ozarks, Mo.; sister, Linda Messing of Acworth, Ga.; a brother, Jeff Borutta and wife, Darcey Borutta of Keller, Texas; and a brother, Dan Borutta of The Colony, Texas; three uncles, Donald Springfield and wife Virginia of Thayer, Mo., Robert Springfield and wife Faye of Franklin, Va., and John Springfield and wife Barbara of Canton, Texas; along with a host of other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by: her maternal great-grandparents, L.A. and Essie (Duncan) Crass of Thayer, Mo.; maternal grandparents, Waymon and Una Springfield of Thayer; and paternal grandparents, Herman and Lorraine Borutta of Osage Beach, Mo.
Burial was held Feb. 28 at Rivermonte, Memorial Gardens in Springfield, Mo.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Billye's memory to the American Cancer Society.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Gorman Scharpf Funeral Home of Springfield, Mo.