Billie Jeanette Dustin - March 29, 2011
Billie Jeanette ‘Jean’ (Neville) Dustin, age 75, of Bellingham, Wash., passed away on March 29, 2011. She died surrounded by her son, her good friend Carl, and the loving and caring staff of the Whatcom Hospice of Bellingham.
Jean was born on Jan. 24, 1936, in Lincoln, Nebr., to James ‘Jack’ J. Neville and Agnes Neville (Nehe). She is survived by her children, Denise Larkin, and Drew Dustin; her grandchildren, Heather and Nicholas Scholten; her great granddaughter, Roxxi Rose Snow; and by her sisters: Barbara Peterson, Lynn Berg, and Jackie Vontz.
Jean was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Ross Dustin.
The family lived in Wauneta where they operated Jack’s Drive-In. Jean attended the Wauneta Schools and graduated with the Class of 1955.
Jean worked at W. T. Grant and Company, was an elementary school teacher, a mother and homemaker, and a volunteer at The American Museum of Radio and Electricity.
Jean said, “If anyone asks how I want to be remembered, please say the following about me: a great smile, persistent survivor and tried her best with all the knowledge she was aware of.”
The philosophy of simplicity in her life kept her focused on people rather than things. She believed “there’s more than just this time. It won’t end here. To me life is a condition of cognitive and visual appreciation. When I no longer enjoy friends and family, crosswords, politics, humor, vanilla, cinnamon, blueberry smoothies, tastes and smells of good food, smiles, bright colors, cozy teddy bears, hugs, kisses, or good literature, I no longer consider this ‘shell’ of organs ‘to be alive,’ I no longer wish to ‘exist’.’’
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Whatcom Hospice, 2806 Douglas, Bellingham, WA 98225.
Jean’s memorial will be held at the place she loved to teach and volunteer, The American Museum of Radio and Electricity. The date and time of the memorial have not been determined at this time.
She will be greatly missed by her family, friends, and all the lives she has touched along the way.