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Billie Jo Dunagan

  • Birth 5 Feb 1941 Bisbee, Cochise County, Arizona, USA
  • Death 23 Jan 2007 Animas, Hidalgo County, New Mexico, USA
  • Burial Animas, Hidalgo County, New Mexico, USA
  • Memorial ID 17694661

Billie Jo Dunagan passed away Tuesday January 23, 2007 in her home south of Animas. She fought a battle with Diabetes for about 25 years and was forced to undergo dialysis three days a week for the past 16 months. Her heart could not keep up with the battle and she died peacefully in her favorite chair at home surrounded by family members and her husband of more than 48 years. It is her request that she be cremated and then placed in the coffin with her husband when he passes.
A pot-luck memorial service will be held Sunday January 28 at 11 o'clock in the morning at the Animas Community Center. There will be no graveside service or burial. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the American Kidney Fund; Suite 1010, 6110 Executive Blvd.; Rockville, MD 20852 in her memory.

Billie was born in Lowell, AZ on February 5, 1941 to Elizabeth Rucastle and Joseph Moore. Her father passed away when she was two years old and her mother when she was ten. She and her half-sister were raised by her grandmother and her Aunt Mary Price in the southeast corner of Arizona. She met and married her husband David Dunagan in 1958 and they moved to the Needmore Ranch south of Animas. They raised 5 children, Doddie, Mona, Charles, Clint, and Buster. Billie worked beside her husband on the ranch and for many years operated the Dunagan Bakery in Animas.
Billie was preceded in death by three of her children, Charles Dunagan, Buster Dunagan, and Doddie Conover. She will eventually find her final resting place in the Middle Animas Cemetery with them and her husband.

Survivors include: husband David Dunagan, her two remaining children Clint and Mona, her sister Esther McConeghy, Aunt Mary and numerous cousins and in laws. She also leaves behind 16 grandchildren and 4 great grandbabies.

Entrusted to the care of Baca's Funeral Chapels and Mimbres Crematory in Deming.


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  • Created by: Kenneth D. Bogard
  • Added: 26 Jan 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 17694661
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Billie Jo Dunagan (5 Feb 1941–23 Jan 2007), Find A Grave Memorial no. 17694661, citing Middle Animas Cemetery, Animas, Hidalgo County, New Mexico, USA ; Maintained by Kenneth D. Bogard (contributor 46562702) .