Billie Jean Gauntt
1925 - 2008
Billie Jean Gauntt, 82, passed away Thursday, July 10, in Wichita Falls.
Services were held Saturday at the Highland Cemetery Pavilion with Rev. John Kay, pastor of First United Methodist Church, officiating.
Ms. Gauntt was born July 23, 1925, in Iowa Park to William and Emma (Denny) Gauntt. She attended Iowa Park schools and graduated W.F. George Middle School in 1942. After completing preparatory courses at Hardin Junior College, now Midwestern State University, she entered the World War II Cadet Nurse Corps training program at Southern University. After receiving her certification as a registered nurse in 1947, she returned to the Wichita Falls area to begin her nursing career at Wichita Clinic on Eighth Street.
She received additional training at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, MD., and the Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans, LA. Following the closure of the Wichita Clinic, she entered Federal Civil Service and her career at Sheppard Air Force Base Hospital until her retirement in 1975. In 1980, she moved from Iowa Park to the Bowman Community. She traveled throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and Africa. She enjoyed animals. She was a member of First United methodist Church for many years.
She was preceded in death by her parents; grandparents; and sister, Frances Gauntt Tucker.
Survivors include four cousins.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to a favorite charity or to Hospice of Wichita Falls, 4909 Johnson Road, Wichita Falls, Tx. 76310.