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Gardenia King Busby

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Gardenia King Busby was born Aug. 28th, 1938 in Birmingahm, Al. to Albert King Sr. and Magnolia Green King. She departed this life on December 17th, 2005. Dena's biggest love of her life were her boys and her grandchildren. Bowling was also a love of Dena's; she won numerous trophies over the years. Though Dena only completed the eleventh grade in terms of formal education, she completed the school of life with honors. Dena loved her family and helped raise her younger brothers and sisters while being a young woman herself. She always took care of those she felt responsible for. Dena was a military wife and took those responsibilities seriously along with supporting her family and helped by being a working mother also. She loved people and seemed to enjoy positions in the field of retail employment. The job Dena seemed to take the most pride in was the raising of her sons. She always made sure their clothes were clean and they were well dressed. There was never a job too far or too hard for her when it came to her boys. Dena was also known for being a great cook. She always made extra; just in case one of her sons dropped by, which was quite often. In her later years, she turned to her church; she was an active member of the Sanctuary and Mission Choirs at Antioch Baptist Church. Sunday School became another passion of Dena's and she loved listening and giving her opinions on any topic of the Bible. Dena is survived by three sons, Spurgeon Jr. and wife, Carol, Ronald and wife, Sandra and Morris and his friend Julie Bravo. She is also survived by five brothers and sisters, Bobbie Jean, Archie, Yvonne, Euphoria and Epathia. Dena is also survived by eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild along with a host of nieces, nephews and friends. Visitation is scheduled for 6PM - 8 PM Tuesday, Dec. 20th at Meadowlawn Tribute Center, 5415 E. Houston St. A Funeral Service will be held at 11 AM, Thurs. Dec. 22nd from Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 1001 N. Walters, The Rev. Dr. E. Thurman Walker, officiating. Interment to follow at Meadowlawn Memorial Park. To leave a note for the family, go to and select Obituaries.

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  1. Buzz, Carol and families: I am sincerely sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. I understand how difficult this time is for you. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love, Debbie, Richard and Melissa

  2. Buzz, God Bless you and the family during this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you (as always). You already know where your help comes from. Mom was always (mom) to all of us. We loved her very much. She will be missed but we will see her again. Yours in Christ-Mo James

  3. To the Busby men: Your mother was a wonderful woman. Cherish the memories of her. You meant the world to her. Thank God for giving you a mother that truly loved you all. You all are a living testimony of her love for life, family, and God. May God bless and comfort you!

  4. My prayers are with the Busby family at this time of sorrow and Homegoing Celebration. Sister Busby, a dear soul has gone to rest with her FATHER where she can put on her resting robe and SING all over GOD’s HEAVEN. It is seldom in life that you meet a special individual who touches you in a way that speaks to your heart and brings you comfort, Sister Busby was that special type of individual to me. BE BLESSED!

  5. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this trying time. May the memory of your mother serve as an inspiration to you as you continue her legacy. Jose

  6. To the Busby Family, Please accept our sincere condolences on your loss. We love you and will keep you in our prayers.

  7. Dear Busby family: I knew Gardenia for several years while working at Ft. Sam Houston. I have fond memories of her. I recall recording several music tapes for her. She loved gospel music very much. She often chatted with me about her bowling and her church, and she would bring some of her home cooked meals to share with me during lunch. She often gave me strength as she shared her life stories and how she loved her sons. I last saw her in 1999 when I left Ft. Sam…Now she is in the fullness of joy with her Lord whom she loved and served faithfully. I have missed these past years. Dena, thank you for the beautiful soul that you are. I will see you again one day…. Alex

  8. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. Our heartfelt condolences to all of the family and friends. Julia and the kids

  9. Dearest Spurgeon and family…At this difficult time, may you know we here in Michigan will add your family to our prayer list at church as well as my personal prayers. I am saddened at your loss but also know there will be another time to be with your mom and in that place, there is only peace. Blessings and prayers, Tammey Jackson and family

  10. My condolences to Spurg, Ronald, Morris and family. My prayers are with you always.Rejoice in knowing that you mom is dancing & singing with the angels now. The 30 yrs. that I knew your mom has given me plenty of wonderful memories that will be with me always. Working with her was always a joy and she always kept you going. Very seldom that she didn’t have a smile on her face. I will truly miss her calls and cards. May God Bless You & Keep You Safe Always. Dena, I know one day we’ll all be together again in that wonderful place called “Heaven”. Your Friend….Ana

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