Billie Jo Ford, 72 of Las Cruces, NM died Thursday, April 23, 2009 at Mesilla Valley Hospice, La Posada. She was born December 29, 1936 in Earlham, Iowa to Richard and Beula Osborn. Billie served her country honorably in the U.S. Army and after being discharged she went on to serve her fellow veterans at the Veterans Affairs Office for many years in Las Cruces. She is survived by her nephew Dale Utecht (Beth Ann) and their children, Sydney and Jody all of Cotati, California; and her longtime friend, Betty Karlovich of Las Cruces, NM. Graveside Funeral Services will be at 10 am on Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at Masonic Cemetery with Dr. Frank Zamora, officiating.