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Leanne Busby

August 13, 1945 — March 14, 2022

Lafayette, TN

Leanne C. Busby, PhD, RNC, FAANP, passed away Monday March 14, 2022. Born August 13, 1945 in Nashville, TN, Leanne was the daughter of the late J. M. Crabtree and Sarah Neal Stinson Crabtree. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Jessica Anne; and by a brother, Billy. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Michael Busby; son, Tim (Cathy) Busby and their children, Taylor, Maureen (Tayler) and Maddy; daughter, Sally Wooten (Shane) and their children, Mason, Campbell, Wesley, Luke, and Ellie; a great-granddaughter Waylyn; brother, David Crabtree; nieces and nephews. Leanne and Michael met in kindergarten at Miss Pecks. Their relationship was a life-long journey from being the “cutest couple” in school; their marriage on December 13, 1963 shortly after they graduated from Goodlettsville High School; and their life since. Leanne began her career in nursing with training at Cookville General Hospital as a nurses’ aid. She later attended LPN school in Tullahoma at the Coffey County Hospital, received her AS degree in nursing from MTSU, her BS from Western Kentucky University and later received her masters from Vanderbilt and her doctoral degree from the University of Alabama, Birmingham. She became the Dean of the Jeanette Rudy School of Nursing at Cumberland University and ended her career retiring from the TN Board of Regents in 2012. She has left a legacy of professionalism and service through her impact on generations of nurses. Visitation for Leanne will be held at Cole & Garrett Funeral Home, Goodlettsville on Wednesday, March 16th from 4 until 7 PM and Thursday from 11 AM until 12 noon. A celebration of life service will be held at the funeral home, Thursday at noon followed by interment at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2022

4:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Cole & Garrett Chapel Goodlettsville

127 N Main St, Goodlettsville, TN 37072

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