Rosie Bustos


(March 1, 1916 - July 20, 2010)Longtime Powell resident Rosie Bustos, 94, died July 20, 2010, after an extended stay at St. John's Jensen Cottage in Billings.

Rosie was born in Aguas Calientes, Mexico, to Jose Valles and Maria Salazar Valles on March 1, 1916. She came to the United States with her family when she was 2 years old and attended school in Deaver.

She married Isidro Bustos on Dec. 2, 1932. Isidro preceded her in death in 1989 and Rosie continued to live alone in — and maintain — her home until November 2007.

Rosie was an active member of St. Barbara's Catholic Church in Powell for more than 50 years, and she spent a great deal of her life in prayer. She was very proud of her four sons and enjoyed her grandchildren. One of her great loves was her garden, and for many years Rosie and Isidro unselfishly shared their bounty with many friends.

Rosie was preceded in death by her youngest son, Henry, in 1991; four sisters; and three brothers.

She is survived by three sons: Phillip Bustos (Darla) of Billings, Charles Bustos (Susan) of Palm Springs, Calif., and John Bustos (Patti) of Powell; 11 grandchildren: Deena Barkell, Dani Hoyer, Mark and Chad Bustos, Lisa Hensley, Theresa Bartalo, Frank, Tyler, Kelly and Mandy Bustos and Suzette Smith;13 great-grandchildren; two great-great-granchildren; two brothers, Joseph Valles of Paramount, Calif., and Jessie Aguirre of Idaho Falls, Idaho; and a sister, Elsie Napper of Idaho Falls.

Funeral services have taken place, with interment at Crown Hill Cemetery.