Busbee grew up with two sisters and two brothers. She attended high school in Kentra, Morocco and when she returned to California, went to Burbank Business College in Santa Rosa. Later, she worked as a draftsman in Solano County.
She married Howard Busbee on June 22, 1963. They live in Northern California, where they raise American Shetland Ponies and own Miniature Schnauzers.