Averil Edith Butler
Nov 14, 1917 – Sep 28, 2017
Averil Edith Butler
Nov. 14, 1917- Sept. 28, 2017
Edith was born to the late John Riley Barnes and Maude Holmesly Barnes as the youngest of six children in Spring Valley, Arkansas. She grew up working on the family farm and was a high school graduate. In October 1941 she moved to Des Moines to marry her long time beau, Wave M Butler, who had previously followed his brother to Washington and was working for Boeing. They were married November 1, 1941 and raised 3 children: Johnny Wave, Viola Ann and Howard Eugene. They enjoyed nearly 60 years of marriage before Wave passed in July 2001.
Edith loved her family and was happy to be a homemaker. She was an outstanding cook and everyone loved her apple pie & yeast rolls. They were "the best"! Edith was also a professional seamstress and worked from home. She primarily did alterations for Benson's Apparel in Des Moines until they closed in 2006 but was also known to make custom clothing for friends and family. Her favorite hobbies were gardening and reading Harlequin romances. She grew a fruit & vegetable garden big enough to feed half the neighborhood. It was only a couple years ago she decided to only plant half a garden. Even this year, at the age of 99, she still managed to plant 12 tomato plants & 11 cabbage!
Edith was a past Matron of the Order of Eastern Star Juanita Chapter #187, Treasurer for Christian Care Center Church and was admitted (with Wave) to the Pacific Northwest HALL OF FAITH of the Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship International in 1998.
She was preceded in death by her daughter Viola (1984), her husband Wave (2001), her son Johnny (2009) as well as her parents and all her siblings.
She is survived by her son Howard "Gene" (Mary) Butler, Grandchildren: Sarena (Randy) Campbell, Desiree (Ted) Kane and John Butler. Great-granddaughter Violet Kane.
Edith was a strong woman of faith and a great prayer warrior. Her graciousness, love and kindness to all who knew her will be greatly missed.
Memorial donations may be made to Seattle's Union Gospel Mission.
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