Nikiski resident Laura Lucile Butler died Monday, June 18, 2001, of respiratory failure at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 71.
A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Moose Lodge Family Center in Kenai. Family friend Ray Adamson will present the eulogy.
Mrs. Butler was born Feb. 19, 1929, in San Angelo, Tom Green County, Texas. She graduated from San Angelo High School in 1947 and moved to Alaska in April 1960. She lived in both Nikiski and Kenai over the years.
Mrs. Butler was the owner of Laura's Clerical Service until 1974. She also assisted her husband Barron in several family businesses until her health began to fail in 1994. She retired from active employment in 1993.
Mrs. Butler was an early member of the Kenai Methodist Church in Kenai and was awarded the Kenai Chamber of Commerce trophy for "Best Dressed Woman" in 1967. Her main interests were her family and grandson Wayne Wilson.
"Our wife and mother will always be lovingly remembered as beautiful and supportive of all her family ventures as well as our family adventures," her family said. "Her smile and her silver gray hair were considered her own personal asset. For many years she was known as 'The Silver Fox' to virtually all who knew her."
Mrs. Butler was preceded in death by her son "Buzz" in 1984.
She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Barron Butler; daughter and son-in-law Connie and Coby Wilson; grandson and his wife Wayne and Gina Wilson; great-grandchildren Dominic, Chad and Gerrica; sister, Betty McEver; brother, George Johnston; and many nieces and nephews in California and Texas.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent in Mrs. Butler's name to Heritage Place, 232 Rockwell Ave., Soldotna, AK 99669.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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