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08/19/2017 - Shirley F. Butler

Funeral arrangements for Shirley F. Butler, age 81, will be at 10:00 AM on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at the United Methodist Church in Hay Springs, NE with with Pastor Paul Smith officiating.
 
A Celebration of Life will be at 5:30 pm on Friday, August 18, 2017 at the Canyon Lake Senior Center in Rapid City, SD.
 
Burial will be at the Hay Springs Cemetery in Hay Springs, NE. 
 
A memorial has been established. Donations may be sent to Chamberlain Drabbels Mortuary, PO Box 443, Hay Springs, NE 69347.
 
Online condolences can be made at www.chamberlainchapel.com.
 
Shirley passed away on August 8, 2017 at Rapid City Regional Hospital in Rapid City, SD. She was born on September 29, 1935 in the family home of Ralph Sr. and Nan Heaton Strotheide of Hay Springs, NE. She attended grade school in rural Sheridan County near the family ranch.
 
After graduating from high school in 1952, she attended Chadron State College and began teaching at age 16. After three years of teaching, she married James B. (Bud) Johnson of Hay Springs, NE. To this union, three sons were born – Larry, Jerry and Gene. After the death of Bud in 1959, she returned to college and received her degree in 1965. She taught one year in Hyannis, NE, then married Gary L. Butler of Chadron, NE. To this union were born twins Tim and Tara.
 
Teaching was a driving force in Shirley’s life, and she worked as a substitute teacher for many years in Kansas while the children were small. In 1978, she and the twins moved to McCook, NE and lived there for six years before moving to Chadron in 1984 to be near her elderly mother. She then taught in rural Dawes County schools for many years. She was a member of Eastern Star of Hay Springs and NEA.
 
She is survived by children Larry Butler (Gail) of Colorado Springs, CO, Jerry Johnson of McPherson, KS, Gene Johnson (Danette) of Andover, KS, Tara Butler of Sheridan, WY, and Tim Butler (Amy) of Madison, GA; 8 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren.
She volunteered at the library, participated in multiple book clubs and card clubs and enjoyed playing Bunko. She enjoyed her dogs and horses over the years, including her current dog Mister.
 
Chamberlain Drabbels Mortuary of Hay Springs is in charge of arrangements for Shirley F. Butler.

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