Frances Butler

Frances ButlerFrances Kathryn (Kingery) Butler died April 12, 2012.

She was born Oct. 9, 1912, in Woodland Township, Fulton County, a daughter of Frank A. and Mary Rosella Rosa Fisk Kingery. She married Robert Lee Butler on May 4, 1940, in Lewistown. He preceded her in death in June, 1995.

She also was preceded in death by one son, David L. Butler.

Surviving are one daughter, Mina (and Bob) Havens; one sister, Minnie Lucille Bartlow of Rushville; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

She lived on her family's farm east of Summum attending grade school at the rural Beatty school.

She attended Vermont High School while the highway to Astoria was being built, then graduated from Astoria High School in 1930. She acquired her teaching certificate at Western Teacher's College in Macomb (now Western Illinois University). She taught at several one-room schoolhouses in Woodland Township and the surrounding area for several years.

She and her husband lived in Lewistown all their married lives. They farmed on her family's farm east of Summum raising Hereford cattle.

She was active in Home Bureau serving as president. She worked for Lewistown News as woman's editor, writing a weekly column "From Our House to Yours". She did feature stories of local people, winning a news award for human interest feature stories.

She attended Summum Christian Church before her marriage and Lewistown United Methodist Church.

Services were held Monday at Henry-Lange Memorial Home in Lewistown with Reverend Deryck Sonaram officiating. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery in Lewistown.

Memorials may be made to Prairieview Care Center activity fund, Lewistown United Methodist Food Pantry or Hart Cemetery maintenance fund.

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Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 4/18/2012

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