From our January 25, 2001, edition.


Funeral services for Murle Lena Butts, age 83, were held at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 21, 2001, in the First Baptist Church in Clarendon.  Burial was held in Citizens Cemetery under the direction of Robertson Funeral Directors, Inc.

Mrs. Butts died Thursday, January 18, 2001, in Amarillo.  She was born October 15, 1917, in Slaton.  She was an Amarillo resident from 1957 until 1982 when she moved to Clarendon.  She returned to Amarillo one year ago.  She married James Blaine Wycough Butts on August 17, 1949, at Wichita Falls, Texas.  He preceded her in death on April 21, 1999. 

Mrs. Butts was a Registered Nurse for most of her life.  She was a Captain in the US Army Medical Corps during World War II, having served in the European and North African Theaters.  She was a recipient of the Bronze Star.  She was employed by the VA Hospital in Amarillo for 14 years and was an Operating Room Supervisor for several years before her retirement.  She had served on the Donley County Senior Citizens Board, was a member of the Pathfinder Club, and involved in a Women’s Bible Study Group.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Clarendon.

Survivors include four sons: James Butts of Angel Fire, NM, John Butts of Colorado Springs, CO, David Butts of Quito, Ecuador, and Mike Butts of Clarendon; and nine grandchildren.

Casket bearers were Jim Garland, Todd Knorpp, Jim Shelton, Casey  Alexander, Herman Mooring, and Edwin Campbell.

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