Evelyn Lorraine Butcher, 91, of Rainier, passed into the arms of her loving savior on Aug. 22 surrounded by family and dear friends at the Hospice Care Center in Longview, Wash.
Evelyn was born Dec. 21, 1920, to John and Margaret Maxwell in St. John, N.D. She later graduated from business school.
On Dec. 30, 1945, she married Rev. Leonard J. Butcher. They moved to the Rainier area where they ministered to the Rainier Assembly of God church for 28 years, until his death in 1985.
Evelyn remained an active member of the church until her health declined. In 2008, she was awarded recognition as pastor emeritus of the church where she had been a member for more than 50 years.
She loved and was loved by so many.
Evelyn and Leonard were blessed with five children. She was preceded in death by her son, Timothy; her husband, Leonard; brother Archie Maxwell; and her beloved granddaughter, Tiara Fleetwood.
Survivors include sons Phil Butcher (Roberta O’Donoghue), of Rainier, and John (Judy) Butcher of Little Chute, Wisc.; daughters Leila (Ed) Fallstone of Ocean Park and Carolyn (Ron) Fleetwood of Queen Creek, Ariz.; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews, and brother Jim Maxwell of Clearfield, Utah.
Evelyn’s beloved dog, Chuey the Chihuahua, was her constant companion for the past three years. He was a great therapy dog and gave her much comfort and pleasure.
A celebration of life was held at Rainier Assembly of God with Pastor Gary Siegenthaler officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to Community Home Health and Hospice.
Arrangements are by Columbia Funeral Home.