A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, at First Presbyterian Church of Dexter, for Mabel Butts, 89, who passed away on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, at her home surrounded by her loved ones. Rev. Stephen Deutsch of First Presbyterian Church of Dexter will officiate. A private family graveside has taken place.
Serving as pallbearers are Robbie Drake, Armilo Montoya, Kenneth Bristow and Shane Kennett. Honorary pallbearers are Roe Babers, Bill Anderson, Tom Morgan, Sandi Van Winkle, Sue Franchini, Sandy Babers, Marva Sykes, J.D. Bristow, Anita Johnson, Lorraine Link, Johnnie Atchley and Wimp Fine.
One day, in a very different time, upon a world that was tougher yet kinder, a sweet baby girl was born. You were raised with simple needs and great values. You and your family lived upon the land, had each other’s back and persevered to a new home in the Pecos Valley. You made your way into the Dexter community, the school system and the hearts of many. One being your lifelong best friend, Betty Coats, and the other, your lifelong love, Clifford Butts.
You fell in love and began a life together full of adventures, hardships and the most amazing memories. You were a vanilla ice cream kinda gal, yet believed people should try things at least once. You always returned to your basics. You were a hard- working woman who enjoyed working alongside your sisters more than anything else. You had spunk and you had sass. You had the funniest, sarcastic type of humor.
You took joy in traveling, games of all sorts, family reunions, square-dancing and good ole-fashioned family meals. You were a beautiful mother who raised her children and grandchildren with a stern yet loving heart. You were unwavering in your love to the man whose side you stood by, waited for while he served in WWII and longed to be with after he passed.
You had a steadfast sense about your way of life. You were the balance to all the rowdy your loved ones gave. You never asked for anything, as you were a strong, independent lady. You had deep faith and always counted your blessings. And blessings you had plenty of, for you were a blessing yourself. Your full, rich life is a direct reflection of this fact. All that you instilled and taught will live on through all of us. We can only hope to do you justice. We, the rememberers, will continue to tell your story: A story of a woman who lived with a loud reservation and loved her soul mate beyond human comprehension. A story that ended here on Earth yet just began in the heavens above … give Pop our love.
Those left to cherish her memory are her son, Clifford “Wayne” Butts, and wife, Kathie, of Roswell, their children: Shane Butts and family, of Ruidoso; daughters: Debbie Abney, of Oregon, Michelle Butts, of Ruidoso, Kristina Miller, and family, of Redenedo, Calif., and Scott Miller, of North Carolina; her son, Scotty Don Butts, and wife, Belinda, of Roswell, and their children: Jennifer Calzada and family, of Roswell, Shane Kennett, and family of Dallas, Texas, Jessica Brennen Dunn, of Roswell, and Carla Davis and family of Temple, Texas; her daughter, Dayna Link, and husband, Glen, of Dexter, and their children: Chenet Wise and husband, James, and family of Roswell, Skyler Link and wife, Charlene, and family, of Roswell, Clifton Link and family, of Dexter, and Bobby Bailey, of Pennsylvania; her son, Robbie Kelly, and wife, Nicki, and family, of Odessa, Texas; her brother-in-law, Norman “Babe” Butts and wife, Aileen, of Dexter; sister, Aunt “Teen” and husband, Don Hamilton, of Clovis; special niece, Marva Sykes, of Roswell; 17 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren, with one on the way; and 10 great-great-grandchildren.
Mabel is preceded in death by her parents: Isacc Newton Bristow and Bobbie Lee Gilcrease Bristow; husband, Clifford Butts; brothers: Nolan Bristow, Grady Bristow, Woodrow Bristow and Urby Bristow; sisters: Lillie Anderson and Olita Hobbs; and her grandson, Todd Butts.
Memorial contributions may be made to the New Mexico Children Christian Home, PO Box 629, Portales, NM 88130.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at ballardfuneralhome.com.