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Butler, Esther "Ella"
May 6, 1932 - February 11, 2018
Service:Thursday, March 1, 2018
1:30 pm
A Celebration of Ella’s life will be held on Thursday, March 1, 2018 at the Church of the Nazarene, Rocky Mountain House, at 1:30 PM.
Interment:  Pine Grove Cemetery
Notice:  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Ella’s name to the charity of the donor’s choice or to the Canadian Bible Society.

Obituary

Butler, Esther “Ella”
1932 - 2018
It is with sadness that the family of Ella Butler announces her passing on Sunday morning February 11, 2018. Although we will miss her we feel extremely blessed to have loved and been loved by such a precious sweet lady.
Esther Ella Huber was born on May 6th, 1932 in Medstead, Saskatchewan, The fourth of seven children. In 1944 Jacob and Martha Huber moved the family to Red Deer, Alberta for work and school opportunities. Ella, as she preferred to be called, attended the Balmoral school house on the east side of the city. After finishing grade 9 she began working for friends taking care of children and cleaning houses. While cleaning at a local boarding house she met Jim Butler and they were married on September 18, 1951. Four children quickly followed, Mary, Allan, Dorothy and Douglas. Jim and Ella purchased a quarter of land in 1963 in the Centerview area north of Leslieville. They proceeded to log it, sell the lumber and also sold Birch for firewood. They milked cows to sell cream, raised pigs and sheep, and sold hay as well. The kids remember her as a hardworking woman. In 1978 they sold the quarter and purchased a home in Rocky with a yard big enough to have a large garden, raspberries, and apple trees. She grew amazing tomatoes and cucumbers. Holiday turkeys were always so delicious with her sage dressing. Her pie crusts were so flakey and good. She worked alongside Jim in his Scrap business and for extra income took up crocheting and knitting and selling her latest creations at the markets. She had a competitive streak and when she acquired her driver’s license she was able to go down to the Pioneer Centre and play scrabble as well as enjoyed carpet bowling here in Rocky and in Leslieville. None of us wanted to play scrabble with her anymore at family functions because she just beat us so soundly. She enjoyed other board games and puzzles as well.

For over 30 years she attended at the Nazarene church and loved her church family. She was presented an award for her faithful service as a behind the scenes worker. She loved her Lord and Saviour Jesus, and attended at least 3 to 5 Christian/Church functions per week. Her circle of friendship and service was huge. She and a number of widows met faithfully for coffee each week, as well she volunteered at the Good Sam playing games with the seniors.
She is survived by her children; Mary (Cliff) Goertzen, Dorothy (Howard) Nordman, Allan (Carolyn) and Doug (Penny), 12 grandchildren and an ever expanding group of great grandchildren.
Ella was predeceased by her husband Jim, in January of 2012.
A Celebration of Ella’s life will be held on Thursday, March 1, 2018 at the Church of the Nazarene, Rocky Mountain House, at 1:30 PM. Cremation entrusted to the Rocky Mountain Crematorium, Rocky Mountain House.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Ella’s name to the charity of the donor’s choice or to the Canadian Bible Society.
Rocky and Sylvan Lake Funeral Homes and Crematorium, your Golden Rule Funeral Homes, entrusted with the arrangements. 403-845-2626

Condolences

Dawn & Donn Mason:
Sorry to learn of Ella's passing; she was truly one super lady that will be missed by many. Heartfelt condolences go out to all of her family at this difficult time.
Sincerely, Dawn and Donn Mason
Marg Harper:
I’m so sorry to hear this. I’m sure heaven is rejoicing while we here on earth are feeling a huge loss of a wonderful woman. I’ll always remember trying to keep up with her while walking! She was a very fast walker!
Sending my love and hugs to Allan, Carolyn and family’s. I’m sure she’s very missed.
Brian & Joey Williamson:
We are so sorry to hear of the loss of Ella, know that we are thinking of you and Allan, treasure every precious memory of your grandma B .
Eric and Noella:
There is a sacredness in tears. They are not a mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition and of unspeakable love. Few people we know could have made such an impact on our lives. We're here for you.
Keely and Mitch Brower:
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. She was a beautiful woman and always so supportive and encouraging. She will be missed.

-The Brower's

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