Judith Annette Butcher: June 22, 1945-August 5, 2016

Judith-Butcher-obit-picJudith Annette Butcher, 71, passed away at her Horseshoe Park home near Berthoud, Colo., on Aug. 5, 2016, after battling three different cancers over five years. She was born on June 22, 1945, in Medford, Ore., to Howard Steifel Wilson and Luella Irene (Beers) Wilson.

She graduated from Crater High School, Central Point, Ore., in 1963. She was valedictorian (1988) in graphic arts at Mission College, Santa Clara, Calif., and graduated with honors (2004) in electronics from Pima Community College, Tucson, Ariz. Judy worked at various careers; including hairdresser, school bus driver, printing press operator, graphic artist, and missile assembler, retiring in 2007.

Judy married Robert R. Butcher, her high school sweetheart from Central Point, Ore., on Sept. 26, 1964. She raised three sons, living in Oregon, New Mexico, California, Arizona, and Colorado. She was a talented artist and created numerous paintings during her life. She enjoyed camping, skiing, off-road motorcycle riding, scuba diving, and going to the beach. Her greatest passion was spending time with her family and her friends. She loved playing card games; including poker and bridge, and achieved the rank of Life Master at duplicate bridge in 2013.

Judy is survived by her husband, Robert R. Butcher; sons Steven E. Butcher, Brian R. Butcher and Dennis W. Butcher, all living nearby; brother David Wilson and wife Linda of Central Point, Ore., sisters; Rosalie More and husband William of Carson City, Nev.,  Irene Fields and husband Gary of Hood River, Ore., Linda Tharp of Eugene, Ore., and Marie Richardson and husband Gene of Klamath Falls, Ore., grandsons; Robert C. Butcher of Frederick, Colo., and Joshua B. Butcher of Loveland Colo., granddaughters; Breahna C. Butcher of Loveland, Colo., and Carli D. Duplesis and husband Daniel, great-grandson Dallas and great-granddaughter Chloe, all of Okinawa, Japan; chosen grandsons Dominic Lofreda of Fort Collins, Colo.; and Tyler Lofreda of Berthoud, Colo.; and chosen granddaughter Chantelle King of Longmont, Colo., along with numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her mother Luella Irene Wilson (Beers), father Howard Steifel Wilson, brother-in-law Ronald Tharp, nephew Ryan Tharp, and brother-in-law Michael Conte, all of Oregon.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, Aug. 13, 3 p.m. at Grace Place in Berthoud, Colo., with reception following. Inurnment will be at the Wilson Family Cemetery in Oregon, beside her father and mother.