Created on Monday, 03 February 2014 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
Lois Marie Butts, 80, formerly of DeGraff, died at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, in Lebanon.
She was born in Cleveland on Aug. 5, 1933, a daughter of the late Roy H. and Nellie Marie Egolf Rock.
On July 11, 1953, she married James Harrison Butts in Cleveland, and he died Sept. 16, 1969. She also was preceded in death by a sister, Martha Jane Rock; and a brother, David S. Rock.
Survivors include daughter, Carolyn (Wade) Frank and her family James, Alexander and Adam Frank, all of Lebanon; and daughter, Cynthia (Gary) Hoekstra of Wittenberg, Wis., and her family, Desiree (Donnie) Howell, Cullen, Reagan and Hartlyn Howell, all of Loxley, Ala., Aaron Hoekstra of Robertsville, Ala., and Jeremy (Alyssa) Hoekstra and Quintin, both of Silverhill, Ala.
She and Jim spent the first several years of their married life in Cleveland, where she was executive secretary to the CEO of Carnegie Steel. In 1964, they moved to Quincy and then in 1968, to DeGraff.
In 1996 after retiring from JTPA in Bellefontaine, she moved to Grant’s Pass, Ore., where she resided until 2012. She made many wonderful friends and enjoyed many new experiences and a wonderful retirement in the Great Northwest.
A service is at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Rexer-Riggin-Madden Funeral Home, DeGraff, with words of comfort by Randy Satterfield and Greg Swenson. Burial follows in the Greenwood-Union Cemetery, DeGraff. Visitation is from 5 to 7:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.