Winona Butler

Winona Butler

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Winona Arlena Butler, 92, of Leavenworth, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021. She was born Feb. 23, 1928, in Eskridge, Kan., the daughter of William Henry and Bertha Jane (McEndree) Prescott.

On July 5, 1946, Arlena married Ira Guy Butler in Idaho. He preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her parents; a son, Mart Butler; three siblings, Faye Mercer, Dean Prescott and LaMoyne Mercer.

She is survived by a son, Steve Butler of Leavenworth; a sister, Marvis Peterson of Wichita, Kan.; four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Arlena was a member of First United Methodist Church and a Martha’s Circle Member. She loved sports and in her younger years she enjoyed golfing and bowling. Arlena was a fan of Royals baseball, the Kansas City Chiefs, KU and K-State basketball. She also enjoyed playing cards with her friends at the Heritage Center.

Visitation will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Harveyville Cemetery in Harveyville, Kansas. Memorials are suggested to First United Methodist Church or the donor’s choice.
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    Tuesday, February 9th, 2021 | 10:30am
    Tuesday, February 9th, 2021 10:30am
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    Rev. Dave York


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Missing you already.............Larry and Abby

Posted at 07:38am
You were a "lady" in the truest sense. We enjoyed every visit with you throughout the years. We know you and Uncle Pee Wee are dancing in heaven.

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Stephanie Shelley

Posted at 02:34pm
This is what my sister Kristin said at the service yesterday:


We are here to honor Winona Arlena Butler, also known as grandma, because she honored us with her entire life.

She was so much more than the sum of her deeds. She was a pillar of kindness and gentleness that only a grandchild can know from their grandmother. It was in that extra little squeeze, the tender touch to your cheek, a real hug. You know she meant it. Not because she said it. But Because she lived it.

I feel extremely blessed to have experienced that kind of love. She And grandpa would go to great lengths for us. Once they slept in the basement on the pool table because Stephanie and I insisted we wanted to sleep on it but we were too scared to sleep down there alone! They traveled across the country with 2 kids in a camper and never lost patience. Once Grandma asked grandpa to bring up the basement TV for us when we were sick. She doted on us with all the care of a nurse maid when we were sick. Cool washcloths and pudding pops, we were spoiled rotten!! There was always a never ending cornucopia of pudding pops in her freezer!

I’ll always remember waking up to the twang of old country music drifting through the house on a cloud of coffee smells before the sun came up. Or the way grandma and grandpa would dress up for a night out, (you knew it was a fancy date when she spritzed herself with timeless perfume and he splashed on some old country). They were so kind to each other. She has missed him so much these last 15 years. I’ve loved listening to her talk about their many adventures and I’ve loved being part of a few of them.

When my grandfather, Ira died, I talked about what Heaven would look like to him. I said It would look like the painting my grandparents used to have in their living room; a beautiful, peaceful clearing by a lake where he could relax and fish. I know he is at peace. Now that my grandmother has made her way back to him to that clearing, it is truly home for them both. The wait is over!

I’m kinder and more sweet in my own life, to my own children and I know over her lifetime she has touched so many lives. The world was definitely brighter because she was here. My world was brighter.

She left us with this little note,

When I was a young girl, I worried about whether I would go to Heaven for my family didn’t go to church. I talked to my grandmother, who lived with us and she read the Bible a lot. She told me we didn’t have to go to the church building to talk to God, we could talk to him anywhere. She told me she did most of her talking to god when she was working in the garden.

I find comfort in knowing that she is not in pain and that she can see the other side of the tapestry now. She has taken that great journey ahead of all of us to show us how. From here, on this side of the tapestry, we can only see the knotted ends and frayed string. It doesn’t seem to make much sense. It’s painful. But if we could see the other side, all of the dark mournful colors work with the light pure colors to make a beautiful picture. We miss her dearly. And we celebrate her and take comfort because she isn’t suffering. She is in Jesus’s arms. And we will see her again.


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Posted at 03:49pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love The Marvis Peterson Family! Ronnie, Nona, Dan, Scott and their families!
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Abby Robinson

Posted at 09:20am
Aunt Arlena and Uncle Pee Wee were our heroes in life. They enjoyed traveling, camping, fishing, golfing, bowling, swimming, sports, cards, walking...not to mention socializing. There wasn't a dull moment when you spent time with them. We remember one of their visits back east when we lived outside Washington, DC. We went camping on the banks of the Shenandoah River in Virginia. We had two canoes at the time. Larry and I took one and, of course, Aunt Arlena and Uncle Pee Wee took the other. We were canoeing down the river when we decided to take a swift tributary off from the main river. We were having so much fun until they got stuck on a tree at the end of the tributary, tried to free the canoe, and flipped it....into the water they went. We had pulled up on the other side of the river and Larry was going to try to get to them when they uprighted the canoe, lost an oar, got back into the canoe (a feat in itself) and headed downstream after the oar. We'll never forget the sight of Uncle Pee Wee's raincoat blowing back in the wind when they took off after the oar. He looked like superman with his cape standing straight out as they flew downstream. Another memorable time was when they took us to Branson, MO. We fished in their pontoon boat, went to a couple of shows, ate like kings, played cards, and shared many laughs. We've kept in touch with Aunt Arlena throughout the years with frequent calls and occasional trips back to Kansas. Each week during the Dancing with the Stars" season, I would call her and we would discuss the show. And she would reminisce about trips she and Uncle Pee Wee had taken and her life growing up. I loved these phone calls and we loved her dearly and miss her already. But we're comforted in knowing that she's dancing in Heaven with Uncle Pee Wee. Abby and Larry Robinson

Sue Gooch (Buchanan) Posted at 10:06am

Ms Arthela was my mothers Avon lady. She would bring 'little Steveie' with her. He became my little boyfriend. Very gracious & loving lady. Had a moment when I was going to call my mom-oops-she passed 3 yes ago. I know she will b missed. Prayers to her family.

Stephanie Shelley Posted at 02:31pm

Thank you so much for sharing!!! They were my heroes too!

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