Amy Louise (Smith) Butler obituary

Amy Louise (Smith) Butler obituary

Services for Amy Louise Butler, 56, are scheduled for 2:00 PM on Friday, November 24, 2023 at Grace Fellowship Baptist Church, 2000 S. Main St., Portales, New Mexico. Amy passed away on November 18, 2023 at her home in Dora, New Mexico. Pastor Ron Fox and Pastor Jeff Fox will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Zion Cemetery north of Dora with Jeremy Butler, Logan Bilbrey, Jake Johnson, Jerry Butler, David Butler and Sal Gonzalez serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Bert Smith, Paul Smith, Eugene Turka, Mark Butler Sr., Mark Butler Jr., Daniel Butler, Joshua Turka, Billy Warmuth and Steve Barron. Memorial donations in Amy’s honor may be made to Grace Fellowship Baptist Church, 2000 S. Main St., Portales.

Amy – known as “Mimi” to her beloved grandchildren – was born on July 12, 1967, in Pontiac, Michigan, to parents Kendall and Darlene Smith. She accepted the Lord as her Savior in 1972 when she was five years old. She spent her early years in Rochester, Michigan, with her parents and two brothers. She especially loved the Christmas holidays and often talked about how certain scents would bring back vivid memories of those times.

Amy graduated from Rochester Hills Christian Academy in 1985, and that summer—on July 3, 1985, to be precise—she met a young man named Steve Butler while they were attending a camp meeting in Romeo, Michigan. In 1986, Steve quit work and proposed to Amy at the Bluewater Bridge in Sarnia, Canada. She happily said yes. They married in 1987 and returned regularly to the camp meeting where they first met. He called them “camp meeting doubles.”

After marriage, Amy and Steve lived first in Pontiac, Michigan, then from 1998-2007 in San Antonio, Texas, and from 2007 to the present in Dora.

In 1991, Amy and Steve became parents when Jeremy was born. In 1994, they welcomed twin daughters, Ashley and Aubrey. In 2009, their second son, Kendall William, was stillborn. An active and caring mother, Amy was loved by her children’s friends and classmates. She was that extra mother to so many children, always there with hugs and words of encouragement. She found a new and very special joy in 2018 when the first of her six grandchildren was born and she officially became “Mimi.” Amy adored her family and would sacrifice everything she had to take care of them. She was the person who made every holiday or family gathering extra special. They wouldn’t be themselves without her.

Amy and Steve enjoyed traveling and finding new places to eat. They also find satisfaction in renovating the upper portions of family homes that look new and beautiful. Amy always made sure there was at least one cat around. She was an avid shopper and was happy when she was able to find a good deal and share it. Her family will miss her loyal shopping friend.

Amy was a much-loved member of staff at Dora Primary School from 2009 to 2019, where she helped many young children develop a lifelong love of reading.

In February of 2022, the diagnosis of metastatic breast cancer was an unwelcome surprise. Amy was deemed cancer-free in August of that year, but in March 2023 the cancer returned. During her illness, she maintained her beautiful smile and never lost her steadfast faith in the Lord.

Amy was preceded in death by her father, Kendall Smith, who died when Amy was only 22 years old, and her son, Kendall William Butler.

Survivors include her husband, Steve Butler of Dora; her children, Jeremy Butler and Desiree of Clovis, New Mexico, Aubrey and Logan Bilbrey of Tatum, New Mexico, and Ashley and Jake Johnson of Whiteface, Texas; her grandchildren, Harper and Juniper Butler of Clovis, Everly and Willie Bilbrey of Tatum, and Ivy and Brody Johnson of Whiteface; her mother, Darlene Cavender of Clinton Township, Michigan; her siblings, Bert and Crystal Smith of Rochester, Michigan, and Paul Smith of Mount Clemmons, Michigan; her in-laws, George and Macedonia Butler of Balch Springs, Texas; her brothers and sisters-in-law, Eugene and Lucy Turka of Wildomar, Calif., Mark and Maggie Butler of Mesa, Ariz., and Jerry and Michelle Butler of Grinnell, Iowa; and her nieces and nephews, Mark Butler Jr., Daniel and Rebecca Butler, David and Karen Butler, Joshua and Brianna Turka, Sarah and Nehemiah Fuller, Makayla Smith, Colleen Smith, Reagan Butler and Hartley Butler.

The family is especially grateful to the nurses at Presbyterian Hospice in Clovis, and all the friends and family who have given Amy unwavering support and unconditional love, especially during these difficult final months.

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