Esther Bernice Butcher, 84, of Lee’s Summit, MO, went to be with her Lord on December 28, 2008.

Memorial Services for family and friends will be held on Saturday, January 3, 2008 at 10:30 a.m. Burial is immediately following at Mound Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be held directly prior to the service from 9:30 -10:30 a.m.

Esther was born on April 21, 1924 in Independence, MO, to Ivan and Helen Kramer. On February 21, 1942, she married her high school sweetheart, Alvin Butcher. Esther enjoyed her job as a timekeeper at Remington Arms in Independence, MO. Esther was a member of the East 39th Street Community of Christ Church and enjoyed serving as a Women’s Leader for several years. Her strong faith in God was evident during her lifetime in her kind deeds and gentle spirit. Esther was always loving, happy and full of laughter. She was open to new experiences and adventures. She loved traveling with family and friends. She especially loved the beach and mountains, and had a special fondness for Catalina Island, CA. Esther enjoyed reading, music, cooking, and art. She was an active volunteer with literacy groups in the KC area. She was a beautiful and polished woman – both inside and out.

Esther was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Mark Butcher; granddaughter, Holly K. Butcher; two brothers, Ivan Kramer and Robert Kramer; and her sister LaVon McKean. Survivors include her husband of 66 years, Alvin; daughter, Janis K. Nelson of Lee’s Summit; granddaughters, Marci and her husband Benoit Foucault of Morocco; and Kim and her husband Parker Hall of FL; and five beautiful great grandchildren, Marc, Paul, Julian, Gracie and Brody. Esther was a loving and devoted daughter, wife, mother, sister, grandmother and great-grandmother. We will carry her in our hearts forever.

The family would like to give special thanks to Good Shepherd Hospice and The Villages at Jackson Creek.

In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to Literacy Kansas City, 211 West Armour Boulevard, 3rd Floor, Kansas City, MO 64111, or online at www.literacykc.org. Fond memories and condolences can be left at www.speakschapel.com. 

Arrangements under the direction of Speaks Suburban Chapel 816-373-3600.