I remember mom driving us home from a long trip. It was night and hard for her to see. She was tired from driving all day but we had a couple of hours still to go. I wanted to pull over, but she did not, saying, “God will watch out for us and get us home, I have faith in him!” And that is how she lived her life, full speed ahead and always with faith in God to see her through. 

My mom Susan Butler was born in 1960 to Thelma and Dwell Singley, and to siblings, Roger and Nancy. She married my dad Ken Butler July 3, 1976, became a mom to me Nadine Clark in 1976, and David in 1978. She was a grandmother in her 40s to Abby, Kiana, Faye, Byran, Avonlea, Adam, and Braiden.

Susan started living her life to the fullest, young. She had many adventures and mishaps along the way and could paint a picture with her storytelling of the events ( like when she partially sank the boat out at Ruth). She enjoyed and tried her hand at many things like camping, boating, water skiing, poker parties, bread making, tole painting, ceramics, sewing, quada and Honda 90 driving, scrap booking, quilting, flower arranging, and gardening. She loved animals and so much she became a vegetarian at the age of 12. She especially loved being with her horses and family. She resided primarily in Humboldt County. In everything, she used what she would say was “common sense,” and many times encouraged us to use it also. Life was often hard for my mom with her many health issues over the years, but like always she had great faith and we witnessed many miracles throughout those times. Mom was tired and wanted more out of life, than what she could do and on Feb 15th, 2022 God let her rest in him and move on, from her broken body. We are so thankful for her love, and being able to love her and to witness all that was beautiful about her. 

A small family memorial will be at a later date.


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