Dianne (Mathis) Butler


Dianne (Mathis) Butler died on March 2, 2013, at Homecare and Hospice in Manhattan, Kansas. Born on September 20, 1938, in Harrisburg, Illinois, to Herbert and Susie (Williams) Mathis. Dianne married Jack D. Butler, in 1957. He preceded her in death in 1992.

She loved and enjoyed her family and friends, music, reading, sewing, gardening, antiques, environmental conservation, and all of those college graduate students who called her “Mom.” Following Jack’s retirement from the faculty at Colorado State University in 1987, they moved to Bay Center, Washington. Dianne was active in local and state politics, serving on the Pacific County Planning Commission, the Washington State Democratic Central Committee, and as secretary of the 19th Legislative District Democrats. She was a pianist at Bay Center Methodist Church until she moved to Astoria, Oregon, in 2001.

After moving to Astoria, Dianne was active in Pioneer Presbyterian Church on Clatsop Plains. She recently resided in Roswell, New Mexico, and Manhattan, Kansas.

Survivors include a son, John E. Butler, and his wife, Kathy Scafidi, of Roswell, New Mexico; a daughter, Lisa M.B. Harrington, and her husband, John A. Harrington, Jr., of Manhattan, Kansas, and Bay Center, Washington; and two beloved grandsons, Ian and Colin Harrington of Manhattan, Kansas.

Visitation will be held at Sloan Funeral Home in Galatia, Illinois, at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 8, 2013, with a graveside service and interment of ashes following at the Raleigh (Illinois) Masonic Cemetery.

Memorial gifts made to Homecare and Hospice, 3801 Vanesta Drive, Manhattan, Kansas 66503; Pioneer Presbyterian Church, 33324 Patriot Way, Warrenton, Oregon 97146; or Bay Center Methodist Church, c/o Janet Wilson, BCUMC Finance Chair, PO Box 356, Bay Center, Washington 98527, would be welcome.

Visit www.irvinparkview.com to send an online condolence. Arrangements are by Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home & Cremation, Manhattertan, Kansas.