Betty Butler, age 99, of St. Charles, IL, passed away on December 18, 2021.  She was born February 16, 1922 in La Crosse, WI to her loving parents, Frank and Helen (née Olson) Ross.

Betty joined the United States Navy in 1944 and served until honorably discharged in 1946.  From 1941 to 1946, she was a link trainer operator.  She worked with Quilt of Valor, and received the Citizen Soldier Award.

Betty worked at the Pritzker Military museum and Library, and later worked as a librarian for the St. Charles school district.

Betty met her husband, Stanley, while working for the railroad, he as a telegrapher, and she as a messenger.  She and her husband would often dance spontaneously in the living room.  They were married for 51 years before his passing.

Betty was hardworking and never missed a day of work.  She enjoyed crossword puzzles and mysteries, and playing tennis and softball.  She sang in the choir, and also taught choir.  She loved having the altos over for spaghetti dinner.  She liked to tease, and be teased, and had a great sense of humor.  And she always praised everyone.

Betty loved her family more than anything in the world.  She was a wonderful mother who taught her children about life, and how to conduct themselves around others.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband. She is survived by her children, David Christian Butler and Barbara Jo Butler; sister, Ruth Ann Blackwood; grandson, Calvin Christian Butler; and nieces and nephews, Claire Allen, John Allen, Sarah Allen, Katy Blackwood, Margaret Blackwood, Andy Blackwood, and Tom Blackwood.

Color Guard will be presenting the colors at 10:30am, followed by funeral service with military honors at 11:00am, Saturday January 8, 2022,  at First Congregational Church, 256 E Chicago St, Elgin, IL 60120.

Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation toward Betty’s final expenses, via David Butler, 1519 Jobe Avenue, St. Charles, IL 60174.

Final arrangements entrusted to Symonds-Madison Funeral Home.  For more information, call 847-741-1128 or visit

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