Our friend Linda Butrey, 56, died Friday, March 22, 2013 after a courageous battle with cancer.
She was born to the late Donald and Phyllis Butrey, June 18, 1956 in Cleveland, Ohio. Linda graduated from Marion L. Steele High School in Amherst, Ohio in 1974 and from Ohio State University in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy. In 1991, at the urging of her friend Amy Stohl Peterson, she came to work at Kodiak. Once here, she was inspired by the beauty, the community and the lifestyle Kodiak offered.
Linda and her healing hands touched many souls. She will be remembered by her contagious smile, her love of the color purple and her passion about making a difference in people’s lives. Linda loved her Alaskan family; however, she recently chose a second home near her dearest friend Beth (Bee) in Fort Myers, Fla. to be a perfect balance.
Linda loved Hummingbirds and would want us to share the following phrase:
Legends say that hummingbirds float free of time, carrying our hopes for love, joy and celebration. The hummingbird’s delicate grace reminds us that life is rich, beauty is everywhere, every personal connection has meaning and that laughter is life’s sweetest creation.
Linda is preceded in death by her father, Dr. Charles Butrey, and mother, Phyllis Aebersold Butrey. She is survived by her companion of many years JB Heineman, her BFF Beth Neverman, sister Janice Bartos and husband Bill of Allen, Texas, Brothers Paul Butrey and wife Jackie, Charles Butrey and wife Laura of Avon Lake, Ohio, nieces and nephews Stephanie Bartos, Bradd Bartos, Daniel Bartos, Michael Butrey, Kay Butrey, Stefanie Wamer, Rachel Dillion and Andrew Butrey.
There will be a celebration of Linda’s life at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 6 in the Rendezvous. It will be a potluck, come share a memory, story and/or hug.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made out American Cancer Society in Linda’s name.