June 3, 1912 - February 27, 2014 Verna Buttke was welcomed home by her Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ February 27, 2014 at the age of 101-1/2. She was born to Charles and Lila Silbaugh in Caldwell, ID. Verna Jack Fayne and Virginia were raised by their Godly Grandmother, Mahala (Granny Caldwell) and Aunt and Uncle Caldwell. The family migrated to Seattle in her senior year of high school, where she graduated, Roosevelt High School. She attended the University of Washington and was the assistant secretary to the Dean of Liberal Arts. She met her husband, Arthur Buttke at Mission Beach, Marysville, WA. They came to Arizona in 1949 and were married 64-1/2 years when he passed away in 2002. Art was a successful produce broker in Phoenix, AZ and she was the secretary to Principal Phillips at Montebello Elementary in the Alhambra School District. Upon retirement, she volunteered at the Center for the Blind and was actively involved in her church. She is survived by sister, Fayne McCaffray Loew, Seattle, WA; son, A. Grant Buttke (Lucille) of Phoenix; daughters, Gail A. Eberle (Don) of Cottonwood, AZ and Lila M. Harris (Richard) of Flagstaff, AZ; She was blessed with 11 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren, 11 great-great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-great grandchild. Services were March 7, 2014 at her loving church, Covenant of Grace, Phoenix. She is also survived by Marysville WA relatives, sisters-in-law, Louise (Buttke) Savoie, Vera Hansberry; brother-in-law, Bob Buttke (Bev) as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
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Published in The Herald (Everett) on Mar. 23, 2014