PALESTINE, Ill. – Emma S. Butts, 96, of rural Palestine, Ill., formerly of Sycamore, died at 11:31 p.m. March, 16, 2013, at Crawford Memorial Hospital, Robinson.
Born July 28, 1916, in Dewey, the daughter of Christian and Freda Carle Sommer, she married John Butts on Dec. 11, 1940; he preceded her in death on May 7, 1967. She also was preceded by her parents; two sons, George and Howard Butts; four sisters; and eight brothers.
She is survived by her two daughters and son-in-law, Lois D`Elia of Round Hill, Va., and Carolyn and Jack Brannon of rural Palestine; three sons and daughters-in-law, Dennis and Jill Butts of Viceroy, Calif., David Butts of Tunnel Hill, Ga., and Richard Butts of Big Bear, Calif.; daughter-in-law, Mary Butts of Sycamore; 30 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
There will be cremation with a memorial service at 11 a.m. Friday, March 22, at First Baptist Church of Sycamore, with burial to follow at South Burlington Cemetery, Kane County.
Goodwine Funeral Home in Palestine is in charge of arrangements.