THELMA EMMALINE HOUSTON BUTNER 10/30/1924 - 4/24/13 Mrs. Thelma Emmaline Houston Butner, 88, went to be with the Lord on 4/24/13. Daughter of James Paris Houston and Susan B. Tudor, she was born on Oct. 30, 1924 in Frankfort, Kansas and was a 20 yr. resident of Apple Valley - 63 years in California. Thelma worked for the U.S. government for 27 years. In the late 1950's, she worked the graveyard shift monitoring satellites until Norad Air Defense took over. She then served the U.S. Airforce Academy in the administration building, where she was responsible for a portion of cadet records after they were appointed. She retired in 1972. She was faithful to God & was an active member of Victory in Jesus Bible Faith Center. She loved people. She loved her country, but most of all, she loved God. She is survived by her husband Marvin Curtis Butner of Apple Valley; daughter, Kathleen Drake of Azusa, CA; sons, Duane Butner of Apple Valley, CA., Keith Butner of Apple Valley, CA. and Ronald Butner of Glendora, CA; 6 grandchildren and 1 great-granddaughter. Visitation will be held at Victor Valley Mortuary, 15609 11th St., Victorville, CA, 92395, on 4/29/13 @ 10 a.m. Service will follow at 11am. Clergy officiating is Pastor Denotra Johnson. Thelma will be laid to rest at Riverside National Cemetry.
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Published in the Daily Press on Apr. 27, 2013