Elma Jean Butler, age 92, and longtime resident of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, passed away on Thursday, March 20, 2014.
Elma Jean Crow was born October 17, 1921 in Kansas City, Missouri. She was the daughter of Gilbert M. Crow and Mary H. (Millard) Crow. She was raised and received her education in the Kansas City, Missouri community where she graduated high school with the Senior Class of Salina, Kansas. In 1938, she moved to Wichita, Kansas where she studied accounting (on her own, no formal schooling).
Elma Jean and Robert William Butler were married in Wichita on December 1, 1945. They made their first home there for five years. The Butlers came to Bartlesville in 1950 and Mr. Butler was employed by the First National Bank and Mrs. Butler began her long career with Phillips Petroleum Company in 1951 in the Treasury Department. She retired from Phillips in 1983 following 32 years of service. Mr. Butler preceded Elma Jean in death and she has continued her residence in the Bartlesville community since that time.
Elma Jean was a member of the First Baptist Church, Bartlesville; Jane Phillips Society (life member); Desk and Derrick Organization; Hillcrest Women's Golf Association; and the Women's Missionary Union at First Baptist Church.
Survivors include her nephew, Dale Crow of Colorado Springs, Colorado; and her niece, Mary Lynn Pierce of Middleburg Heights, Ohio. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother and sister-in-law, Harry Crow and Polly Crow; and her husband, "Bob".
Services will be held on Tuesday, March 25, at 10:00 AM, in the Arnold Moore & Neekamp Funeral Home Chapel, 710 S. Dewey Ave. Following the service, Mrs. Butler will be removed to Spiceland, Indiana where a graveside service is planned for March 31 in the Circle Grove Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Arnold Moore & Neekamp Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left at www.honoringmemories.com.