Katherine "Kathy" Angelica Butler
October 30, 1965 - February 17, 2014
My dearest sister unexpectedly passed away at Mercy Medical Center, she was 48 years old.
She was my truest, dearest life friend and we were so, so close and now I and all who loved her will have to manage to live without her. Oh, what a difficult road that will be.
She was born and raised in SF, CA. We moved to Redding when we were young in 1979, and she loved being in Redding ever since. Our family opened a market named Enterprise Produce and Health Food Store, and as a family, we all ran it together. She attended Nova and Shasta High School, but graduated from Mercy High School in San Francisco in 1983, for we briefly moved back to the Bay area for that short year. We moved back to Redding, where she attended Shasta College. In 1984, she got into body building quite seriously and enjoyed that. She was married in 1989 and had a beautiful wedding. The marriage ended tragically in 1996, when her husband was killed in a motorcycle accident. There were many sad days for her for some time to follow.
She enjoyed beauty and worked managing a hair salon for around 15 years, establishing a most profound and wonderful friendship with the owner.
Over the years, we lost our father, mother and grandparents, but always thought we would have each other. All our immediate family we had left was each other, but yet the closeness we shared and the strong love we had for each other was enough to make us feel complete, safe, and satisfied, in spite of losing our dear loved ones. We were raised to be very close; we were told that, "blood is thicker than water," and to stay close to each other because we only had one another. There was never any sibling rivalry or competition between us sisters, we were always grateful to have each other. We were so alike, yet we grew-up to be different in our own ways, always embracing, supporting and celebrating our differences. I thought we would be old ladies together; we would be lifelong friends until the end of our elderly years. Now she is gone and a large part of me is gone along with her. I must now find out who I am without my dear friend and sister out there to share my everything.
She started dating a wonderful man about 3 years ago that, she had known for about 14 years. They married about a year and a half ago. He filled her heart with so much love. They had such a blessed marriage with love and joy; their lives were absolutely perfect for that so short time. They constantly went places and did things. They enjoyed the outdoors by fishing, camping, traveling, and taking the dogs out for a run. The best time they enjoyed was being home alone with each other; that was the most fulfilling. They were "Soul Mates." They had the gift of each other, even if it was for a short time. She left this world with a man that truly loved her, and he was graced back with her love for him. She was the best wife!
Mostly, my sister was the greatest daughter, sister, niece, wife, aunt, and friend that anyone could ever wish for. Those that knew her know what I mean. She was a sensational person with strong convictions, passionate about what she was doing, or who she loved. She was so strong minded and I admired her for that. There was so much I admired about her; to me she was so beautiful with stunning good looks. The ones that were loved by her have been given a gift of her affection. She was always thinking of other people, finding gifts to express her affection for them, or simply sending a card to someone that was on her mind. She never forgot an occasion to send cards to her dear ones. Your problems were her problems, your triumphs were her triumphs, and she shared all of life's ups and downs with the people she held dear to her. She was an "all weather friend," truly a beautiful soul whose life was cut entirely too short for a reason I will never know or understand. She had the most special relationship with my daughter whom she helped mother, she committed herself to her niece whenever either one of us needed her. My daughter always knew that if momma or papa refused to buy her something, auntie would always buy it or remembered to give it to her on a special occasion. The times they spent together were to short, but we thought we would have half a lifetime more to spend together. I grieve not only for the hole this will leave in my heart for losing my dearest friend, my sister, but I grieve for my daughter that will not have that most special aunt that loved her as much as I do. She will only have memories that over time will fade. She won't have that aunt that was so excited to rejoice in all her milestones, the milestones of tomorrow will always be bitter sweet in absence of auntie's and my sister's presence. You will forever be missed, mourned and emptiness will always be felt by those of us that you have left behind.
Kathy left behind her husband, Steven Butler. Her sister, Angelica Holliday and her brother-in-law, Matt Holliday. Her nieces, Arianna Holliday and Randi Butler. Aunts, Effie Giannacou and Loula Karneris. Several cousins. In laws, Jack and Susan Butler.
Kathy was preceded in death by her father, Gus Calofonos. Her mother, Margaret Nevotti. Her first husband, Dennis Creekmore. Both of her grandmothers, Angelica Calofonos and Katherine Karedemos, and her grandfather, Spiro Calofonos.
Kathy had a private graveside funeral. She is buried at Redding Memorial Park close to her mother.
God bless you sister and thank you for being in all of our lives, you will never be forgotten, always remembered with such warm love, and be forever mourned. You were such a gift.
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Published in Redding Record Searchlight on Mar. 16, 2014