Sheila Mary Buterbaugh

Sheila Mary Buterbaugh

April 22, 1933 –
January 22, 2014

Sheila Mary Buterbaugh, aged 80, passed away January 22nd, 2014, in Long Beach, California. Sheila was born in Manchester, England to James and Enid Donegan. In 1961 Sheila left England and followed close friends who had previously moved to Southern California. She worked as a receptionist for Western Airlines main office for 27 years until Western was taken over by Delta Airlines. She was well known by all for her charm and ability to solve any problem. Sheila met her husband John Buterbaugh while on a skiing trip in Mammoth Mountains in 1962. He asked, "Can I get you
something to drink?" and she replied with a smile, "A cup of
tea." So began their life together. They married on March 29th, 1963 in Carmel, California and their romance lasted over 50 years. Together Sheila and John built a home in Manhattan Beach, California and spent 35 years sharing many happy occasions with friends and family as they overlooked the Pacific Ocean. Their door was always open to friends and stray cats. Friends remember her gracious hospitality, her humor and lively enthusium for life. After Sheila suffered a serious back injury they sold their home and moved to a lovely home on the Naples canal in Long Beach, California. They joined the Long Beach Yacht Club and met many new friends creating more wonderful memories that they could ever have imagined. Sheila also joined the Garden Club, Naples Island Association, and the Officers Wives Club. She enjoyed attending luncheons with friends, fine dining and shopping for antiques, her favorite. Sheila was always true to her English heritage and loved all things British. She was a collector of English antiques which she used to grace her homes to create a warm and unique environment. Sheila had a special devotion to causes that helped animals. She donated to groups that trained guide dogs and even adopted a horse in England. Sheila was a vibrant, happy person who shared that happiness and joy of life with those around her. She will continue to live in the hearts of her friends and family, and more importantly, to her devoted and loving husband John. God bless you Sheila, and may you rest eternally in peace. Please sign the guestbook at www.presstelegram.com/obits.

Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram on Feb. 9, 2014