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1963 - 2011 Obituary Condolences

After a long and repeated battle with cancer, Shelly Marie Andrews (Buta), 47, passed away on September 12, 2011, in her Chico home, surrounded by close family and friends.

Beloved and admired by countless friends, colleagues and family, Shelly Andrews was an example of loving kindness and patient compassion that will be with us forever.

Shelly is survived by her children, Abigail and Zachary and their father, Berny; brother, Greg; step-mother, Carol and her two children; aunt Penny; and many other aunts, uncles and cousins. Shelly was loved by all who knew her.

Born October 11, 1963 in Yuba City, to Michael Treloar Andrews and Rosalie Ann Cozad, Shelly spent much of her childhood in Gilroy, California, where she was very active in musical theater. After graduating from UC Davis with a BA in Dramatic Art, Shelly moved to London to study Classical Acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. She later continued her education at the Jane Addams College of Social Work through the University of Illinois, Chicago, receiving a Master's Degree in Social Work.

Shelly married Bernard (Berny) Buta in 1989 and gave birth to their daughter, Abigail in 1992 and son, Zachary in 1994. The family moved to California in 1993 and Shelly has been an active member of the Chico community ever since. A medical social worker, Shelly worked for St. Elizabeth's Hospital, Enloe Hospital Home Care and then as a therapist for Victor Treatment Centers. Her most recent employment was as a social worker for Feather River Hospital and Cancer Center in Paradise, where she was a much-appreciated patient advocate and well-loved colleague (before becoming a patient herself).

In addition to her social work, Shelly was an integral part of the Chico New Thought Center for Spiritual Living, serving as a prayer practitioner and board of trustees secretary. She also was a powerful force in the church's musical program, singing in the choir and small ensemble groups. Her angelic voice will be greatly missed.

Always an animal lover, Shelly shared her love with many dogs and cats during her lifetime. She is survived by her beloved dog Ally, who held high watch at her bedside.

It was Shelly's request that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in her honor to the Butte Humane Society or the Chico New Thought Center for Spiritual Living, c/o Newton-Bracewell Funeral Homes.

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011 at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Chico at 2:00 p.m.

Arrangements are being handled through Newton-Bracewell Funeral Home.

You may share your thoughts and memories of Shelly online at nbcfh.com.
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Sept. 21, 2011
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