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ANITA BUTIKOFER August 28, 1926 ~ June 3, 2017 Anita Butikofer passed away on June 3, 2017. She died peacefully at home from natural causes. Anita was born the second of eight children to Thomas Hugh and Iona Murphy in Osgood, Idaho, on August 28, 1926. Anita grew up in a large family. Her father was a farmer with the heart of a salesman. The family moved around the west in modest circumstances, but she never considered herself poor. She married Charles McCartney on May 18, 1947. Anita considered motherhood her greatest calling and was blessed with six children. Her children remained her greatest pride throughout her life. Charles and Anita were later divorced. Anita was then re-acquainted with Maurice Butikofer in 1973 and, after a whirlwind romance, were married February 22, 1974, in the Salt Lake Temple. The love they shared was a shining example to the children. Anita valued family over material goods and considered all of her extended family her greatest wealth. Her faith in the church was unwavering and she lived her testimony daily by example. Anita is preceded in death by her parents, Hugh and Iona Murphy; her husband, Maurice; infant son, Rodney McCartney; brothers, Rondo and Theron Murphy; and sister, Wanda Harris. She is survived by her siblings: Latona Dayton, Carol Ann Walker, Duane Murphy and Jay Murphy; children: Brian McCartney, Janna Barnum, Lenna McCartney, Andi Proctor and Myles McCartney; step-daughters, Charlotte Argyle and Delree Jones; thirteen grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Anita lived the simple spirit of the gospel and will be dearly missed by all of those who were blessed enough to have been a part of her life. Online guest book at:
Published in Tri-City Herald on June 20, 2017