Charlene Butler, 69, of St. Marys, peacefully went to the gates of Heaven Saturday morning surrounded by those she loved and loved.
She was the daughter of the late William Pethtel and Peggy Pethtel Ford, and the widow of the late Robert L. Butler.
She was raised on a farm in Pleasants County and Columbus, Ohio. She loved gardening and nature, and in later years enjoyed watching birds. She loved wildlife and enjoyed watching the different animals, both in nature and on television. Charlene was loved by all those she met and showered others with her love, kindness and generosity.
She was preceded in death by the love of her life, Bob; her parents; brother, Bill; and several aunts, uncles, cousins and special friends. She loved and blessed her family with her joy, unconditional love, compassion, nurturing and companionship.
She is survived by her "daughter," Diane (Dick) Shingler. One of her greatest joys was spending time with her granddaughters, Christy (Jeff) Butler, Sarah Beth Shingler and LeAnn (Alan) Shultz; great-granddaughters, Bricia Shultz and Etta Strange; two sisters, Sara (Bill) Neale and Carolyn Faust; and brother, Rusty (Franki) Pethtel survive, who will miss their big sister, Char. She was blessed to have a special stepfather, Dwight Ford, who also survives. Charlene is survived by sisters-in-law, Gala (Glen) Stewart, Eloise (Lee) Curtis, Carrie Miller and Hazel Pethtel. There are many nieces, nephews and cousins she loved dearly and left many cherished memories.
The joys of her life, her babies (poodles), Rocky and B. J., stayed with her till her time passed. Charlene had many special friends and neighbors, who she treasured spending time with and who will miss her wit, conversations and adventures. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Stepson, Sam Butler (Brooke and daughter, Delaney) also survives.
She was a member of George Street Church of Christ and enjoyed the visits from her church family. She was a 50-year member of Hilliard Ohio Eastern Star Chapter. Charlene had a strong work ethic and business sense working many years in both Columbus and St. Marys.
A celebration of her life will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, W.Va. Interment will be in St. Marys IOOF Cemetery. The family will greet friends from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday and from 10-11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
The family requests memorial contributions be made to Housecalls Hospice, 1226 Market St., Parkersburg, WV 26101.
An online guest register is available at www.ingramfh.com