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October 21, 1929 ~ July 26, 2023 (age 93) 93 Years Old
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Lois Omagene Butler was born October 21, 1929, in Oso, Washington to James and Willie (Russell) Smith. She departed this life July 26, 2023, in Springdale, Arkansas at the age of 93. Early in life her family moved to California where they became cattle ranchers and developed a Prune orchard and later a Walnut Orchard in the Red Bluff area.
Omagene married Floyd Butler on June 2, 1947, in Reno Nevada. To this union was born Keith Butler (Carol) of Berryville and James Roscoe (Rusty) Butler (Suellen) of Green Forest who survive her.
Her family was very important to her, especially her grandchildren, Craig (Rachael), Krista (Nick), BJ, Roscoe, and Kent (Mallory). And her great grandchildren, Cali, Sydney (Tylar) Cami, Billy Jack, Raelin (Jackson), Averee, and Hinton. In her final weeks she was blessed to welcome her first great, great grandchild which saw the celebration of five generations. She would always ask about that baby, Riella Jo Annette.
Her younger years were spent moving from job site to job site when Floyd built motels in the south. She could be ready to go on a move anywhere at the drop of a hat. She lived in many places and many houses that she and Floyd would build and sell.
Much of her adult life was given to ministry with Floyd who pastored churches in Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas, and Oregon. Many people remember her as a pastor’s wife and were blessed by her quiet, soft-spoken way, always content to be on the sidelines serving. She was the Kool-Aide drink lady on Wednesday nights at Church On The Hill, serving the many kids. At church events and family gatherings her brownies and chili beans were always a favorite.
Omagene’s favorite hobby/past time was working at the Heritage Center where she became interested in genealogy. Her research was extensive in family history of many of the Butler’s and she has many books compiled of family history.
She was preceded in death by her husband Floyd, parents, and brother’s Marvin and Jay.
Celebration of Life services will be Tuesday, August 1 at 10:00 AM at Church On The Hill in Berryville with her son Keith & Grandsons Craig and Kent officiating. Interment will follow at Rule Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service from 9-10 AM. In lieu of flowers, Memorial donations can be made to Rule Cemetery. Online condolences can be made at smithfamilyfuneralhome.net.