1914 - 2012
May M. Butherus died September 29, 2012 at Washington
Odd Fellows Home where her father told her she would live if anything
happened to him & her mother.
May was born on March 6, 1914 at the family farm up Russell
Creek in Walla Walla County during a snow storm. A relative came
through the storm to help with her delivery. Her parents were Sadie
Miller & Elmer Meiners. She rode her horse to Maxon Grade School
on Russell Creek. She graduated from Walla Walla High School in
1932. She graduated as a Registered Nurse from St. Mary Medical
Center School of Nursing in Walla Walla in 1936. She worked as a
Registered Nurse in Long Beach, California and Walla Walla.
On December 5, 1937, she married Henry Butherus and
left her career as a Registered Nurse. They moved to Yakima,
then Spokane where with friends they built a boat, the Thelma
May. Her husband began his military career at Washington State
University, Pullman, WA. There they had three children, Donna,
Arlene and Bill. They lived in San Mateo, CA, Anchorage and
Fort Richardson, AK, Corvallis, OR, McLean, VA, Fort Bragg,
NC, Fort McClellan, AL, Fort Benning, GA and Tokyo, Japan.
She returned to Walla Walla with her husband and children in
November 1957 upon his retirement from the military.
May & Henry supported the Congolese WSU High School
which they visited at Ntondo, Lake Tumba, Africa. In 1972, they
went to Pune, India and traveled to the Taj Mahal and other places
of interest. After both trips, they toured in Europe on their way
back to Walla Walla.
She was a member of the Bridge Club, Entre Nous, Russell
Creek Homemakers Club, St. Mary Hospital Alumna, Daughter
of the Pioneers, PEO Chapter GO, Lady Elks #287 and a bicycle
group called the Cyclemates.
She adored her husband, Henry, and was very good to her
children, grandchildren, neighbors and friends. She enjoyed
bridge, bicycling, gardening, bowling, walking, reading, attending
the Walla Walla Symphony and Little Theatre of Walla Walla and
membership in the Elks Club.
She is survived by her daughter, Donna Johannessen of
Walla Walla; daughter & son-in-law, Arlene & Satish Palshikar
of Portland, OR; son & daughter-in-law, Bill & Jeanette Butherus
of Bremerton, WA; 7 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.
Her husband, Henry, passed away in August of 2007. She was
also preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Hazel Shields, Elsie
Frazier and Delia Crumb and a brother, Roy Meiners.
Viewing & visitation will be held on Friday, October 5, 2012
from 10:00 AM until 7:00 PM at the Herring Groseclose Funeral
Home, 315 W. Alder, Walla Walla, WA. The Funeral Service will be
held on Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 10:00 AM also at the Herring
Groseclose Funeral Home with Rev. Steve Morris officiating.
Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery, Elks Rest.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary Medical
Center Reflection Garden or charity of choice through the
funeral home. Family & friends are invited to sign the
online guestbook at www.herringgroseclose.com.