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Effie Lucile (Goding) Butts

September 13, 1924 ~ October 5, 2021 (age 97)


Effie Lucile Butts, 97, passed peacefully in her home October 5th, 2021 in Grand Rapids MI.

 "Lucile" was born September 13, 1924 to parents, Luther Logan Goding and Effie Lena Peabody in Omaha Nebraska.

Lucile is preceded in death by her husband, Earl J Butts, they met and married during WW2. After Earl's service relocated to Muskegon MI where they raised five children.

Sisters Katharine (Goding) Heeren, Sarah (Goding) Post, Marietta Goding and Brother, Luther "Luke" Goding.

At age 50 Lucile attended college and earned her nursing license.

Lucile was generous with her love for friends and family, and always enjoyed a good giggle.

Lucile will be lovingly remembered by her children:

Steve (Lois) Butts, Sue (David) Sparkman, Gary (Margie) Butts, Sallie Cooper, Tammy (Kevin) McCarthy; her Grandchildren, Kim (Mike) Smith, Julie (Chris) Anderson, Daniel (Elisabeth) Butts, David (CherylAnne) Butts, Jodi Sparkman (Gary Hill), Kara Sparkman (Andy Burton), Molly Sparkman (Dan Savickas), John (Julie) Warne, Jeremy (Jennifer) Butts, Joshua (Stacey) Krbez, Jason (April) Butts, Michelle Nilsen, Mike Nilsen (Angie), Sean (Jenna) McCarthy, Amanda (David) Alt, and Nicole (Austin) Bennett; plus 26 great grandchildren; Ex-husband and Special friend Stephen Kwiatkowski; sister in law Louise (Luke) Goding; along with many nieces, nephews and friends.

She will be greatly missed by the many people who knew and loved her.

A celebration of life will be held in the spring for family and friends.


Psalm 23

1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.


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