Susan Butler

Susan Spencer Butler (Spencer)

Wednesday, March 15th, 1950 - Wednesday, May 29th, 2019
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Having battled Parkinson’s Disease for over the last 15 years, her suffering has now turned to serenity. Susan Spencer Butler succumbed to this debilitating disease on May 29, 2019, at Woodhaven Nursing Home. She is survived by her devoted mother, best friend, and confidante, Nelia Spencer and is preceded in death her beloved father, William Spencer, both of Roanoke, Va. She will be greatly missed by her older sister, Sally Cox (Ken) of Cary, NC; her 3 younger brothers, William Spencer Jr. (Debbie), Joel Spencer, and James Spencer (Jill) all of Roanoke, Va., as well as her many nieces and nephews. Married for almost 48 years, she is survived by her husband, Don Butler, Salem, Va, who shared in her love of her National Champion UVA Cavaliers she would excitedly watch every March Madness with anticipation. Blessed to have known her simply as Mom, she will be remembered fondly by her daughter, Kimberly Vanover, and honored lovingly as Meme by her 2 grandchildren, Erika and Jacob. She is also survived by numerous relatives as well as dear friends and neighbors she has encountered through the years.
A funeral service to celebrate her life will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 3, 2019, at the John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home in Salem, Va. with Pastor Mark Vaughn officiating. Burial will follow at Sherwood Memorial Park in Salem, Va.
Friends may visit with the family from 6-8 p.m. on Sunday, June 2, 2019, at the funeral home.
A special thank you to Woodhaven Nursing Home staff and Gentle Shepherd Hospice nursing personnel for the longevity in the care provided to her during this illness.
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, June 2nd, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Sunday, June 2nd, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home
    305 Roanoke Boulevard
    Salem, Virginia 24153
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  • Celebration of Life

    Monday, June 3rd, 2019 | 11:00am
    Monday, June 3rd, 2019 11:00am
    John M. Oakey & Son Chapel
    305 Roanoke Boulevard
    Salem, Virginia 24153
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Pastor Mark Vaughan
  • Interment

    Monday, June 3rd, 2019 |
    Monday, June 3rd, 2019
    Sherwood Memorial Park
    1250 East Main Street
    Salem, Virginia 24153
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Thomas Triplett

Posted at 08:08pm
We are so sorry to hear of Susan's passing. Our thoughts are with you.

Tom and Bonnie Triplett

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Posted at 08:13pm
We pray the love of God enfolds you as you grieve with thanksgiving for Sue. May the days ahead be filled with precious memories to warm your hearts.
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Posted at 11:29pm
Sally, Billy Bob and Joel..... I am so saddened to hear of Susan’s long illness and now her death. My memories of all of us at piano lessons and recitals with my Nannie ( Mrs St Clair ) are so dear to me. Susan was such a dear and such a part of the humor and love we shared. My heart goes out to you and your mom. I pray that God’s grace will hold you tight at this time.
Donna Hicks Crawley

Janna Boyle

Posted at 08:45pm
Susan welcomed me into her home when I was a kid and as a teenager. I was Kim's friend and we always had a lot of fun. Great memories! Kim, I am so sorry for your loss and I'm praying for you and your family. I know you will miss her. Keep her in your heart. Love, Janna Boyle

anne thacker

Posted at 06:45pm
Susan, Graty Do. I have the most fond memories ever of Susan. I am sorry I didn't know she was sick. My prayers go to all the families. I had wonderful times with everyone. I am so sorry for everyone's loss.

Anne Thacker

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