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Nancy J. Butler

d. May 31, 2020

Nancy Butler, age 84, of Springfield, passed away on Sunday, May 31, 2020 at
Memorial Medical Center.

Nancy was born June 17, 1935 the daughter of Chester and Gladys Baxley.

She married Jim Butler on June 30, 1990 in Springfield.

She is survived by siblings, Judy (husband John) Graves and Loren (wife Vicki) Baxley; and several nieces and nephews.

Nancy was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jim; and a sister and brother-in-law, Gloria and Chuck Evans.

She worked for the State of Illinois as Data Entry Clerk.

Nancy was a avid Chicago Bear and St. Louis Cardinal fan.

Visitation for Nancy will be held on Thursday, June 4, 2020 from 10:00 until 11:00 AM at Mott & Henning Funeral Home in Athens. Due to the COVID situation, masks and social distancing guidelines will be followed during the visitation.

Private graveside services will be held after the visitation.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Williamsville Rescue Squad.

Mott & Henning Funeral Home is assisting the family. On-line condolences can be shared at


  1. Judy, John and Family. So sorry to hear of Nancy’s passage. Always enjoyed conversations with her over the years. Great lady. God Bless you all

  2. To the Family,
    Sorry to hear of Nancy’s passing. I was a classmate of Nancy’s at Wanless Grand School and Lanphier High School. She was special and a strong youngster. James R. Wainwright

    Prayers are for Nancy and her family. I, too, was a classmate of Nancy’s at Lanphier High School. Barbara L. Monahan

  3. To the Family…
    Sorry to hear of Nancy’s passing. I was a classmate of Nancy at Wanless Grade School and Lanphier High School and a friend. She was special and a strong youngster.

  4. My Aunt Tay was a feisty, smart, strong willed, straight shooter that you were smart not to underestimate. She was so funny and sarcastic and if she thought you needed it she had plenty of wisdom that she had no problem dispensing to us kids with her little one on one talks. She was really fun to be with and I always wanted to be like her in so many ways. I loved to sit around the picnic table when we would be home from Iowa and the family would get together and they would all get to telling stories of when they were kids or stories from when she and Phil had the taverns. From everything I heard, if things got out of hand she could go toe to toe with the best of them! Many, many of my favorite childhood memories come from the times spent staying at Tay’s or at Judy and John’s house or Loren’s birthday celebrations over the July 4th holidays. After mom (Gloria) passed I would call her every week and we would talk about any old thing much like I used to talk to mom. I talked to her a day or two before she had her first medical issue that led us down the road that brought us to today. You never know when that last real talk might come but I’m thankful to have had it. I wish I could be there with the rest of the family tomorrow as she is laid to rest on the Hill. I will be though in thought and spirit and will be spending the day with the many wonderful memories of one of the people I loved most in this life. I will miss her dearly. My love to all of my family there in Illinois, I’m thinking of you all too. God’s speed Tay! I’ll see you again one day and no doubt we’ll have plenty to talk about!

  5. Judy and Loren

    I am so sorry to hear about Nancy. Even tho she was older than me, I have lots of memories of her. When we used to come out to your house when we were small, she would take George and I for rides in her car. She had an infectious laugh, I remember laughing like crazy at some of her crazy stories. We grow up and lose contact, I think the last time we saw each other was at Aunt Tooties house. I think back to those good times occasionally, I think we all do.

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