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Dorothy Butterfield
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Dorothy Butterfield, 108, died peacefully in her sleep on Monday, Jan. 26.

She was born in Michigan. She came to California at the age of six and grew up in the Manteca-Ripon area, graduating from Ripon High School in 1918. She married Elmer Butterfield in 1930. They moved to the Oakdale area to raise their family and operate Butterfield Nursery on F Street.

Mrs. Butterfield enjoyed family gatherings, ballroom dancing, watching Lawrence Welk, sewing, fishing, and playing solitaire. She was a member and officer of the Oakdale Rebekah Lodge since 1935 and a Lifetime Member of the Oakdale Garden Club.

She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and great great grandmother who was dearly loved and cherished by all her family and friends.

She is survived by her daughters, Anita (Charlie) Morisoli of Riverbank, Barbara (Al) Alton of Modesto, and Virginia (Glen) Wilkerson of Woodland; grandchildren, Joyce (Paul) Bankhead, Janice (Rich) Johannsen, Lonny (Lana) Alton, Traci (Gary) Robertson, Laurie (Roy) Shields, and Cheri (Javier) Rocha; nephew, Don (Bev) Butterfield of Oakdale; 17 great-grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Elmer; sisters, Marie March and Kathryn Lauritson; and brother, Edgar Williams.

Services were held at Oakdale Memorial Chapel. She was laid to rest alongside her husband at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Oakdale.

Remembrances may be made in her memory to the charity of your choice.

The Riverbank (Calif.) News

Feb. 4, 2009