Wanda Butler

May 29, 1928 ‒ September 15, 2020

Lexington, Ohio

LEXINGTON: Wanda Butler passed away Tuesday, September 15, 2020 in Lexington Court Care Center. She was 92.

She was born May 29, 1928 to parents Lewis “Leroy” & Audrey (Cole) Shumaker in Crawford County. After Wanda graduated from Leesville High School with the class of 1946, she earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing in 1951.

On May 2, 1952, she married Marcus Butler and they shared 38 wonderful years of marriage until he passed away in 1990.

Wanda worked as a nurse and nurse educator for 25 years. She was honored to be named Most Distinguished Practical Nursing Trainer of Ohio in 1989. She loved being a nurse and enjoyed teaching nursing.

She was an active member of the Lexington Church of the Cross as she sang in the choir for many years and helped start the “Knotty Ladies” at church who would make quilts for families in need. She volunteered at many charitable organizations including The Store, the Retired Seniors Volunteer Program and Catalyst. She enjoyed traveling, having taken trips to Hawaii, Ireland, Alaska and a Wagon Train trip in the Bridger Tetons. She was very involved with and loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren dearly.

Wanda had a wonderful outlook on life and enjoyed interacting with people.

She is survived by son Randall (Deborah Martinsen) Butler, daughter Linda (Bill) Butler-Thompson; grandchildren Rory Butler, Melissa Keffer and Kendra Thompson; great-grandchildren Colton, Tenley, Addie and Warren; siblings Avalon Evans and Joyce Layman; numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

In addition to her loving husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and by her son Edmund Butler; siblings Viola Reed, Lawrence Shumaker, Lowell Shumaker, Vivian Shumaker and Carl Shumaker.

Wanda’s family sends a special thank you to the staff at Lexington Court Care Center for the care she received while she was a resident with them.

A Memorial Service honoring Wanda’s life will be held Tuesday, September 22, 2020 in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home beginning at 2 pm. Pastor Ben Weisbrod will officiate.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Wanda’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at SnyderFuneralHomes.com

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  • Randy & Deborah, Linda & Bill,

    My second mom is gone. Feels like a real art of my childhood is now vanished. The world is indeed smaller tonight.

    Wanda was a great example on so many levels – her “it’s gonna be alright” attitude was a great inspiration to me. And her service to our family was immeasurable. As was her service to her community.

    I’m just disappointed that none of us will ever get to try her world famous sweet potatoes or witness her passion for & love of dogs again.

    So terribly sorry for all of us who loved her.

    Love, Rick Evans

  • Daer Linda and Bill

    I am so sorry to here about your lose. Even though I can not know how you personally feel- I just know how I felt when I lost my mother not to long ago.

    It was truly a pleasure in knowing you both in our horse travels and my prayers truly go out to you and your family. (Rev 21:4)

  • My condolences in the loss of a wonderful woman and nursing educator. She impacted many in their nursing careers and was a great example of service to others. We were blessed to have her share her passion as an educator in the Practical Nursing Program during her tenure at North Central.

  • My Heart is broken. It was always special to see her every day. She called me her friend. She was my teacher when I was in LPN school. She is truly a Legend and it was an honor to care for her.

  • So very sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. She went to nursing school with my aunt and also was one of my LPN nursing instructors . She was a very caring person and will be missed.

  • Linda and bill. So sorry for the loss of your mother. I am sure you all have many great memories of times with her. Nancy Dingess

  • Condolences to Wanda’s family . She was my instructor at NCSC and such a good advocate for her students she will be missed wished all nurses had her dedication and compassion .

  • My condolences to Wanda’s family. Wanda was a mentor and friend. She always had a smile and was a great jokester. She touched so many lives. Prayers for her family.

  • My deepest sympathy to family and friends of Mrs. Butler. She was a wonderful teacher and confidant to me during her teaching years. She helped me become a better person during my year with her. She will always be loved and missed…

  • Mrs Butler was my instructor at Mid Ohio Practical Nursing Program..then Wanda for our bi -weekly breakfasts of old retired nurses at Der Dutchman..will miss a lovely lady and her dry wig..RIP

  • family of Wanda Butler, Sorry for your loss
    from a fellow Nurse
    Adriana Jane Beeching R.N class of 1946 MGH

  • Mrs Butler was my nursing instructor at the Mid Ohio Practical Nurse Program from September 1970-1971. So sorry for your loss.
    Mary Ann (Miller) Jacobs

  • So sorry to hear of Wanda’s passing. It was always a special treat when I would see her out and about town. We would catch up on everyone and talk about her years living next door. I know that you will miss her as she was a special person. May God hold you near during your time of need.

  • Wanda was an amazing person. She had the gift of hospitality, and always made you feel at home when you were at the farm. Deepest condolences to the family.