We’ll keep this brief, so she doesn’t have to give us the cut sign. Anne Skinner Butler left us on July 21, 2015 after a nine year battle with renal carcinoma. She is enjoying a reunion with her parents, Chloe Lines and Wilford Clyde Skinner, and her brother, Francis Del. Anne’s legacy is carried on by her husband, Shirl, and her children Cristi Gleason, Lisa Limb, Robyn (Greg) Jaffers, Michael (Brittane), David Scott (Erin), and Richard and 19 grandchildren – all of whom were wrapped in blankets she made earning her Young Womanhood Recognition award in her 50s. She is survived by her brothers Gerald (Judy) Skinner and Lynn (Joyce) Skinner and her sister Jean (Ronald) Jacobson.
Anne was born in Graham, Arizona on March 18, 1943. She was always proud to be from the Gila Valley and seemed to run in to someone from “home” wherever she was. She met her sweetheart, Shirl, at Arizona State University, where she graduated with a degree in Elementary Education. She just missed celebrating their 50th anniversary together. Anne taught school in the Tempe Unified School District and then taught her children many valuable lessons: we don’t call people “ugly” we call them “handsome” or “friend;” we should save that, someone might use it; everything is better with a little canned milk; you can never listen to the Statler Brothers too much; and don’t chinch on the sauce. She also passed on her love of reading. Anne was a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served wherever she was asked, but she especially loved going to girls’ camp. She liked eating out and we hope she is enjoying a cold cherry coke and a nice filet, unless they have George’s spaghetti there.
Visitation is Monday, July 27, 2015 from 6-8 PM at the Mesa Arizona Alma Stake Center, 2300 W. Javelina Ave., Mesa, AZ. Funeral services are Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 11 AM, with visitation at 10 AM, at the same location. Arrangements by Bunker’s Garden Chapel.
Dear Shirl and Family, Our love and prayers go out to you in your loss. We are all grateful for the Plan of Salvation and know that you will be able to be with Anne again.
It was a great privilege to know Ann. We will all miss her very much. We send our love to all the family.
To Mrs. Butler’s family, I’m very sorry for your loss. I wanted to offer you some comfort that I’ve found in the Bible. In John 11:25 Jesus said “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who exercises faith in me, even though he dies, will come to life.” It’s my hope that you can draw comfort and strength from this promise that we can see our dead loved ones again.