August 22, 1922 – March 30, 2014
Shirley Butler Lee, the fourth of the five children, was born August 22, 1922, in Trinidad, CO to Frank and Hattie Goodman. Her family moved to Los Angeles and later to Medford, OR when Shirley was in third grade. After graduation from high school in 1941, the country was already mobilizing for war, and Shirley moved to Portland, OR to work for Kaiser in the shipyards. There, she met and married Roger Butler. Shortly thereafter, they moved to Fresno, CA so Roger could work and play baseball for Roma Winery. In January of 1944, her only child, Roger Frank Butler, was born. In late 1947, Roger and Shirley purchased a house built by Dick Eklund, and Shirley lived in that house until her declining health which required her to move into Pacific Gardens where she received excellent care until her passing on Saturday, March 22, 2014. During most of her adult life, Shirley worked as a cake decorator in various bakeries in the Fresno and Clovis area, including Benson’s and Frugalettis. Everyone she knew benefited from her skill, receiving cakes on various special occasions. She married her second husband, Elmer, in 1975. She always put others ahead of herself and was quick to volunteer, when help was needed. She was a great hostess and particularly looked forward to putting on her traditional Christmas Eve party where a packed house enjoyed bountiful food and drink. She was an avid reader, and for many years, enjoyed playing bridge. She was a good mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She was loved and will be missed. She was a very positive person who loved life and enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. The family wishes to thank Pacific Gardens; Bright Horizon Hospice; and Dr. H. Le, for the care and consideration shown to Shirley. Shirley was preceded in death by her mother and father; her step-father, Joe Whyte; her husbands, Roger Butler, and Elmer Lee; her siblings, Bill Goodman and his wife Irene, Pat and her husbands Pug Hazelrigg and Dick Keosheyan, Virginia Johnson and her husband Karl, and Roy Goodman and his wife Elaine; her nephew, Rodger Johnson; and her niece, Sandra Ryan. She is survived by her son, Frank and his wife Joan; her grandsons, Matt and Nate Butler; her granddaughter, Christine Williams and her husband Damon; her great-grandchildren, Shawn Butler, Jackson and Alise Williams; and by numerous nieces and nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews. A Celebration of her Life will be held at Pardinis Catering on West Shaw in Fresno, CA on April 19, 2014, at 12:00 noon. Remembrances may be made to The Veterans Memorial Museum, 2425 Fresno Street, Fresno, CA 93721; or to the donor’s favorite charity.