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Yvonne Butler

Yvonne Butler, 98, of Cavalier, ND, passed away Thurs., Jan. 2, 2020 at the Pembina County Memorial Hospital, Cavalier. Prior to her death, Yvonne resided at Wedgewood Manor, Cavalier, where she had lived since November 2011. Internment services will be at the North Dakota Veteran’s Cemetery in Mandan, ND. A family memorial service will be held this summer in Yvonne’s hometown of Towner, ND.

Yvonne was born Aug. 15, 1921 to Andrew and Olga Jorgenson Thorson on the family farm near Towner, ND. Yvonne was the oldest of four children. She graduated from Towner High School and worked as a secretary in the McHenry County Courthouse where she met Thomas (David) Butler. He enlisted in the Army and while stationed near Laguna Beach, Calif. Yvonne traveled to California, where they were united in marriage on Nov. 9, 1944 at North Chapel, Camp Hann, Calif.

They moved to Cavalier with their young son Tom Jr. in 1955 when Tom Sr. came to practice law with H.B. Spiller. Yvonne assisted with secretarial work in her husband’s law practice for many years. They were members of the First United Methodist Church and Yvonne was an active member of the First United Methodist Women, the Civitas Club, Homemaker’s Club and Prairie Hills Gallery.

Survivors include her children, Lanny (Diane) Butler, Crozet, VA and Deb (Rick)Torkelson, Washburn, ND; grandchildren, Elisabeth Butler, Richmond, VA.; Andrew Butler, Washington, DC; Amy (Brandon) Miller, Sammamish, WA.;  Katie Torkelson, Redmond, WA.; great-grandchildren, Nathan and Luke Miller; and sisters, Alyce Rasmusson, Longview, WA and Dori Lund, Minneapolis.

Yvonne was preceded in death by her husband, Tom, parents, Andrew and Olga, son Tom, son Jeff, and brother, Shorty.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials in honor of Yvonne be sent to Wedgewood Manor in Cavalier, where the staff treated her with love, care and respect. 


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Dear Deb and Lanny and family, Yvonne was a wonderful person and friend. I have so many great memories of growing up around your family. I loved all of you so much. You are all in my prayers in the time ahead. Blessings to all during this sad time.

Sheila Sturlaugson Jan 13 2020 12:00 AM

Yvonne's Family, It did not seem that long ago that your Mom was independent and able to get around. When she would call Faith in Action for rides she was always so pleasant and happy to be able to get to her appointments. A good conversation was always in store-with lots of history and sharing of many stories. May you be surrounded by memories that provide comfort and support through this saddened time. Our deepest sympathy to all of you, Don & Michelle Murray

Michelle Murray Jan 6 2020 12:00 AM


Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this difficult time. Our sympathies to all of you.
Brad and Laurie Papenfuss

Laurie Papenfuss Jan 6 2020 12:00 AM

.They did not have any hunks of cheese, or sausage, or a Winger cheese logo for the graphical sentiment, because that is what I was looking for. My mom and dad would tell me I had enough cheese, but I loved it so! Yvonne would get this little mischievous smile on her face, in fact, you can kind of see it in this picture of her. And she would sneak more cheese to me, and probably a sugar cookie, too.

Margit Jean Lund Jan 6 2020 12:00 AM

Mrs. Butler,
You were loved more than you ever knew.

Kathleen Quinn Amato Jan 5 2020 12:00 AM

Lanny, Deb and families, My sympathy to all of you as you say goodbye and remember your mom. May God comfort you in the days, weeks and months ahead. Sandra (Schuster) Maine

Sandra Maine Jan 4 2020 12:00 AM