Lorane Fay (Simmons) Butcher, daughter of the late William Aaron and Francis (Strong) Simmons, was born Feb. 20, 1925 in Sweden, Douglas Co, Missouri, and passed away February 5, 2021 in Ozark, Missouri. She was 95 years,11 months and 15 days of age.
Lorane was also preceded in death by her husband, Joda Anderson Butcher (1920-1977), brothers, Norman L Simmons and Jimmie E. Simmons and sister Anabelle Combs.
When Lorane and Joda moved to San Francisco in 1951, she became a Giants baseball fan. She was a Wednesday Ladies Day, regular visitor to Candle Stick Park; her picture was on the newspaper front page one year on opening day. Lorane volunteered all her life including the Brownie Troup, Girl Scouts, children’s swim team, and was a terrific chauffeur for visiting family and friends to any place they wanted to go regardless of how many times she had already been there.
During their 1964 retirement in Ozark, Missouri, Lorane joined the Utopia Club, loved to volunteer at their annual Ozark Fall Craft Fair, and was a member all her life. Lorane never stopped moving; she liked to travel especially with the Ozark Bank Charter trips. She also became an avid golf tournament viewer; she knew all the famous players names and their PGA rankings.
Lorane was an avid reader of books and especially the newspaper. She liked working in her yard, was especially fond of iris, peonies, and her beloved rose garden. She regularly attended the First Baptist Church in Ozark until her health declined. She always remembered birthdays, anniversaries, and was known for her special pies and cakes for any occasion. She was an inspiration to all that knew her.
Lorane is survived by her daughter Joyce (Butcher) Hall, husband Robert of Mound City, Missouri and Palm City, Florida, step-sons, Dr. Gary Hall of Florida and Robert Ray Hall of Georgia, step-granddaughters, Lauren Hall of Independence, Missouri and Sarah Hall of Denver, Colorado and adopted Godsons, Bryan and Jason Engle of Ozark, Missouri. She will be greatly missed by many nieces and nephews and her friends in Ozark, Missouri.
Visitation will be from noon until 1:30 PM Monday, April 26, 2021 in Adams Funeral Home, Ozark. A graveside service will be at 2:00 PM the same day in Springfield National Cemetery, Springfield,
The family wishes to extend gratitude and recognition to the Ozark Nursing Care Center and Compassus Hospice assistants for their medical and compassionate care during this period of Lorane’s life.
In Lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Utopia Club at P.O. Box 2013, Ozark, MO 65721. Memorial donations in Lorane’s name may be made to the GFWC Utopia Club of Ozark.