Butch Mae Dailey was born on May 4, 1931 in Okemah, Oklahoma, to Daniel and Ethel Cochran and passed away at her home in Mountain Grove, Missouri, on January 27, 2012. She passed away after a brief battle with melanoma cancer. Butch was 80 years old.
Butch grew up in Okemah, Oklahoma, and moved to Lynwood, California, in 1941. A few years later, she moved with her family to Farmersville, California, where she saw John C. Dailey walking down her street. It was love at first sight. John and Butch were married on November 26, 1947 and together they had three beautiful daughters, Judy, Anita, and Karen.
Butch worked in a cannery, as a waitress, and picking cotton but to Butch family was everything. John and Butch moved to Missouri along with their family in May of 1990. She was always very family oriented and very active with her family. She loved to having family gatherings, getting her hair done, and she was an avid bowler. Butch loved to laugh and was not afraid to speak her mind. She was full of laughter and love, especially when she was with her children and grandchildren. She will always live on in the lessons she taught, the warmth she gave in their hearts, and the smiles that always kept them going in the times when they needed them the most.
Butch was preceded in death by her parents, Daniel and Ethel Cochran, and two brothers, Roy and Raymond Cochran.
Butch is survived by her husband of 64 years, John Dailey of Mountain Grove; her daughters, Judy and Don Dodson of Crown Point, Indiana, Anita Waara and fiancé Mike Warner of Mountain Grove, and Karen and Dave Kayser of Fordland, Missouri; her grandchildren, Sharon Russo of Springfield, Missouri, Tracy and James Dodd of Cabool, Missouri, Jennifer Dailey of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Jessica and Aaron Fry of Mountain Grove, and Haylee Waara, Mountain Grove; her great-grandchildren, PFC Brett Tomboc of Springfield, Kristen Tomboc and Scott Dangler of Mountain Grove, Emily and Samuel Dodd of Cabool, and James, Christopher, Hunter, and Zachery Fry of Mountain Grove; and her great-great-grandchild, Orin Dangler of Mountain Grove.
Graveside services were held on Tuesday, January 31, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. in Hillcrest Cemetery. Speaking was Jeff Waara. Special songs were “Near You” and “Amazing Grace.” Serving as pallbearers were James Dodd, Willie Williams, Aaron Fry, Scott Dangler, Dave Kayser, Mike Warner, and Jeff Waara. Burial was under the direction of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home.