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Grace Butts, 76 – Passed October 12, 2021

Grace Elizabeth (Babbitt) Butts, 76, of Mountain Grove, Missouri, was born January 2, 1945, in rural Cass Township, Missouri, to the late Loren and Evelyn (Mead) Babbitt. She was called to her heavenly home on Tuesday, October 12, 2021, at Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston, Missouri, with family at her side.

On June 2, 1962, she married the love of her life, Elster Butts, and they shared 59 years of marriage together. To this union three children were born, Harold, Karla, and Kirby.

Grace served the Lord faithfully since the time of her salvation at a young age. She took her job seriously of raising her little family up to love the Lord and faithfully serve Him. Her heart was so filled with joy and God that every morning she would be singing hymns while fixing breakfast. Elster and Grace were longtime members of Cornerstone Free Will Baptist Church.

Grace was a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother and absolutely adored her family. She was an excellent cook and avid gardener. She did whatever was needed to take care of her family. After working all day, Grace would take the time every evening to ride bikes, play softball (which she was really good at) and badminton with the kids. She was great with kids. They always teased her saying it was because she was a kid at heart.

She loved to laugh; she would have the whole family rolling with laughter. She also had a serious side. If there was an accident or someone needed help, she would always stop and help in any way she could. When Grace opened the door to anyone, she opened her heart, too.

Grace was preceded in death by her husband, Elster Butts; parents, Loren and Evelyn Babbitt; sister, Bonnie Lozano; brother, Kenneth Babbitt; and niece, Arlynda Beuterbaugh.

She leaves behind her son, Harold Butts and wife Sheri,of Springfield, Missouri; daughter, Karla Swisher and husband Jeff of Wentworth, Missouri; son, Kirby Butts of Mountain Grove; eight grandchildren, Elizabeth Butts, Deanna Wright, Emily Swisher, Kirstie Swisher, Ethan Butts, Nate Butts, Travis Butts, and Cheyenne Butts; two great-grandchildren; sister-in- law, Charlotte Crowe and husband Bob of Mountain Grove; niece, Leslie Rose and husband James of Rogersville, Missouri; and numerous other dear family and friends who will miss her.

Visitation was held Saturday, October 16, 2021, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. at Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home, Mountain Grove. Funeral services followed the visitation at 2:00 p.m., also at the funeral home, with Rev. Justin Lawson officiating. Song selections were “When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder” and “Sweet By And By” sung by Michael Wright. Another musical selection was “Jealous Of The Angels.” Dale Melton, Allen Melton, Ethan Butts, Jamie Lane, Isaac Wright, and Cody Bryant served as pallbearers. Burial was in Providence Cemetery, Cabool, Missouri, under the direction of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home, Mountain Grove.