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In Memory of Glennis Butler

Glennis Maud Butler was born May 31, 1922 at El Reno, Oklahoma to Sarah Maud Buck and Henry LaFayette Jobe and passed away on Sunday, April 26, 2020 at the age of 97.

Glennis was a resident of El Reno until moving to the Prairie View community southwest of Watonga with her family in 1932. Glennis married Jesse Lee Butler on July 3, 1938 and moved to California five months later. During the years in California, Jesse worked at the shipyard and built homes. Glennis worked together with her husband as a bookkeeper for their construction business and homemaker for the family. Two children were born to Glennis and Jesse before they returned home to Watonga.

In 1945 they purchased a service station on Highway 270 and 33, also known as the four corners in Watonga. In 1958, they returned to construction and formed Butler & Son Construction Company, subdividing 38 acres into three additions on the northwest side of Watonga where 85 homes were built. Butler & Son also built many other homes in surrounding towns and other areas in Blaine County. Glennis was a board member of the Watonga Housing Authority during this period. Aside from the construction business, Jesse and Glennis also farmed and raised cattle. In later years they owned an antique shop at the original site of their service station at four corners.

Glennis attended School at Watonga and was a member of the Eagle City Christian Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry LaFayette and Sarah “Sadie” Jobe, husband Jesse, sister Gladys Smith and husband Edward, sister Goldie J. Reagan and husband Bill, brother Clyde Jobe and wife Helen, brother Henry Jobe and wife Bernie, brother Duane Jobe, nephew Matthew Jobe, daughter Darlene Widney and son-in-law Wilford Widney, son LeRoy Butler and daughter-in-law Pris Butler, granddaughters Kelli Widney and Leslie Blair and grand son-in-law Mike Younkins.

She is survived by granddaughter Kandy Wilkinson and husband Brent, granddaughter Margo Lee Butler, grandson Kyle Widney and wife Laura, great-granddaughters Ashtyn and Kamry Widney, great-grandson Barkley Wilkinson, many nephews, nieces, as well as numerous other family and friends.

Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 restrictions only a private funeral service for Glennis will be held Friday, May 1st, 2020 at 2:00 P.M. at the Mt. Hope Cemetery in Fay, OK with Pastor Adam Lovitt officiating.

Arrangements by Wilkinson Mortuary of Watonga, OK. Memorial contributions may be made to the Li-Fraumeni Syndrome Association (

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