Gertie Butler was a dear friend and a passionate advocate for Heifer and its model and mission. Her love and dedication to Heifer Foundation was displayed annually at the Trustee Dinner she hosted for more than a decade. She loved her community, state and those less fortunate. She always reminded us that “Dick believed in the Endowment of Heifer Foundation, take good care!” She bestowed her wisdom and encouragement during those treasured times and we will be eternally grateful for her faith, love, friendship and support.
Gertie did not live in isolation, but in community. She loved her city and state dearly but her legacy of service made its way around the world! We are better individuals because we knew her and she will be missed!
Gertie passed away in the early morning hours of September 29, 2007. She was preceded in death by her husband Richard C. Butler who served on Heifer Foundation’s Board of Trustee. She leaves to cherish one son Richard Butler, Jr.