Eva M. Butler

Eva Merle Butler, 96, of Ladoga, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, October 12, 2019, surrounded by her family. She was born on December 29, 1922, in Bainbridge, Indiana to the late W. Earl Staggs and Susan Mae Staggs. She married the love of her life, Lloyd “Coach” Butler on June 1, 1950. He preceded her in death.

Eva was very active in Roachdale Christian Church. She was an Avon representative for 30 years, a member of T.O.P.S. and the Friendly Square Dance Club. She loved to travel, spending time with her family and  her farm. Eva was an avid hummingbird watcher and she also enjoyed watching Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, playing bingo and doing crossword puzzles.

She is survived by 3 children; John Butler (companion Janet Fogleman), of Ladoga, Patricia and the late (Bill) Bright, of Delaware, Ohio, and Donald Ray Bassett (Wanita), of Greencastle. She had 9 grandchildren, Taneema (Greg) Norman, of Crawfordsville, Lisa (Dan) Goodman, of Ohio, and Donnie (Robin) Bassett, of Cloverdale. She had 9 great grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one brother and two sisters.

A private celebration of life was held at Servies & Morgan Funeral Home in Ladoga with Melvin Ford officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial gifts be made to the Roachdale Christian Church, 1 N. Walnut Street, Roachdale, IN 46172.

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3 thoughts on “Eva M. Butler

  • Lissa Mason

    John & family,

    Stan & I enjoyed Merle for years through the fertilizer plant and her Avon business. She was so much fun as we traveled together in the 1980’s on some of the seed company trips. A great loss but so much to celebrate of her many, well-lived years as a mother, grandmother & friend. Sending prayers for peace & comfort to you & your family in these difficult days.

  • Sandra (Warters) Henderson (grouch to you :))


    I am sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. I can barely remember visiting you and your folks with my grandparent, Raymond and Gaynelle when I was little. Then meeting your mom and you again when we lived down road. I remember her selling Avon and having a joyous laugh. She is remember fondly. Prayers for you and your family.

    • Trina Ford

      John and family,
      I am so sorry for your loss. I’m glad I had the pleasure to meet and care for Eva. You all are in my thoughts and prayers during this hard time.