Karen Ruth Butler-Hawkins

April 04, 1941 - March 15, 2012

Karen Ruth Butler-Hawkins

April 04, 1941 - March 15, 2012

Obituary

Karen Ruth (Thompson) Butler-Hawkins passed from this life into the arms of the Lord on March 15, 2012 after fighting a courageous battle against cancer. She was born on April 4, 1941 to Eldon C. and Rosalie Thompson. She was raised in Muskogee, Oklahoma and graduated from Muskogee High Class of 59. She attended Hillcrest School of Nursing and graduated August 1962. She began her nursing career at Hillcrest. On December 21, 1963 she married Charles L. Butler. She and Charlie founded Butler’s Chapel of the Roses in 1966. She continued to work at Hillcrest through the 60s and 70s where she rose to become Head Nurse of the Recovery Room. In 1976 she and Charlie started Goodtime Charlie’s Conglomeration, a unique restaurant in Tulsa. By 1980 Karen and Charlie decided to move their family to Rogers, Arkansas. While in Arkansas Karen used her nursing skills to obtain work in several different settings. She was a claims supervisor for a health insurance company and an Occupational Health Nurse at the Little Debbie factory in Gentry, Arkansas. Her children loved this job the most because there was always Little Debbies at the house. In 1988, she and Charlie made their way back to Tulsa where she worked in Occupational Health at McDonnell-Douglas, Home Health for Hillcrest and finally as a wound care management nurse at Oklahoma State University Med Center. After a near 50 year career providing care and love to her patients she retired in April 2011. Mom was preceded in death by her parents and husband Charlie. Karen again found joy when she remarried James E. Hawkins of Wilburton on February 14, 2008. During the last five years of her life she divided her time between Tulsa and Wilburton building her dream home on a peaceful, secluded piece of land in the foothills of the Sanbois Mountains. She is survived by her husband James, her children and spouses Chera Hereford (Jim), Charles L. Butler III (Corie), Chad Butler (Paula), Charles R. Butler (Veronica) Sharon Segerblom (Tick), Steve Moon (Rachel) and seventeen grandchildren. She also leaves behind five brothers: Dr. Patrick Thompson, Michael J. Thompson, Dr. Eldon C. “Tommy” Thompson, Daniel M. Thompson, Marty Thompson and a great host of nieces, nephews and friends. She loved life, gardening, cooking and being surrounded by family. Whenever we feel the wind in our hair or the warmth of the sun on our faces, we will feel her presence and know we are loved. Condolences may be sent through the guestbook on this page.

Funeral Service

  • Date & Time: March 19, 2012 (11:00 AM)
  • Venue: Butler-Stumpff & Dyer Funeral Home & Crematory
  • Location: 2103 E 3rd St Tulsa, OK 74104 - (Get Directions)

Visitation

  • Date & Time: March 18, 2012 (12:00 PM - 6:00 PM)
  • Venue: Butler-Stumpff & Dyer Funeral Home & Crematory
  • Location: 2103 E 3rd St Tulsa, OK 74104 - (Get Directions)

Visitation

  • Date & Time: March 18, 2012 (1:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
  • Venue: Butler-Stumpff & Dyer Funeral Home & Crematory
  • Location: 2103 E 3rd St Tulsa, OK 74104 - (Get Directions)

Visitation

  • Date & Time: March 17, 2012 (11:00 AM - 8:00 PM)
  • Venue: Butler-Stumpff & Dyer Funeral Home & Crematory
  • Location: 2103 E 3rd St Tulsa, OK 74104 - (Get Directions)

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29 responses to Karen Ruth Butler-Hawkins

  1. Ron says:

    Wonderful memories. Many good times and a few sad. Will always be remembered, never forgotten. What a great lady……….

  2. Hal Mcneely says:

    Dan, Cher, Lit, Chad, & Charles, I tried to make it to Tulsa for Karen's funeral but could not. I just wanted you all to know that my heart-felt sympathy goes out to each of you. I will remember all the wonderful times we had with Karen and that will help lessen the pain and sorrow I have about losing her. I hope to talk with you soon, and please email me if you have the opportunity as it would be great to reconnect, Always, Hal

  3. Christy Lyke says:

    I worked with Karen many years at Hillcrest and Hillcrest Home Health Care. She was one of the kindest, friendliest, and most caring nurses I have ever known. Her gentle spirit will be missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of her family.

  4. Bonnie Daye says:

    Karen left a wonderful legacy of good works she did for others. She will be greatly missed.

  5. What a beautiful person thru and thru. I graduated with Karen. And what a privledge to have to opportunity to share friendships with her. To all her family we have lost a wonderful classmate and friend.

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