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Homegoing Celebration for Mrs. Lenora Butler

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By Cheryl Brown

Mrs. Lenora Butler was well known in the Rubidoux area of Riverside. She was mother to her own nine children and then she mothered an entire neighborhood.

Last Friday her life was celebrated at the Kansas Ave. Seventh Day Adventist Church in Riverside. It was the only place large enough for the numbers of family and well wishers attending the service. Her pastor and son, Rev. DeWayne Butler, eulogized his mother.
Mrs. Butler is also the mother of Rev. Bernell Butler and the aunt of Tyisha Miller, (who was killed by four Riverside police officers).
Family and friends remembered her as a disciplinarian. She was feared and she was persistent. She believed strongly in the importance of finding God as opposed to being a churchgoer. And she set her children straight with the word of God. Sometimes they had to find Him the hard way but they have all found Him, reported a friend.
Mrs. Butler’s husband Larence preceeded her in death (1999). They were married for nearly 55 years.
Mrs. Butler was a member of Bright Light COGIC and served as Church Mother. She considered homemaking her greatest work.
Born in Ashdown, Arkansas on June 30 1929 to George and Julyer Clark Lenox, she was the youngest of seven children. She came to California with her parents and in 1944 she met Larence who proposed immediately. They were married in 1944 in Allensworth, California. In 1954 they moved to Rubidoux, CA on the corner of 26th Street and Hall Ave. where she resided until her death.
"There were many who would seek her advice on that corner," said her son Bernell, who still resides in the home complex. He describes his mother as the rock of the family, the spiritual warrior who taught them the word of God.
On September 13, Mother Butler received her reward and was called home to be with the Lord. The family came from all over the nation to pay their respects to her memory and celebrate her life.
She leaves to cherish her memory, six sons: Lawrence Butler, Jr., Pastor DeWayne Butler, Perliss L. Butler, Larry W. Butler, Elder Bernell Butler, Victor A. Butler, the seventh son, Christopher D. Butler (grandson); two daughters: Deloris Butler and Freda M. Butler; thirty-nine grandchildren; thirty-two great grandchildren; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

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