Obituary of Linda Sue Butterfield
Age 75, of Mt. Morris, passed away Tuesday, March 28, 2023, at home with her family by her side. In accordance with Linda’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial service will take place at 12:00 noon, Monday, April 3, 2023, at Mt. Morris Church of Christ. Pastor Jim Watson to officiate. Burial at Great Lakes National Cemetery will be scheduled for a later time. Linda’s family will be present to receive friends from 10:00 am until the time of service at 12:00 noon. For those friends who are not able to attend in person, please visit the church website to view the live stream. Memorial contributions may be directed to Rochester University or Michigan Christian Youth Camp. Expressions of sympathy may be placed on Linda’s tribute wall at martinfuneralhome.com
Linda was born in Flint on April 8, 1947, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elton and Mae (Nobile) Smith. Upon graduating from Flint Southwestern High School in 1965, Linda proudly enlisted in the United States Navy, where she met the love of her life, James Butterfield, at the Great Lakes Naval Station. They were united in marriage on August 1, 1967. After leaving her service in the Navy Hospital Corps, Linda went to work at Michigan Bell Telephone. Just as she had done when she became the first female bagger for Hamady Brothers, Linda charted the course for other women, becoming the first female framer for Bell Telephone in California. Linda was a member of the Mt. Morris Church of Christ, where she was known for her support of missionaries and her service to the church’s older members, particularly by writing letters and sending cards. For over a decade after she retired, she volunteered in McLaren’s Hospital Auxiliary. Although Linda was not able to attend college, she ensured that many other young people did with her generous donations to Rochester University in Rochester Hills, Michigan. When Linda wasn’t serving others, she enjoyed numerous pastimes, including bowling, golf, reading, attending, and watching skating competitions, of which she skated at Skateland and won 3rd place in the International Skating League, and visiting relatives all over the country. Linda was an avid Flint Firebirds Hockey fan and was very passionate about the game. She loved to travel and enjoyed many cruises. She will be greatly missed.
Left to cherish Linda’s memory are her husband, Jim Butterfield; brother, Ron Smith; sisters: Karen (Art) Wynn, and Patricia (Jack) Cheek; numerous nieces and nephews; and her beloved cat, Minnie.
Linda was preceded in death by her parents.