Virginia Butner

March 10, 1919September 7, 2018

Dorothea Virginia Butner, 99, of Overland Park, Kansas passed away on Friday, September 7, 2018.

She was born on March 10, 1919 in Calera, Alabama. Virginia was the daughter of Floyd Glenn and Eula Bell (Crawford) Saunders.

She married James B. Butner on December 9, 1940. James worked for Frisco Railroad and they were transferred to Kansas City in 1956. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and homemaker. She also worked part-time at Sonshine School (Mother's Day Out) at Overland Park Church of Christ. Most important to James and Virginia was their faith and family.

From their union they had three children, Gary Butner of Merriam, Kansas, Sharron Greene and husband, Trent and Melinda Smith and husband, Scotty, four grandchildren, Michelle Kester, Jennifer Beuscher, Brian Greene and Kelli Smith, four great-grandchildren, Devon Beuscher, Riley Beuscher, Emmett Kester and Virginia (Jinx) Kester.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, James Beryl Butner on December 3, 2008, her brother, Floyd Glenn Saunders Jr. and sister, Ella Rebecca Scott.


  • Floyd Glenn Saunders (deceased), Father
  • Eula Bell (Crawford) Saunders (deceased), Mother
  • Floyd Glenn Saunders, Jr. (deceased), Brother
  • Ella Rebecca Scott (deceased), Sister
  • James Beryl Butner (deceased), Husband
  • Gary Butner, Son
  • Sharron Greene, Daughter
  • Trent Greene, Son-in-law
  • Melinda Smith, Daughter
  • Scotty Smith, Son-in-law
  • Michelle Kester, Granddaughter
  • Jennifer Beuscher, Granddaughter
  • Brian Greene, Grandson
  • Kelli Smith, Granddaughter
  • Devon Beuscher, Great-grandson
  • Riley Beuscher, Great-grandson
  • Emmett Kester, Great-grandson
  • Virginia (Jinx) Kester, Grand-daughter


  • Visitation Wednesday, September 12, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, September 12, 2018
  • Graveside Service at Elmwood Cemetery in Birmingham, Alabama Friday, September 28, 2018

Virginia Butner

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Mary Davis

September 26, 2018

Mrs. Butner was always so nice when my sister and I came over to her house. She talked about Birmingham a lot--I see that she was buried there. She thought so much of her husband and children. She always seemed so happy. I can still hear her laugh. I'm glad she was able to have a long life.