OBITUARY

Audrey Gwendolyn Butler

May 20, 1950April 26, 2021

Audrey Gwendolyn Butler, was born May 20,1950 in Bronx, New York, to the late Lossie Lorraine Brown and Charles Lester Brown. She was the oldest of two siblings; a brother Dean (who preceded her in death) and her baby sister, Gwendolyn. “Queen Audrey,” as she was affectionally called, was an out-going young girl who excelled academically. After graduating from James Monroe High School, she traveled and lived for a period of time in North Dakota. Ultimately Audrey returned to her Bronx roots; she worked while attending college. At the suggestion of her Uncle Randy, who was visiting NY, he urged her to join him and his family in California. Audrey decided to move – never regretting her decision.

Audrey aka: “Miss City Brown,” acclimated to life in Sacramento, seamlessly, making long-time friendships wherever she was. Her charisma, her natural-born humor, and her out-going personality was infectious. A Queen indeed!

While driving home (on South 99) in 1976 she caught the eye of a potential suitor (a stalker by today’s standards-Lol), who could not take his eyes off her. He gestured for her to exit on 47th Avenue. It was in the parking lot of a fruit stand that they exchanged pleasantries and—poof like magic, she fell in love with her best friend and soulmate the late Edward Francis Butler. Excitingly, she called her sister Gwen in NY to tell her that she had just met “Teddy Pendergrass.” They were married shortly thereafter, and from this union their beautiful and loving daughter, LaShanni was born.

Honoring their wedding vows, they were inseparable. Hence, they coined their unique love phrase where “Ma-Go-Pa-Go.” They remained committed partners in love for 39 years; Ed entered paradise in December, 2015.

Audrey’s favorite pastimes included spending time with her family and friends, fulfilling her spiritual callings, watching her beloved New York Giants or Yankees, “Cooper’s Bookies” (a Book Club she started), “Tyler Perry Tuesdays,” and Happy Hour Wednesdays with son-in-love, Jose.

Audrey’s work history spanned over 50+ years; she was a dedicated and invaluable asset to all employers. She exemplified poise, dignity and professionalism in the workplace--always going beyond to help others. Notably she worked at Cal State Sacramento, University of California, Davis Medical Center, and after retiring she returned to work with the Sacramento City Unified School District, at Woodbine Elementary School. Ms. Audrey was loved and adored by the students, parents, teachers and staff. She also was the Business Owner of City Craft Jewelry and Co-Owner of Chef Ed’s Salads, Soups, Sandwiches and Organic Juices.

During her retirement, Audrey started “Say WHAT! Ministry” (Women Have A Testimony) to encourage and minister God’s Word to her sisters in Christ. She was a devoted Intercessory Prayer Warrior. She blessed so many through her anointed words of wisdom, combined with her common-sense, and no-nonsense approach to life.

In 2017 Audrey began traveling with her devoted daughter, LaShanni and her son-in-love Jose. They traveled to Tulum, Mexico, Montego Bay, Jamaica, and the aka “Mama B’s Cruise” to Barcelona, Amalfi Coast, Naples, Tuscany, Rome, Florence, Nice, Monaco, and Cannes, Mallorca.

On April 26, 2021 she received her wings, after her courageous battle with cancer. Everyone is encouraged to consider making a love-donation in her Memory to the American Cancer Society at donate3.cancer.org

She leaves to cherished her life and legacy, to her beloved and devoted daughter, LaShanni; her Son-in-Love, Jose Daniel Rosa, Jr. M.D; Sister, Gwen Jones (James); Aunts, Diane Cook and Barbara Cook; Uncles, Matthew Cook, and David Cook (Lanette), and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, Sista-friends and lifelong friends. She will be missed.

“Rest in Paradise Queen”

Services

8 May

Celebration of Life

1:00 pm

Harry A. Nauman & Son

Large Chapel

4041 Freeport Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95822

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