Evelyn Butalla

Obituary

Posted: Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Former Juneau resident Evelyn "Ev" Bernadina Butalla died Aug. 31, 2007, at Memorial Hospital in Yakima, Wash. She was 80.

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She was born May 7, 1927, to Antone and Barbara Malesich Butalla in Roseberry, Idaho. She was the second of five children, all of whom have preceded her death.

Orphaned at the age of 15, in 1942, she and her three sisters spent several years at St. Joseph's Catholic Orphanage, just outside of Lewiston, Idaho. Her brother, John, was raised at the famous Boy's Town. She was eventually sent to a family in California to work before returning to Idaho. She graduated from St. Theresa Catholic High School in 1946.

In the late 1940s and early 1950s, she worked in Boise, Reno, Nev., and Las Vegas as a vocalist and later on cruise ships traveling all over the world as a hostess. She returned to Idaho and settled in Boise, where she raised her son, Robin, working as a court reporter during the day and at the Downtowner Hotel in the evenings until 1977.

During this time, she met the Brewer family and Violet Brewer, called "Granny," who was a major influence in her life, helping to care for and raise her son.

She was married to one of Granny's sons, Tony Brewer, for a period of time in the early 1950s, and to John Raymond, of Nevada.

In 1977, she moved to Seattle, where she worked for the state Department of Transportation before joining the U.S. Coast Guard Marine Inspection Office as a civilian personnel clerk. In 1981, she transferred to Anchorage, where she continued employment with the U.S. Coast Guard as a vessel documentation specialist. In 1982, she was posted to Juneau.

She moved into another position with the Coast Guard in 1990, working as a paralegal specialist until retiring in 1994 from the Juneau office with many commendations and service awards.

She was preceded in death by her parents; in 1979, only son, Robin Raymond; sisters, Mary Butalla, Helen Holmes and Grace Quinn; brother, John Butalla; mother-in-law, Violet Brewer; and nephews Raymond Quinn and Brian Butalla.

She is survived by her sisters-in-law, Cheryl Brewer and Bobbie Brewer, of Boise, and Delores Seeley, of Florida; brothers-in-law, Michael Quinn, of Washington, and George Brewer, of California; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews in Washington, Florida and California.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Morris Hill Cemetery in Boise. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Bishop Kelly Foundation, Robin J. Raymond Scholarship Fund, 7009 Franklin Road, Boise, ID, 83709.



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