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Alice M. Butler

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Alice Maxcine (O’Rourke) Butler, age 80, a lifelong resident of Gaylord, Michigan, passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 29, 2021, at home, with her daughter by her side.

She was born in the family home in Gaylord, on April 25, 1941, the youngest child of Joseph and Mabel (Salsbury) O’Rourke.

Alice had amazing intelligence and an offbeat sense of humor. She spent her life working with the public in the service industry. These places included Vin’s Rustic Bar, the Chalet Restaurant, Michaywe Clubhouse, and the ski slopes. She eventually retired from Walmart.

Alice belonged to the Fraternal Order of Eagles Ladies Auxiliary for many years.

Playing euchre and going to the casino were a couple of Alice’s favorite things to do. She also enjoyed traveling, camping, and dancing. Many of her travels took her outside of the Michigan borders, these include trips to Ireland and England. Also, in true snowbird fashion, she spent the winter in Florida for the past several years.

Alice is survived by her daughter, Jill (Daniel Rogers) Summers of Gaylord; son, James Summers Jr. of Marion, IL.; grandchildren, Amy Hood of Columbia, TN and Michael Summers of Elkhart, IN.; brother, J. Edward (Mae) O’Rourke of Vanderbilt; sister, Lorena (David) Balconi of Gladwin; and sister-in-law, Juanita O’Rourke of Gaylord. Also, surviving Alice are several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and cousins. Some of her “bonus family members” surviving include Jesse Lee Butler of Portland, ME, Victoria Ciszewski of Gaylord, and Douglas Ciszewski of Elmira.

Alice was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, James Summers and Vernie “Gene” Butler; an infant sister, Alice Marie O’Rourke; brothers, Virgil O’Rourke of Ashland, TN, and Alfred O’Rourke of Gaylord; and her best friend, Arthur Ciszewski of Elmira and his son, Jeffrey Ciszewski of Gaylord.

Funeral services will be held at the Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Services on Saturday, September 11, 2021, at 12:00 p.m., with visitation beginning at 10:00 a.m. Graveside services will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Gaylord with a luncheon to be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Munson Home Health or to the American Cancer Society. Donation information can be found at the links provided below Alice’s picture.

Arrangements were entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, PO Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.

8 comments on “Alice M. Butler”

  1. A beautiful lady and friend. Many nights spent playing cards with her and Gene. Always fun. A great smile and laugh. She will be missed. Heaven has a new soul.

    • Anita Franckowiak

      So sorry to hear this. I first met Alice when we worked together at Vins, on and off over the years. I Will remember her in my prayers. Anita Franckowiak

      • Dear Jill& Jimmy
        All the years i knew your Mother ( my sister in law) at the time she was a very loving gracious woman so sorry for your loss! i can still here her laughter thinking of you’s today Jill & Jimmy MY whole heartable Condolences!!! Your Ex Aunt Janet Gibler

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