Phyllis Butz |

Phyllis Butz

A celebration of life for Phyllis Butz will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 29, at the Auburn Arts Building, 808 Lincoln Way in Auburn.

Mrs. Butz died Friday, Feb. 13. She was 75.

She was born Sept. 26, 1928, in Long Beach to Vernon H. Taylor and Jessie Marie Smith. She attended school in Lomita, Berkeley and Crockett, graduating from John Swett High School in 1945. She then attended U.C. Berkeley for three years. She married Elmer Butz in 1948, and they lived in Downieville briefly before moving to Auburn in 1949. She worked for the Auburn Public Library, the Mountain Valley Library System, and Sierra College. She served as chapter president and district representative of the AFS International Exchange Program. She was on the board of the Friends of the Placer County Library and the Arts Council of Placer County. She co-owned Mountain House Books in Nevada City for the past 20 years.

She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law Kathleen Butz and Leonard Berardi of Nevada City and Susie and Gary Ford of Davis; son and daughter-in-law, Peter and Renee Butz of Vashon Island, Wash.; son, Lance Omeje of Fresno; grandchildren Jon, Taylor, Evan, Michael and Phillip; seven step-grandchildren; sister, Nancy Jessen; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews; and friend, Jimmy Robinson.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Arts Council of Placer County, 808 Lincoln Way, Auburn 95603, or Sutter Auburn Faith Hospice, 11795 Education St., Suite 224, Auburn 95602.

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