Larkin Mortuary

Shirley Coates Butterfield

07/25/1926 - 09/20/2017

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Our beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother passed away Wednesday, September 20, 2017.  Shirley was born July 25, 1926 to Ralph and Glenneth Coates in Hunter, Utah. After graduating from Jordan High School, Shirley married Eldon Butterfield in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple on June 2, 1944. Eldon passed away in 1999 after celebrating 55 years of marriage.

Shirley was a full-time partner with Eldon in the sheep and farming business. She handled all the finances, moving sheep camps, driving hay trucks, buying supplies for the sheepherders, and so many other responsibilities. Her hands were never idle.

Shirley had many talents that included quilting, crochet, knitting, and baking (delicious cookies, rolls, and pies).  Her many homemade items were given to family and friends and donated to local hospitals. Shirley just loved being with family and friends, shopping, sweets (especially donuts), and traveling with her husband, children, and niece and best friend, Maxine.  She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and held many church callings during her lifetime.

She is survived by: four sons, Craig (Nadine), Clay (Sharon), Jay (Kelly), Bret (Colleen); twelve grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; sister, Patsy Dumas (Jim); and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Eldon; parents; brother, Lamar Coates; and, great-grandchild, Branson Smith.

The family is so grateful for the exceptional care Shirley received at home over the years from Home Option’s dedicated caregivers.  Special thanks to Lacey, Joann, Chelsee, and Sandra.

Funeral services will be held Monday, September 25, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Larkin Mortuary of Riverton, 3688 West 12600 South, Riverton, UT 84065. A viewing will be held at the mortuary on Sunday, September 24, 2017 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. and Monday morning from 9:30-10:45 a.m. prior to the funeral service. Interment at Herriman City Cemetery.



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  • I love Shirley, I have lots of fond memories of her as I was growing up in Herriman, and in the later years my husband and I went on some Temple tours, with many people from the area, Shirley and Maxine included, we had so much fun with them, We send our love and sympathy to all of you family members.

    — gail and darlene oakeson
  • We want to send our love to all the Butterfield family. We are out of town and will not be able to attend. We have so many great memories. May you feel God’s love and strength.

    — Boyd and Diane Hamilton