Carol Jeanne Witter
Carol Jeanne Witter, 57, of rural Good Hope, died at10:31 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, 2009, at her residence.
She was born March 17, 1952, in Avon, to David and Betty Lou (Morris) Witter. She married David Butler in Dallas, Texas. He preceded her in death February 2006.
She was preceded in death by her father in 1974.
She is survived by her mother of The Villages, Fla.; one son, Jacob and girlfriend Beci Steelman, of Good Hope; one sister, Vicki Eckhardt, Springfield; one step sister, Katherine (Rob) Lavin, Darien, Ohio; and two step brothers, Andrew Simshauser, Macomb, and Peter (Dandee) Simshauser, Boston, Mass.
She graduated from B-PC High School in 1970 and later graduated from Western Illinois University and Olivet Nazerene College School of Nursing in 1974. She was a captain in the U.S. Army Nurses Corps for 10 years. She served a tour of duty in Germany and was also a surgical nurse at McDonough District Hospital and continued serving the nursing community until 2000.
At the same time she earned her graduate degree at WIU. She was known throughout the area for raising registered Morgan horses. She showed them at various county and state fairs. She was a member of the Mississippi Valley Morgan Horse Association. She often volunteered her horses for children’s programs and helped 4H groups.
She loved life and had many varied interests besides horses, including traveling, antiques, quilting and raising flowers at her home. She traveled often with her army nurse friends Wesley Branstiter, Seattle, Wash., and her cousin Dr. Marilyn (Lester) Abel, and her nieces and nephews loved to visit her farm.
Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2009, at Walnut Grove Methodist Church with Pastor Diane Duncan officiating. Military and cremation rites will follow the services at the church Wednesday.
Visitation will be held 5-8 p.m. Tuesday. Aug. 11, 2009, at the Martin-Hollis Funeral Home, Bushnell, where friends may call after 2 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Walnut Grove Methodist Church or the Good Hope/Sciota Fire and Rescue Squad.