Obituary: Ann C. Butterfield | SierraSun.com

Obituary: Ann C. Butterfield

Longtime Tahoe City resident, Ann Butterfield, passed away on Jan. 12, 2011, in Grass Valley, California. Ann was born on Dec. 9, 1926, and lived in Virginia with her family for her first 23 years. She was married on April 11, 1950, to then U.S. Navy Ensign and#8220;Ozand#8221; Butterfield, a and#8220;Yankeeand#8221; from Massachusetts, to whom she was happily married for 61 years. The hectic, but fun, life of a Navy family took them to Japan, Texas, New York, Maryland, Florida, Rhode Island, Virginia, and Hawaii before Oz retired from the Navy in 1972. At that time, they moved to North Lake Tahoe, where they remained.

Ann began art classes in Japan in the early 1950and#8217;s and continued to enjoy watercolor outings with her close friends in the Tahoe art community throughout her time here. She also enjoyed traveling to Europe and#8212; notably France, Russia, and Italy and#8212; and was always convinced that among her ancestors there must have been an Italian gene or two. Ann visited New York whenever she could, mostly to visit the art galleries and to attend as many plays, operas and musicals as she could manage and#8212; seeking out any Rothko she could find as a and#8220;treat for the soul.and#8221;

She also enjoyed volunteer work, whether at hospitals, libraries, or assisting with clothing and blanket drives for those in need. Ann professed to prefer children to adults and will always be remembered for the magical picnics, holidays, and outings that she created for her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Her and#8220;random acts of kindnessand#8221; and ever-present sense of humor will be missed by all.

In accordance with Annand#8217;s wishes, there will be no memorial service at this time. Friends and family who would like to remember her could donate to the local art community, hospice services, or any cause that emphasizes the well-being of children.