Funeral services were held today at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Cherokee. Magrey deVega officiates. Burial was in the Kingsley Cemetery. There was a family prayer service at 10:15 a.m. at the church today. Visitation was from 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Tuesday at the Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee, with the family present from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. Online condolences may be left www.boothbyfuneral.com.
Marian was born March 24, 1921 to Leonard and Ruby (Phipps) Smith in Afton Township, Cherokee County. She attended Cherokee Country School until 1933 when her family moved to a farm west of Holstein. She graduated from school in Holstein in 1938. She was united in marriage to Eldon Butcher on Dec. 21, 1938 at Sioux City. Marian was a loving mother, busy housewife and homemaker for many years. She married H.A. Grothaus on Oct. 12, 1972. Marian enjoyed crocheting, embroidery, traveling and friendships. She was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Cherokee and Joy Circle.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two husbands, a son Harold Butcher in 2010, her sister Maxine Boock and her husband Glen and daughter in law Helen Fiddelke.
Those survivors left to cherish her memory are two sons: Donald Butcher and his wife Glenda of LeMars; John Butcher and his special friend Linda of Holstein; severn grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; a daughter-in-law Donna Butcher of Calumet; also several nieces, nephews and friends.