|Birth: ||Apr. 11, 1928|
|Death: ||Feb. 17, 2007|
Sarah Bernice Butkin, 78, died peacefully at her home in Oklahoma City on February 17, 2007, surrounded by her family.
Bernice was born in El Reno, Oklahoma, on April 11, 1928 to Abraham and Pauline Raisin, and spent her early years in El Reno, Chickasha, and Oklahoma City. In 1940, she moved with her family to Duncan, Oklahoma, and graduated from Duncan High School in 1946. She attended the University of Illinois, Oklahoma City University, and Columbia University.
Bernice married Morris Butkin on March 31, 1951. The couple made their home in Oklahoma City, and had a loving and fulfilling marriage that produced three children. Survivors include a son, Robert Butkin and his wife Nina, of Tulsa; a daughter Jane Wagner, and her husband Larry, of Houston; and a daughter Nancy Herzog, and her husband Dr. Jacques Herzog, of St. Louis. Survivors also include eight grandchildren, Adam, Jill, and Emily Roth; Richard and William Herzog; and Olivia, Julia, and Claire Butkin. Bernice was preceded in death by her husband Morris, who passed away unexpectedly in 1972; by her sister Jeanette Raizen; and by her brother Kenneth Raizen.
In addition to her volunteer and philanthropic activities, Bernice was involved in her family oil and gas production company and banking business in Stephens County, Oklahoma.
Bernice will always be remembered as a loving and generous mother, grandmother, and friend, whose passion for life was inspirational. Despite suffering the premature passing of a beloved father, sister and husband, she approached each day with a positive spirit, and always there to lend support to her family and friends. She had a remarkable ability to bring out the best qualities in others. She was, and always will be, a dynamic force in many lives.
Services were held at Temple B'nai Israel, 4901 N. Pennsylvania in Oklahoma City, at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 18th, with graveside services following at Emmanuel Hebrew Cemetery. In lieu of lowers, donations may be made to the Jewish Federation of Greater Oklahoma City; Hospice of Oklahoma County; the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics Foundation, or the charity of one's choice.
Created by: Ms. Clyde
Record added: Apr 12, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 50997361
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