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Hazel Nancy Meyer Butka
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Birth: Apr. 1, 1913
Higgins
Lipscomb County
Texas, USA
Death: Feb. 5, 1993
Nashville
Davidson County
Tennessee, USA

m. 9 Jun 1944, Pomona, Los Angeles Co., CA, Hersel Eugene Butka. 3 issue.

She was as Registered Nurse and she and her husband, Dr. Hersel Butka, went to Montemorelos, Nuevo Leon, Mexico for ten years (1946-1956) as Seventh-day Adventist medical missionaries.
Hazel lived in Placerville, CA, and was the Dean (of Women) of Andre Hall at P.U.C., California. She later moved to Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee where she resided until her death.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Hersel and daughter, Patricia "Patty" Gail Butka.
She is survived by her son, Gary and daughter, Brenda.

Parents: Andres Peter Meyer (1878 - 1965) & Willie Grace Gililland Meyer (1884 - 1920).

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She had hazel eyes, brown hair (gray at age 20), was 5' 2-1/2", and weighed 140 lbs. at age 69.

Religion: She was a Seventh-Day Adventist [SDA].


1920 U. S. Federal Census: Dist. 3, Precinct 2, Lipcomb County, Texas
Andy Meyer 53
Fanny Meyer 40
A. W. Meyer 26
Hazel Meyer 16
Dollee Meyer 15
Maudie Meyer 11
Alice Meyer 14
Helen Bauer 16
Amil Bauer 12
Donald Meyer 2- 6/12


She moved to California after she graduated from high school in Texas.

Hazel worked for Drs. Mabel and Hersel Butka as a receptionist. They encouraged her to go to college and she did and graduated as a Registered Nurse (R.N.).

m. 9 June 1944: Later, on June 9, 1944, she married her former boss, then a widower, Hersel Eugene Butka, in Pomona, Los Angeles County, California.

They had three children: Patricia "Patty" Gail, G. N. B. & B. J. B.

1945: U.S. City Directories (Beta): Pomona, CA, p. 53:
Name: Hersel E Butka
Gender: M (Male)
Residence Year: 1945
Residence Place: Pomona, California
Spouse: Hazel Butka
Publication Title: Pomona, California, City Directory, 1945
"Butka Hersel E (Hazel) (Butka & Butka) r142 Dartmouth La Verne
Butka Leslie H (Irene) (Butka & Butka) r Base Line w of Williams
Butka Medical Building 195 E Monterey av
BUTKA & BUTKA (H E and L H Butka) Physicians and Surgeons, 195 E Monterey Av, Tel 1744"


1946-1956: Hazel and her husband spent ten years living in Mexico where Dr. Hersel Butka and herself were a medical missionaries.

4-21-1948: Hersel & Hazel lost their oldest daughter when she was only about two years old. Patty drowned while they were living in Mexico (as SDA medical missionaries).

Nov. 1948: The Inter-American Division, Vol. XXV, No. 9, p. 7:
"Vital Statistics"
"Word has recently reached the Division office that the home of Dr. and Mrs. Hersel E. Butka, or Pomona, California, and Montemorelos, Mexico, has been gladdened by the arrival of G*** N***, on July 28. Mrs. Butka is a graduate of the White Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, and Dr. Butka is a graduate of the College of Medical Evangelists, Class of 1917, and is now the Medical Superintendent of the Montemorelos Hospital and Sanitarium, Montemorelos, N. L., Mexico."

1949: Yearbook of the Seventh-Day Adventist Denomination, p. 382:
"Butka, L. H. (m), Shanghai Sanitarium, Box 1281, Shanghai, China.
Butka, H. E. (m), Uxmal No. 365, Colonia Narvarte, Mexico, Distrito Federal, Mexico."

12-1949 Christmas Letter (partial):
From "Dr. Y Mrs. H. E. Butka, Apartado 16, Montemorelos, N. L., Mexico" [Nuevo Leon].
"Greetings, This Holiday Season finds us settled in our new home three blocks off the compound, and busily making plans to brighten as many native hearts as possible.
...(describes house & living there in general).
B***** J*, four months old, will give a big smile to each one and seventeen-month-old G*** will shyly throw them a kiss. "!Que, preciousa, que chula, que linda!" (How precious, cute, beautiful) are the frequent responses we often hear. They will surely be none the less at Christmas time...."

1-19-1950 Letter to Ethel T. Wirt (Swaynie) from Eleanor Delight "Dee" Park (Swaynie) excerpts about Hersel & Hazel Butka & family visited on their vacation:
"We did have a wonderfult time in Mexico. Wednesday, we went down to Montemorelos and saw the Butkas [Hersel & Hazel]. We spent the night there. Their home is lovely. White stucco with red tile roof. They have all tile from of different colors. A big living room with wood trimmed ceiling, den, three bedrooms and bath on one side. Plus and office, dining room, kitchen, maids room, and bath on other side. Lots of fruit trees and a big garden and a gardeners house. The hospital is beautiful too and very modern. They have had 33,000 patients in those years. The babies are beautiful. G*** has brown hair and brown eyes and B***** has blonde curls all over her head and big blue eyes. Hazel was a perfect hostess. We really saw Mexico is this nauge (?) as Uncle Hersel took
us down the river road. On Thursday Uncle Hersel completed those operations while we were getting up and eating breakfast. Then he took off and we all went to Horse Trail Falls together. Hazel too. Then up to Saltula (?). He showed up the Sunapes Fortonie (?) silver mine, etc. We really enjoyed this, as we saw things we wouldn't have seen otherwise. They went back from Monterey by bus that night."

L. A. B. provides:
Also during that time, Hersel Butka hired a young woman as their office receptionist [Hazel Meyer]. Hersel and Mabel's influence led to her conversion [as an SDA], and soon she was off to Walla Walla College and Nursing.
In time, Hersel remarried and Hazel Meyer became his wife.
Years before, in the early days in Pomona, she had come from Texas, and gotten a job as a receptionist for Drs. Hersel and Mabel. As already mentioned, she soon became an Adventist, and went to Walla Walla to take nursing.
She worked as a nurse at the White Memorial Hospital in Los Angeles, California for a number of years until she married Dr. Hersel Butka.
About two years later Dr. Hersel sold his practice in Pomona, California, and he and Hazel went as the pioneer missionaries to Montemorelos, Mexico. Dr. Hersel soon put the new Montemorelos Adventist Hospital on the map-a hospital Dr. Iver Ritchie (his former next door neighbor in Pomona) had raised the money for and gotten built.
In time, Hersel remarried and Hazel Meyer became his wife. Years before, in the early days in Pomona, she had come from Texas, and gotten a job as a receptionist for Drs. Hersel and Mabel. As already mentioned, she soon became an Adventist, and went to Walla Walla to take nursing. She worked as a nurse at the White Memorial Hospital in Los Angeles, California for a number of years until she married Dr. Hersel Butka.
About two years later Dr. Hersel sold his practice in Pomona, California, and he and Hazel went as the pioneer missionaries to Montemorelos, Mexico. Dr. Hersel soon put the new Montemorelos Adventist Hospital on the map-a hospital Dr. Iver Ritchie (his former next door neighbor in Pomona) had raised the money for and gotten built.
Hazel helped establish a successful nursing school. Hersel and Hazel had an adorable blonde hair, blue eyed, little girl, who was the sweetheart of the compound. When Patty Gail was almost two years old she managed to climb a fence undetected, and fell into an irrigation ditch and drowned before being found. This was heart-breaking to the family, the whole hospital, nursing school and mission school on the compound.
A few months later, a son, G*** was born, and later a daughter, Brenda. B***** was born two weeks after Darryl, Aileen's first child was born. (Hazel was approximately ten years older than Aileen).
After ten years of mission service, Dr. Hersel returned to the U.S. and settled in Placerville, Northern California, and practiced until he died at age 72 from a stroke.
Hazel lived another 25 years, able to enjoy B*****'s children who were her grandchildren. G*** and B***** both became physicians. The medical missionary work Hersel and Hazel started in 1946 in Montemorelos, Mexico continued to flourish. The school grew into a university and along with the hospital and the nursing school, added a medical school and a dental school. In 1996 A*****, J***, B***** and G*** were able to attend this by now large university's celebration of their 50th anniversary. Their father, Hersel, as the pioneer physician, was honored by a bronze bust placed in the lobby of the new hospital.

5-23-1957 article in The Mountain Democrat, Placerville, California:
"Mrs. Hersel Butka, who had spent several years in Mexico, told many of her experiences there and accented her talk with a display of Mexican items and with her own attire, the colorful dress of the country."

12-5-1957 article in The Mountain Democrat, Placerville, California:
"Montemorelos, Mexico film to be shown at missionary program
The Missionary Volunteer program of the Seventh-day Adventist church will feature an illustrated lecture by Dr. and Mrs. Hersel Butka showing colored slides of their 10-year stay in Montemorelos, Mexico, where Dr. Butka was medical director ofthe hospital."

9-25-1958 article in The Mountain Democrat newspaper, Placerville, California:
"'Women of Mexico' to be subject of guest of Federated Women
'The Women of Mexico' will be discussed by Mrs. Hersel Butka, guest speaker, at the Oct. 1 regular luncheon meeting of the Women's Society of the Federated Church.
Mrs. Butka is very familiar with her subject, having lived 10 years in the state of Nuevo Leon, Mexico, where she and her husband, Dr. Butka, were missionaries, and he was medical director of the Monte Morelos hospital and school. Mrs. Butka will also show Mexican handwork."

10-16-1958 article in The Mountain Democrat newspaper, Placerville, California:
Mrs. Hersel Butka, R.N., will speak on "Food--the Best Insurance of Long Life (on Oct. 20 at the County Farm Women luncheon/potluck)."

4-16-1959 article in The Mountain Democrat newspaper, Placerville, California stated that Mrs. Hersel Butka was the Treasurer of the Marshall Hospital auxilliary. In a 9-3-1959 article it said she was responsible for table arrangements for a large auxilliary picnic.

2-11-1960 article in The Mountain Democrat newspaper, Placerville, California:
Recital held...Those who played were Brenda Butka, Gary Butka, Mrs. Hazel Butka...."

5-12-1960 article in The Mountain Democrat newspaper, Placerville, California:
"First Aid course recently completed
A group of five graduate nurses and two school teachers from Pollock Pines, Camino, and Placerville, recently completed the course in Red Cross first aid. Mrs. Hersel Butka was the instructor and classes were held at her home at Five Mile Terrace.
The class placed special emphasis on new methods now used in first aid treatment."

10-27-1960 article in The Mountain Democrat newspaper, Placerville, California:
"Appointed as chairmen were Mrs. Hersel E. Butka" (for 1960-61 series of Placerville community concerts assn.).

12-11-1965 Christmas Letter from Hazel Nancy Meyer (Butka) (partial):
"Dear, dear friends...... As the season presses upon us we think of no better way to get into the full 'swing' of Christmas spirit than writing a letter to you all. Late winter and spring of '65 found us making trips to Rio Lindo Academy on every available excuse and occasion where Brenda and Gary were juniors. School closed there early in June and things at home changed rapidly. We had three days to get the household settled to live as a family of four again for June 11 we were to meet three little Ludingtons coming from Bangkok. We took both cars to the International Airport at San Francisco and they were the first ones off the plane: Lance - 4, whom we had never seen, Lorie-7, Larry-10.... The rest of the month was International Month at Butka's Five Mile Terrace home!!! ..."
"Each morning Larry, Lorie, and Lance asked if anyone was coming to see them that day or if they HAD to go any place. The five years prior they lived on the second floor of quite a spacious apartment house without lawn and also without permission to climb a tree, where the whole hospital compound and quarters were located on two acres. They did not know life without servants on every hand (except Larry, who liked to reminisce of former life in the U.S. until he reached the great sum of five years old) and a chaffeur. Lance's nurse had been dismissed a short time before he left the far East. Here, they had three acres of pine trees which had one house, bikes, a wagon, a nice sloping drive with curves, linketts and cherios a-plenty and the PRIVILEDGE of ALWAYS picking up their toys, making their beds and helping with other little household duties. They learned eagerly and loved it, and everyone had a good time."
"As for us and the remainder of the summer...Gary worked at a service station and Brenda managed the desk at her daddy's office. Both assisted in a 'Youth's Effort' -- G. in charge of music and B. as public relations chairman. They are seniors at RLA in a class of 138...making the top two grades in physics, anyhow..
Gary works in the chemistry laboratory and has taught a few classes in physics and chem and even got to "administer one exam and make one assignment"...along with conducting some labs. Editor of the annual, student conductor of the choir, faculty-appointed chairman of the student-faculty council are on his list of responsibilities to accomplish..........Accomplished...set a record for the 440 at the track meet.
Brenda - works in business office again and was called back to school a few days early to put in full time; wanted to try German for just the first semester although she would get no credit for it....finds it surprisely easy and her teacher, amazed, is not holding her back with the class. She is one of three co-editors of the school paper, elected student conductor of the wind ensemble, vice president of the Mission club, pianist for several things and carries five solids when three would graduate her.
We are thinking that next year they will be lost at college as only two among many--- which will really be good for them! The extensive library and classload should bring contentment to them...."

5-11-1967 Hazel's husband, Hersel Eugene Butka, died in the Loma Linda University Medical Center, San Bernardino County, California.

5-18-1967 article in The Mountain Democrat newspaper, Placerville, California:
"CARD OF THANKS
Our heartfelt thanks to all who extended comforting sympathy and help in our recent sorrow. For the beautiful service, floral offerings, cards, and other kindnesses, we are deeply grateful. Mrs. Hazel Butka, Gary and Brenda."

1969-1972: Hazel was the Dean (of Women) of Andre Hall during this time when relative Carol "Chrissy" (R**** S******)was attending P.U.C., California.

1970: SDA Yearbook:
p. 352: SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST YEARBOOK, 1970: PACIFIC UNION COLLEGE: Anwign, Napa County, California 94508: Established 1882 as Healdsburg College; present location 1909: Telephone: (707) 954-2421. Legal Title: "Pacific Union College Association.": Administration:
p. 353: EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS: "Deans of Women…Mrs. Hazel Butka"

1971: SDA Yearbook:
p. 362: SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST YEARBOOK, 1971: PACIFIC UNION COLLEGE: Anwign, Napa County, California 94508: Established 1882 as Healdsburg College; present location 1909: Telephone: (707) 954-2421. Legal Title: "Pacific Union College Association."
Administration: "Deans of Women…Mrs. Hazel Butka"
p. 474: INDEX OF INSTITUTIONAL WORKERS: SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST YEARBOOK, 1971: "Butka, Mrs. Hazel, Pacific Union College"


1977 June: Residence: 1377 East Windsor Road, No. 218, Glendale, California 91205. (Graduation Card to Ted Ray Krohne).

1987: Hazel had lived in Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee 37205 for several years prior to her death. Her will was written there in 1987 after she had lived there a while.

d. 5 Feb 1993: Hazel died February 05, 1993, from breast cancer, in Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee.

Social Security Death Index:
Hazel M. Butka
SSN: 546-76-1317
Last Residence: 37205 Nashville, Davidson, Tennessee, United States of America
Born: 1 Apr 1913
Died: 5 Feb 1993
State (Year) SSN issued: California (1964 )

The Last Will and Testament of Hazel M. Butka was filed 4-14-1993 in the Probate Court for Davidson County, Tennessee, at Nashville for processing.

Burial: Hazel Meyer Butka is buried with her husband, Hersel Eugene Butka, at Montecito Memorial Park, 24145 Barton Road, Colton, Barton Road, San Bernardino County, California, in Grave 1, Section 257, Lawn Oak, No. on curb 255, 16 spaces in from the curb.

Headstone states:
"HERSEL E. BUTKA, M.D., 1894 - 1967"
[then in smaller capital letters added to the bottom margin of his marker]
"HAZEL M. BUTKA, 1913 - 1993."

 
 
Family links: 
 Spouse:
  Hersel Eugene Butka (1894 - 1967)*
 
 Children:
  Patricia Gail Butka (1946 - 1948)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
"HERSEL E. BUTKA, M.D., 1894 - 1967"
[then in smaller capital letters added to the bottom margin of his marker]
"HAZEL M. BUTKA, 1913 - 1993."
 
Burial:
Montecito Memorial Park
Colton
San Bernardino County
California, USA
Plot: Grave 1, Section 257, Lawn Oak, No. on curb 255, 16 spaces in from the curb.
 
Created by: Julie Evans
Record added: Jul 18, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 73536457
Hazel Nancy <i>Meyer</i> Butka
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