VANCOUVER - Faye Butcher, 87, died Oct. 11, 2003 in a Vancouver care facility. One of five daughters of James and Lucy (Bandy) Ricketts, she was born Feb. 5, 1916 in Texola, Okla. She grew up in Oklahoma and Texas and graduated from high school there.

On Feb. 22, 1935 she married Charles Butcher in Marfa, Texas and they soon moved to Carlsbad, N. M. There Mrs. Butcher was a wife and homemaker and during World War II worked in a factory which made aircraft propellers. In 1947 she moved to Valdez, Alaska and later to nearby Sitka. She was a weather observer for the U.S. Weather Bureau in Valdez and later was the Valdez agent for Cordova Airlines. In 1959 she moved to Rochester and in 1980 moved to Ocean Park. She resided in Vancouver the past year to be near family.

Mrs. Butcher was a life member of the Order of Eastern Star. She was a member of Ocean Park Methodist Church where she was active in the Women's Guild. She was also a member of the Narcissus Garden Club of Ocean Park. She was an avid gardener, enjoyed walks on the beach, clamming and snowbirding in Arizona during the winter months. She loved her family and grandchildren and took pride in being independent and self-reliant.

She is survived by sons Jim of Washougal and Tom of Homer, Alaska; 13 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; numerous great-great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1986, her son Nathan in 1995 and her four sisters.

A memorial service will be Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 1 p.m. at Ocean Park United Methodist Church with a reception following. Family graveside service will be Tuesday morning at Oysterville Cemetery.

Those wishing may visit at Penttila's Chapel by The Sea in Long Beach on Monday, Oct. 20 from noon until 8 p.m. Memorials may be made to either the Ocean Park United Methodist Church Women's Guild or Southwest Washington Hospice in care of Penttila's Chapel by The Sea, P.O. Box 417, Long Beach, WA 98631.

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