Jewel(Jerri) Minor Ellis-Butler
Sunrise: November 9, 1934
Sunset: November 3, 2015
After 80 years with us, Mrs. Jewel Butler has a new home, over in Glory. She made her transition from earth to everlasting on Tuesday evening November 3, 20915.
Services: Thursday November 12, 2015 11:00am EastStar Baptist Church 1000 East Cherokee St McAlester, Ok Rev. Donald Brown – Eulogist Burial:Oak Hill Cemetery at McAlester, Oklahoma
Jewel “Jerri” Butler was born Jewel Minor on November 9, 1934, to L.C. Minor and Ella Minor in Paris, TX. The 3rd of 5 children, Jerri was preceded in her passing by her sisters Lois and Doris, and is survived by her sisters Erma Jean and Hazel.
At the age of six she moved to Kansas City, Missouri, where she attended school until she was fifteen. At the age of fifteen, she moved to McAlester, Oklahoma, where she attended L’Ouverture High School.
Shortly after she moved to McAlester, she met and married Clarence Ellis. Jerri and Clarence were blessed with three handsome sons, Jesse, Clarence Jr., and Clifton, and three beautiful daughters, Ella Jean, Veronica, Frances and Joyce. Jerri and her young family joined East Star Baptist Church under then pastor Dr. M.M. Williams and continued to serve the Lord under guidance of Rev. D.C. Knighton and Rev. Robert Maddox. Jerri was an active and devoted member of East Star Baptist Church until her health failed.
She was active in the community and was a member of the Eastern Stars, the Elegant Delight Club, the M&M Decorating Committee, the American Legion Auxiliary, the Martin Luther King, Sr., Decorating Committee, as well as the Pittsburgh County Holiday Commission, becoming an honorary member after 2010. During her many years of community involvement Jerri discovered that she had a God-given artistic talent to create and decorate. As a self-taught seamstress and decorator, she was co-founder of “Vee & Jerri Creations” a wedding and event planning venture she entered into with her dearly departed daughter, Veronica. Jerri’s talents were displayed every time she took “nothing” and made “something” during their independent catering jobs. She was often known to get up in the middle of the night and get her sewing machine, hammer, glue gun and anything (and I do mean anything — her creativity was without boundaries). She had the God-given ability to make her ideas come to life.
Jerri moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 2010 where she was one of the finalist in the Ms. Senior Oklahoma Pageant. She attended Living Sanctuary Evangelistic Ministries under Pastor J.P. Marshall until her health failed.
Jerri leaves to cherish her memory, three daughters and two sons and two sisters, a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends. She will truly be missed but never, ever forgotten.
Mama said, ” We must continue to Pray for one another” “When caring truly matters, DYER cares”