Butts, Patricia Ahrens, Bullhead City, AZ, Formerly of Saginaw, Michigan


Patricia Ann Butts was born in Saginaw, Michigan, on October 7, 1938 and passed away on April 6, 2013 surrounded by her loving family, after a nine year battle with cancer. She was the daughter of Karl W. and Cecilia (Brieske) Ahrens. Pat graduated from Arthur Hill High School in 1956 and received her Business Degree from Michigan State University in 1959. Pat was Executive Secretary to the Director of Public Relations at Saginaw Steering Gear and served as President of the GM Girls Club during that time. While there, Pat met the love of her life, Donald Butts, an Experimental Engineer, and they were married in 1967. Don survives her. She was a member of the Junior League of Saginaw and did volunteer work all over the community. Pat was active, fun loving, and always had a smile on her face. In 1969, Pat and Don left GM and for the next twenty years became owners and operators of Northernairre Lodge, a resort that included thirty-five cabins, a yacht marina, and a restaurant on Manitoulin Island, in Ontario Afterwards, they moved to Lake Havasu, Arizona and then to Bullhead City, Arizona, where she was actively involved in numerous community activities. Surviving Pat are her husband Donald, her son David (Shelly) Butts, Columbia Falls, Montana and her grandchildren, Kyra and Kody, and her stepson, Daniel Butts, of Mecosta, Michigan including his three children and four grandchildren. Surviving are two brothers; Robert (Mary) Ahrens of Saginaw Township, Michigan and C. Thomas Ahrens of The Villages, Lake, Florida, and sister-in-law Sally (Butts) Zahnow and her special friend Donald Slachta of Saginaw Township. She also leaves many nieces and nephews. A memorial service for Pat will be held on May 4, 2013 at Community Lutheran Church in Bullhead City, Arizona. Condolences may be sent to Donald Butts, 2350 Adobe Road, Lot 200, Bullhead City, AZ 86442. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Susan G. Komen for the Cure at www.info-Komen.org/goto/patbutts.