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Full Text of SR0731  101st General Assembly




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2    WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois Senate are saddened to
3learn of the death of Annette Butler, who passed away on
4September 30, 2019; and
5    WHEREAS, Annette Butler was born in Chicago to Ozell and
6Earl Walter Smith on September 14, 1938; she attended St.
7Joseph Grammar School and sang with the choir at Mt. Sinai
8Baptist Church; she graduated from Lucy Flower High School and,
9along with some of her siblings, formed the notable singing
10group, The Crusaders; she attended Woodrow Wilson Jr. College
11(Kennedy–King College), where she studied music; she married
12Jerry Butler, a fellow member of The Crusaders, on June 21,
131959; and
14    WHEREAS, While performing in various venues across the
15city, Annette Butler spent time working as a nurse's aide for
16Presbyterian St. Luke Hospital; and
17    WHEREAS, As her husband's career as a solo recording artist
18and songwriter flourished, Annette Butler became involved with
19several charitable causes; she joined The Better Halves, a club
20comprised of many famous artists and wives of celebrities who
21worked together to raise money for charities across Chicago;



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1    WHEREAS, Annette Butler always put family first; she opened
2her home to countless family members and friends; she was a
3true artist with many talents and enjoyed painting,
4calligraphy, designing clothes, and even creating pieces of art
5from pistachio shells; she had a wonderful sarcastic sense of
6humor; she was a friend to all, humble, and full of love; she
7had a strong faith and found great peace and comfort in
8Buddhism; and
9    WHEREAS, Annette Butler was preceded in death by her
10parents; her sister, Mable; and her brother, Benny; and
11    WHEREAS, Annette Butler is survived by her husband of 60
12years, Jerry; her sons, Randall (Raeshannon) and Anthony; her
13grandchildren, Tykeisha, Malik, and Jeriel; her
14great-grandchild, Tristan; her brother, Earl; her sister,
15Susan; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family,
16and friends; therefore, be it
18ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we mourn the passing of
19Annette Butler and extend our sincere condolences to her
20family, friends, and all who knew and loved her; and be it



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1    RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
2presented to the family of Annette Butler as an expression of
3our deepest sympathy.