---- — Richel L. “Bonnie” Butz, 76, of Mt. Vernon and formerly of Murphysboro, passed away at 5 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, in Mt. Vernon.
Bonnie was born in Jackson County, a daughter to the late Roy E. and Sophima (DeMann) Phillips. She was united in marriage to Barton J. Butz on Sept. 22, 1987, in Cadiz, Ky. Barton preceded her in death on July 6, 2004.
Bonnie was a retired secretary to the Director of the State of Illinois Department of Mental Health in Chester. She had attended the Woodlawn First Baptist Church in Woodlawn.
Services will be at 11 a.m. on Friday at Crawshaw Funeral Home in Murphysboro with Pastor Charles Allen of the Elm Street Baptist Church officiating. Burial will follow at Murdale Gardens of Memory near Murphysboro.
Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Memorials are encouraged and may be made to S.S.M. Hospice of the Good Samaritan and will be accepted at the funeral home.
She is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Crystal and Greg Hilliard of Mt. Vernon; three grandchildren, Cassandra Baltzell of Mt. Vernon, Brock Baltzell of Belleville and Jordan Hilliard of Maryland Heights, Mo.; and two nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one brother, William J. Phillips.
To send a condolence or for additional information, visit www.crawshawfuneralhome.com.