Darcene Lynn Butler, 61 of  Billings, returned to her heavenly home on January 13th, 2020 after a long 9-year battle with cancer. Her beloved devotion to her family and her firm belief in God supported her in this courageous fight and ultimately gave her strength, peace, and comfort.

Darcene was born to Al and Florence Eulberg on May 15th, 1958 in Shelby, MT. She was blessed with a loving family. She married her best friend and soul mate James K. Butler in Shelby on August 11, 1979.  She raised three daughters with patience, grace, and humility. She taught them to follow their hearts and that every day is a gift from God.  From the very beginning, she dedicated herself to be a woman of faith and encouraged them to explore the beauty of what life had to offer. She was full of grace and class.

Darcene was such a precious gift to so many people.  She was a friend, mentor, teacher, and our forever hero. Her beautiful spirit always lit up the room. Her contagious smile, fun-loving personality, and faithful heart touched many lives. She taught her students to DREAM big and to never stop believing. She will be dearly missed by her loved ones, who celebrate the fact that she is at peace and no longer in pain with her eternal Father in Heaven.

Darcene is survived by her loving husband, James K. Butler; her daughters Natasha (Travis) Norby, Nikki (Jeremy) Salazar, and Jaime (Robert) Hill; her grandchildren Tayden and Thaya Norby, Reyes and Kamber Salazar, DeShawn, Quinten, and Urijah Hill all of Billings.  She is also survived by her brothers, Del (Karen) Eulberg of Texas and Doug (Deb) Eulberg of Ohio; and mother-in-law Betty Butler. She is preceded in death by her parents; and her father-in-law Glen Butler.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Stillwater Hospice or the American Cancer Society of Billings in Darcene’s honor.

Cancer does not care who it takes, who it hurts, or honor or love.  It comes into your life and starts to break the threads that hold you, leaving you left to see pieces of yourself slip away and dreams fade.  But the end is when the most amazing thing happens.  Cancer loses its strength and GRACE appears.  We need to see it, accept it, and go with it. Grace and love win, NOT cancer.

While reflecting on Darcene’s life, or praying for her or her family, think of how she has always made people feel so loved no matter what, no conditions, just loved.  She did that for everyone, no matter what.  There is no higher calling to sainthood than the way she loved others.

The hardest part hasn’t been losing you, it was learning how to live without you.  Rest easy Sunshine.

Cremation has taken place.  Memorial Mass will be held 10 a.m., Friday, January 17 at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Billings, MT.