- Fairie "Butch" "Julian" Coats Morton
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Memories of Fairie "Butch" "Julian" Coats Morton
Fairie "Butch" Coats Morton 1926 ~ 2011 On March 3, 2011, "Butch" died peacefully at home after her heart finally gave out. She was surrounded by her family and she will be dearly missed. She was born on June 10, 1926 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Wm. Marion Julian and Nellie Keen Julian. They were later divorced. Nellie married Wm. "Bob" Olsen who raised Fairie and her siblings as his own children. Fairie grew up in the Murray, Utah area. She graduated from Granite High School in 1942 at the age of 16. She married John E Clark. They were later divorced. She then met, fell in love and married Arch "A.D." Coats Dec. 5, 1947. He didn't like her given name, so he started calling her "Butch" and that is what she wanted to be known as from then on. Together they raised three children, Sandy, Susan and Denny. They were able to enjoy 33 years together. They worked hard and eventually formed two businesses, Midwest Construction and Western Realty. That enabled them to work together; he built homes and she sold them. They were both active in the Home Builders Association. Arch served as President of the HBA and Fairie served as President of the HBA Auxiliary. Arch died Sept 17, 1979. In December of 1979, Butch met Jean R. Morton, who had recently lost his wife. They began dating and before long, Butch knew that Jean was the man she could spend the rest of her life with. They married on December 27, 1980. Jean added two more daughters to our family, Lynne and Annette. Butch and Jean shared 30 years of marriage in which they were able to travel the world, golf, and just enjoy their life together. They lived in St. George, Utah for 25 years until 2007 when they moved to the West Jordan area to be closer to family. Jean spent the past few years tenderly caring for Butch as her health began to decline. Butch will always be remembered for her unique humor, her generosity, her love of life and of people, her practical jokes and her knitted dishcloths. She enjoyed spending time with her family and especially with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by husband Arch Coats, son Dennis Coats, her parents, her brother, Bill Olsen, sister, Barbara Lindahl, and a grandson-in-law Mike Carhart. Her survivors include: husband, Jean, daughters, Sandy (Jim) Layton, Susan (Richard) Walter, Lynne Morton, and Annette (Mike-deceased) Carhart; seven grandchildren, Tina (Todd) Jacobsen, James Brandon (Destiny) Layton, Jennifer (Stephen) Hoyle, Colby (Luci) Walter, Leticia (Brent) Morgan, Will Carhart, and Sadie Carhart; 20 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandson, and brother, Keith (Nancy) Olsen. The family wishes to give heartfelt gratitude to CNS Home Health and Hospice (Jennifer, Barb, Lorrie, Trish and Dr. Sharon Strong) and Danville Support Services (Nuan, Virginia and Irene) for the support, love and care they provided for Mom and our family. Friends and family are invited to offer condolences to the family on Wednesday, March 10th from 6-8 p.m. at Goff Mortuary, 8090 S. State, Midvale, UT. There will be a memorial service celebrating her life on Thursday, March 11th starting at 11 a.m. at Holladay United Church of Christ, 2631 E. Murray Holladay Rd., SLC, UT. A buffet luncheon will follow. In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made in her honor to the Utah Food Bank or the charity of your choice.
Published in Salt Lake Tribune on March 6, 2011
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