Joan Butcher, more than a mother

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When blessings were handed out, Joan Murray Butcher seems to feel like she has landed a bundle of blessings. She was married for 52 years to Larry, the love of her life and they had two children, Shana and Damon. She has nine grandchildren with three grand-in-laws and four great-grand children.

Joan has been instrumental in others becoming mothers with her work as Chairman of the Board of the Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children. She personally effected by a family who had to be split-up and knew at that time she would help where she could. Since that time she worked with some adoption lawyers to put some families together.

A huge part of her role as a mother has come with her lifelong business in Fashion Corner, which was located on the corner of Maine and Broadway. Joan and Larry were icons in the retail business on Main Street that spans decades. Larry ran Butcher’s Mens Clothes and the Booterie while Joan partnered with Donna Weil in Fashion Corner. 

“People still come up to me and ask about Fashion Corner. They remember the store and I am lucky enough to be a part of their lives. I have been blessed to help people with their prom dresses, wedding dresses and then their children with their prom dresses,” Butcher explained.

She was the go-to person for fashion and she has also been an icon in the First Baptist Church. Recently, Joan celebrated 50 years of playing the organ every Sunday.

“I love playing and I will continue as long as I can get up the steps,” she laughed.

Joan’s biggest blessing is her family. She lost Larry three years ago, and when the tornado demolished Shana and David’s house they were able to move into the family home. Once the Dyson’s house was completed they asked Joan to move in with them. She promptly turned them down and then reconsidered and agreed to it if she could have her own space.

“I was able to sell my home to a family who loves it as much as we did. I can drive by it and know that it is in good hands. I now have my own place at Shana and Davids, next to the pool and I love it,” she said.

She continued to say about how great it is to have all of her children living in Elk City. Joan feels that Elk City is a good place, including the schools and activities. She is confident that they have had a wonderful life.

`”It has been a blessing to watch my child...

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