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Linda Kay Enabnit-Butterfield – Sun City, AZ

Linda Kay Enabnit-Butterfield, 70, passed away from complications of COVID-19 on Wednesday, December 8, She was born on April 23, 1951, in Manchester, the daughter of Darwin and Maxine Kelly-Enabnit. Linda grew up on her family farm near Ryan and attended kindergarten through her freshman year at St. Patrick Catholic School. She graduated from Manchester High School in 1969. Linda completed beauty school in Cedar Rapids and achieved an Associate Degree in Business Administration later on in life.

Her love of the mountains and skiing took her to Colorado in the 1970s where she married and had two children, Christine and Shane Cauley.  This marriage took her from Evergreen, Colorado, to Sugarland, Texas, and then to Cheyenne, Wyoming.  Linda’s life revolved around her children and maintaining a home to be proud of. Upon a divorce, she worked at JC Penney in Cheyenne and it’s where she met and married Larry Butterfield on November 8, 1991. With this marriage came Lee, a son she loved as her own.

Linda continued hair styling in her home and was the rock for Larry during the remaining 14 years of his military career.  She loved styling people’s hair, skiing, dancing, and watching her TV dramas. With her marriage to Larry, she came to love camping, four wheeling, even snowmobiling, and there were the casinos where she could pick out a winning machine just about every time. Linda was a wonderful listener and a person who people were drawn to and wanted to tell their story.

Upon retirement in 2004, Linda and Larry moved into the mountain cabin they built together in the Medicine Bow Mountains near Laramie, Wyoming. They lived there in the summers and wintered in the Phoenix, Arizona, area near her mother. In 2016, they sold their cabin and became full time residents of Peoria, Arizona. Her life now turned to taking care of her mother, ensuring Maxine made it to church and was taken care of medically until her passing in April 2021.

Linda recently purchased a home in Prescott Valley, Arizona, and was excited about remodeling it and picking out her furniture. It was to be her dream home with gardens in the back yard and an interior exactly how she wanted it. Linda was a caretaker, and grizzly bear-like when it came to protecting her family. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

She is survived by her husband, Larry; her daughter, Christine (Joel) Miller; her beloved daughter-in-law, Sarah Cauley; her step son, Lee (Mystelle) Butterfield of Anchorage; her four granddaughters, Audrey Boleyn, Jade, Bella, and Lily Butterfield.

In addition to her parents, Darwin and Maxine, Linda was preceded in death by her love of her life, son, “Bear” Shane Patrick Cauley.

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Visitation: A meet and greet will be held on Wednesday, May 11, 2022, starting at 10:00 a.m. at St Patrick’s Catholic Church in Ryan, Iowa.

Mass of Christian Burial:  The funeral will begin at 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, May 11, 2022.  A luncheon will follow at the American Legion Club in Ryan.

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