Pam Rae Butts

August 18, 1944 - May 18, 2024

Pam Rae Butts

After leading a life devoted to her Catholic faith and serving those in need, Sacramento resident Pam Butts passed away on May 18, 2024 at age 79.  She suffered a series of serious medical challenges, particularly over the past year.  Pam was a selfless and loving woman who will be dearly missed.

Pam and her twin brother Clyde were born on August 18, 1944 in Roswell, New Mexico where her father, Clyde, Sr., was stationed as a pilot instructor in the Army Air Corps.  The family, which also included Pam’s mother Barbara “Bobbie” and sister Charlis, moved to Frankfurt, Germany after the war and lived there until 1949 when Clyde, Sr. was transferred to Spokane, Washington.  Adversity for the family soon followed on February 5, 1950 as Clyde, Sr. was killed in a plane crash while on an air rescue mission in Montana.

The family then moved to Sacramento, Bobbie’s hometown where her extended Jackson Family continued to reside.  Pam relished these family connections throughout her lifetime and never missed a gathering which often included 70-80 relatives.  Pam gained a step-father, Leslie “Les” Sueker, at age 15 and developed a strong and loving relationship with him which they enjoyed until Les passed away in 1986.  The connection between Pam and her mother Bobbie was exceptionally close and Pam resided with and served as Bobbie’s primary caregiver for several years until Bobbie’s passing in 2007.

Pam’s occupation was in the medical field.  After attending Sacramento City College, she became an RN.  She later obtained her Family Nurse Practitioner credential in 1988.  Pam served in these roles at Kaiser, Sutter and Mercy hospitals in Sacramento for over 45 years.  Pam was a worker, but her professional occupation was only part of the story.

Central to Pam’s core values was her deep devotion to her Catholic faith.  She attended Catholic schools throughout childhood and graduated from Bishop Armstrong High School (now Christian Brothers), Class of 1962.  After high school, Pam joined two Catholic religious communities, Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity in Redwood City and then Sisters of Mercy, Auburn Community.  Later, Pam was invited to be in the first ever Mercy Association and as a member she walked in unity with the mission of the Sisters of Mercy for 32 years.  In addition to her work in many Mercy-affiliated ministries, Pam also volunteered her time with Loaves and Fishes and prison ministry at the county jail.  For Pam, these endeavors were performed consistently and tirelessly, done not for credit or recognition but because serving the poor, sick and uneducated was central to her personal and religious fiber and being.

A Funeral Mass will be held June 22, 2024 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Ignatius Loyola Parish, 3235 Arden Way, Sacramento.  Reception to follow in the parish hall.  Committal will be on Saturday, June 22 at 2pm at Calvary Cemetery, 7101 Verner Ave., Citrus Heights, CA  95621.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests you consider making a donation in Pam’s honor to the Sisters of Mercy, Auburn Community or Loaves and Fishes in Sacramento.  Click on the images below to donate.



Saturday, June 22, 2024
10:00 AM

St. Ignatius Loyola Parish
3235 Arden Way
Sacramento, CA 95825


Saturday, June 22, 2024
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Parish Hall – St. Ignatius Loyola Parish

3235 Arden Way

Sacramento, CA  95825

Committal service

Saturday, June 22, 2024
2:00 PM

Calvary Cemetery
7101 Verner Ave
Citrus Heights, CA 95621