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Muriel Ellen Butler Gill

January 13, 1925 September 18, 2019
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Obituary for Muriel Ellen Butler Gill

Muriel Butler Gill passed away on September 18, 2019 at the age of 94. She died
at home in Dixon where she had been a resident for 71 years.

She was born on January 13, 1925 in San Luis Obispo, California, to James Sheldon
and Anne Holmes Crumb Butler. She grew up in SLO and Oakland. Her passion
was horses; she was a superb equestrian athlete, and at the age of 14 was the
youngest rider in the International Competition in stadium jumping at the 1939
World’s Fair held at Treasure Island. Horses remained a passion all of her life,
which she passed on to her children.

Muriel graduated from UC Davis in 1946 as an Animal Husbandry major. She
married Robert C. Gill on September 28, 1946. Together Bob and Muriel built a
successful farming and livestock business in Dixon. Muriel was also the
bookkeeper for all of the enterprises. She was the mother of three and deeply
engaged in her children’s activities. Solano County 4-H was a particularly favorite
activity where she volunteered as a leader in horses, sheep and cooking.

Muriel was also active in the Dixon Soroptimist, Solano County Bo-Peeps, was a
Life Time Member of Eastern Star, and P.E.O. She was also a Life Time Member of
the UC Davis Alumni Association. She supported UC Davis Athletics and the UC
Davis Equestrian Center. The Main Barn at the Equestrian Center at UC Davis is
named the Muriel B. Gill Main Barn.

She is survived by her children, Pam Gill-Fisher and spouse Ron Fisher, Robert L.
(Roy) Gill and spouse Cindy Gill, and Dr. Kim Gill-Favier, DVM and spouse Henry
Favier, grandchildren Chope Gill, Paige Gill, and Matt Fisher, and numerous great
grandchildren, nieces, and nephews and cousins in the extended families.

Services will be held Saturday, September 28, 11:00 am at the Dixon United
Methodist Church, 209 North Jefferson St. Dixon. A reception will follow at the
Olde Vets Hall, 231 N. First St., Dixon. If desired, donations may be made to the
UC Davis Equestrian Team, UC Davis Athletics, 1 Shields Ave., Davis, CA 95616, or
the Center for Equine Health, UC Davis, UC Davis, Foundation, 202 Cousteau Pl.
Ste 185, Davis, CA 95618.

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Service

Saturday

28

Sep

11:00 AM 9/28/2019 11:00:00 AM
Dixon United Methodist Church

209 N. Jefferson St.
Dixon, CA 95620

Dixon United Methodist Church
209 N. Jefferson St. Dixon 95620 CA
United States
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