Class of 1940

1940 Graduation Edition
Perry Daily JournalEllen Butler
Ellen Butler

- daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George L. Butler and is 18 years old. She lives at 620 Seventh street. Ellen was born in Oklahoma City February 8, 1922. Before attending the Perry schools she went to the Okmulgee schools.

In 1938-39 she was a member of the high school girls’ glee club and participated in the operetta presented that year. She has played the cornet in the high school band for the past six years. When she was a junior she was assistant to Miss Kyger in directing the junior play and was a member of the cast of the senior play.

Ellen has been a member of the Order of Rainbow for Girls for five years and a member of the Student Council for three years. Her hobbies are dancing, reading and all sports.

She took first place in cornet in the Tri-State Band festival held in Enid in 1938-39, first place at Winfield, Kans. in 1939 and has lettered in band.

Next year she plans to attend Oklahoma A. and M. college in Stillwater where she will study music in order to make her career professional music.

Ellen Lorene (Butler) Petrucelli

February 8, 1922 – March 1, 2008

Ellen Lorene Petrucelli, 86, passed away March 1, 2008. She was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on February 8, 1922.

Ellen was a gifted musician, playing the coronet. She won many competitions as a soloist. She was then awarded a music scholarship to Oklahoma State.

Ellen then formed her own band and traveled nationally. Her travels took her to Biloxi, MS where she met and married Bob. After Bob returned from World War II, they moved to San Diego. While in San Diego, they, along with her brother-in-law and wife, opened the Villa Restaurant located in Pacific Beach. After many years, she began working at Vacation Village and then The Sheraton. While there, she earned many awards including Employee of the Year. Ellen was also a member of the Mission Bay Women’s Golf Club where she made many wonderful friends.

She is survived by her daughter Carole Montejano of La Mesa, son Robert A. Petrucelli of San Diego, and two grandchildren.

Visitation 4 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 5, 2008, at Pacific Beach Mortuary, 4710 Cass St., San Diego, with Vigil Service at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 6, 2008, at St. Mary Magdalene Church, 1945 Illion St. San Diego. Burial will be at El Camino Memorial Park. Donations are suggested to San Diego Hospice, 4311 3rd Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103.