Jana Michelle Butler

December 13, 1961 ~ August 9, 2018 (age 56)

Jana Michelle Butler, age 57, passed away August 9, 2018 at Skyridge Medical Center in Lone Tree, Colorado.  Jana was born on December 13, 1961 to Richard Weston and Jan Lee Parks in Baltimore City, Maryland.  She was a long-time resident of Canon City.  She began working at Developmental Opportunities and then worked at Starpoint for 28 years and was currently working as their Financial Director.

Jana and her husband of 34 years, James Preston Sams met in 1984, they would soon combine their families and their adventure began.  A favorite past time were all of their road trips, Sante Fe being a special destination.  James and Jana enjoyed many family gatherings and celebrations.  Top of their list was their children and grandchildren.  A bit of casino fun always made Jana smile.

Jana loved reading, camping, playing board games or solitaire on her computer and was an avid Broncos fan.  She LOVED her fur babies.  She and Thunder loved their walks and playing fetch.  She also loved cuddling with Lola, her precious kitty.

In 2007, Jana became a heart and kidney transplant recipient at Stanford University Hospital in California.  She felt very blessed and as she and her heart accepted each other, she became stronger and was able to enjoy 11 more years with her family.

Jana is survived by her husband James Sams, her brother Alan Parks(Terry), her two sons Justin Butler (Augustina) and Casey Sams, her daughters Jennifer Garcia(Chico) and Lisa Holgerson and her grandchildren Payton, Marcus, Makenna, Lexia, Juliet, Jaci, Olivia and Keason.

Jana was always loved and supported by her Sams family-Marcelle, Cecil, Stan, Donna(Roger) Sheila(Mike) and Rosie along with many nieces and nephews.

She is proceeded in death by her Mother and Father, Sister Hallie and her Brother Bill.

In lieu of Flowers, donations can be made to The American Heart Association or The American Diabetes Association. Celebration of Life will be held, 10AM, Saturday, August 18, 2018 at Harwood Chapel, 516 N. 10th, Canon City, CO 81212.  Arrangements entrusted to Harwood Funeral Home. Online condolences at

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