Charley Sophia Falkena, 15, passed away on Saturday, May 2, 2020.
Funeral was Wednesday, May 6, at AHSTW football field in Avoca.
Arrangements were under the guidance of Pauley Jones Funeral Home.
Born Dec. 21, 2004, Charley taught the world what it takes to be a warrior when she underwent surgery for a heart transplant at 7 months old. Charley had 14 more years to teach our world lessons thanks to her angel, Anna. Anna courageously donated her organs and Charley made it no secret that she was stoked to meet Anna.
Charley was known as the Queen of One Liners, and thanks to her toy stuffed animals collection, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office handed out tons of them to kids who needed a pick-me-up when they came into contact with deputies for whatever reason.
Charley enjoyed pulling all-nighters and watching princess movies. Charley loved to be with her friends, spending hours drawing, making up skits, costume changes, singing, dancing and playing games. Her passion for dancing and that big contagious smile could not even be slowed by an IV pole.
Charley loved animals. Her most beloved feline was Flash (who was frequently found sneaking in for some cuddles after treatments).
Soccer was Charley’s one true love, and she also liked cross country. She enjoyed her last season following along in the golf cart cheering everyone on.
In the summers Char enjoyed traveling and camping at national parks, including Yellowstone, Devils Tower and Badlands. She particularly enjoyed Montana, Washington, Maui and the Big Island, where she quickly added the skill of surfing to her many talents.
The pride she wore in her Vikings cheerleading outfit was brighter than the Friday Night Lights. She also was active in student council.
She embraced all of life’s experiences and though she would bend, she never broke.
Charley is survived by her parents Robin (Chad) Butler of Harlan, Iowa; Geoffrey Falkena of Lusk, Wyoming; siblings Cain Francois, Logan Butler, Chloe Falkena; grandparents Mary Roskens, Nancy Falkena, Jerry Falkena, Tom and Diane Butler; aunts and uncles Tim and Mary Beth Roskens, Tom and Carrie Roskens, Bart and Emily Falkena, Jared Falkena, Halley Falkena, Brad Butler, Mike Butler, Tim and Kristi Pedersen; special family friends Bri, Mallie, and Ethan; other family members and many friends.