Mary Lillian Butler

Obituary of Mary Lillian Butler

Butler, Mary Lillian

March 19, 1929 – June 12, 2019

With family by her side, Mary Butler passed away peacefully on Monday, June 10, 2019 in Cobourg, ON.

Mary was born in Berwick, NS and grew up in Armdale, NS where she lived until she married David, her devoted husband of 58 years. Their early years of marriage were spent in Nova Scotia where David began his career and Mary had her sons. They relocated to Montreal where Mary worked for many years as an enthusiastic and dedicated early childhood educator. Throughout her career she attracted a life-long following of appreciative children and parents. In 1986 Mary and David retired to Port Hope. While always a Maritimer at heart, Mary loved Port Hope. She embraced all that Port Hope offered and gave back generously to it.

Mary was predeceased by David in 2007 and is survived by her sons, David (Joan) and Brian (Gail), her adoring grandchildren, Dave (Jonelle), Eric (Emily), Andrew (Kendal), Michelle (Simeon), Katelyn (Mike), Ryan, and Sean, four great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews, all of whom she loved dearly.

Mary's many passions included children, art, and music which intersected in her early childhood education career. She was a lifelong bridge player and keen gardener. She was always happy to be in her garden on a hot day, in fact, the hotter the day the better! Mary's interest in golf meant she was able to play with David and introduce her grandchildren to golf while promoting the importance of the 7-wood. Mary was an avid reader and had opinions on almost every subject which she shared freely. Of course, this was invaluable as a keen student of politics. Mary was always an active member of her church and in Port Hope St. John's Anglican Church was her spiritual home.

Mary loved to entertain and was a great host. In Port Hope, she enlarged her dining and living rooms for large and memorable family events, parties, bridge games, and political fund raisers. Mary became an enthusiastic iPad user to stay in touch with family and friends.

Family extends thanks and appreciation to the staff at Empire Crossing which was her happy home for the last few years and to her physicians and caregivers, especially the nursing teams at Northumberland Hills Hospital.

In accordance with Mary's wishes there will be a family graveside service this summer, so Mary may be interred with her beloved David, when it is hot, and the flowers are in full bloom.

If you choose to do so, a donation in Mary's memory to a charity supporting children would be appreciated.

Condolences may be forwarded through www.allisonfuneralhome.com.

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