Mary Anne Genevive Butler, 94, passed away on Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016 in the comfort of her home surrounded by her loving family.
Mary Anne Was born April 4, 1922 to the late Albert and Lillian Shepard St. Paul, Minnesota. She was a longtime Chef with the Beacon Restaurant in Sandbridge. Mary Anne loved working in her garden, caring for her humming birds and cooking for her family. She will always be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend. She will be deeply missed.
Left to cherish her memory is: three sons: Richard Butler and longtime companion Joni Grant, Merrill Butler and wife Kitt, Chuck Butler and wife Barb; three daughters: Carolyn Delsing, Jeri Tuttle, and Hope Cricket Butler Pulju; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by sons, James and Wayne Butler.
A private family gathering will be held at a later date.
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Mary was one of my first memories when we moved to Sandbridge in 1967. I would ride my bike the 2 miles north to the Beacon Restaurant from our house on Sandfiddler. To get candy or soda. She was always minding the store. Mary got my respect and I made friends with her kids. God smiled on her and kept her here for a reason.
so very sorry for your loss- she was one of my favorite people- she loved her kitties and flowers.
This may be a repeat. Started a condolence which disappeared when I tried to punctuate. Here we go again: Your Mom and Nicks Restaurant are my first memories of Sandbridge. Back in the mid 60s my Dad and I would conclude every Saturday morning duck hunt with a visit to Nick’s for cheeseburgers and clam chowder. There were generally few people in there at that time of morning, and Mary would let our retriever come in and warm up under the pinball machine. She was a great cook, a good source of duck info, and I looked forward to that part of the morning as much as I did the hunting portion. She became all of the 70s Sandbridge kid’s “second mother” as most of them were somewhere in her vicinity if they weren’t at home. She took this in stride with patience and a wry sense of humor, and I cant recall her ever “losing it” with any of us despite occasional misbehavior and her involuntary assumption of this role. About a month ago, I spent a weekend on the Outer Banks with Chris Schlesinger and Ryan Hodges, and the first thing both of them asked me was how Mary Butler was doing. And all of this is before even considering the love, devotion and hard work involved with raising a large and “energetic” family on an almost single-handed basis. I could keep going, but think I
will stop here. She will always loom large in my childhood and teenage memories.
Thoughts and prayers to all of her children. I have so many memories of Mary while growing up. Mom is 92 now and we just shared memories of Mary and her children. What a wonderful lady and superb cook. One of my lifetime of collecting recipes is Mary’s deviled crab. It was world famous at Nick’s and her chili was to die for. May she Rest In Peace. God bless??
If this is the same lovely woman who cared for Chris and Susan, then I’ll remember her forever, for the smallest, most trivial thing in the world. She taught me how to fold a fitted sheet, when I spent the weekend with Chris Schlessinger at his Sandbridge, VA. home.
Chris doesn’t remember me, but I was his girlfriend when we both attended the CIA, in Hyde Park, NY. Going back to the mid 70’s, we spent some time in Sandbridge, VA. We graduated from the CIA in 1978, I believe.
Mary, (if I’m remembering this correctly), made me promise to “never hurt her “baby”…she adored
Chris…I hope I am remembering this right, Chris! If she is the person I’m thinking of, I wish many blessings to her family, even tho’ we never knew each other. I just remember that weekend, and was that she taught me the secret behind folding a fitted sheet!