Barbara Butler

Barbara A. Butler

December 24, 1933 - August 1, 2020
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PALERMO, ME- Barbara A. Butler, 86, was called to her eternal home in glory on August 1st, 2020. She passed peacefully away at home with her loving husband Carl of 66 years and other family members by her side.
Born in Portland, December 24, 1933, she was the oldest child of Walter C. and Katherine Stevens. She and her two younger brothers, Walter and Donald were raised in Portland. Barbara graduated from Deering High School in 1952.

Barbara married the love of her life, Carl W. Butler from Rockland, in 1954 and together they raised four children. She worked for the Maine Department of Human Services for 20 years.

Barb’s life revolved around her love for her family. She took great joy in watching her children, grandchildren and great- grandchildren grow up and loved attending the milestones and special events in their lives. She spent many happy years watching her kids and grandkids swim at family camps, taking family trips to the beach and soaking up the sun. Her love for family extended coast to coast. She had an extraordinary gift and passion for remembering her loved ones birthdays and special occasions. She loved being outdoors, planting flowers, feeding and watching the birds. She and Carl enjoyed opportunities they had to travel, which included trips to Bermuda, Hawaii, Canada and out West. In later years they enjoyed road trips that took them around the state of Maine, often ending up at their favorite wharf on the coast for a lobster dinner. She had a tender, compassionate heart which was also evident in her love of animals. More than once she would insist upon stopping the car and asking Carl to assist a pokey turtle across the road.

Barbara was predeceased by her parents, her brothers Walter and Donald Stevens as well as a grandson Christopher Costa. She is survived by her husband Carl W. Butler of Palermo; her son William W. Butler, II and his wife Linda; her daughters, Debbie Costa, Cindy Spearin and her husband Stephen, Kimberly Brown and her husband Blake; her 10 grandchildren, Kathleen Posey and her husband Justin, Daniel Boothby, Victoria Butler, Joseph Costa and his wife Julie, Anthony Costa and his wife Shannon, Allison Costa, Steve Spearin and his wife Kimberly, Samuel Spearin, Alexander Spearin and Jeremy Brown; nine great-grandchildren; two sister’s in-law, Maxine Philbrook and her husband Leroy, Judie Stevens and her partner Garfield, as well as many nieces and nephews in Maine, New Hampshire and California.

Visiting hours will be held from 5-7pm, Monday August 10th, at Burpee, Carpenter and Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland. A graveside service will be held at 11am, Tuesday, August 11th, at Branch Mills Cemetery, Branch Mills Road, China. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Barbara’s Memory to the animal shelter of your choice.
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  • Visitation

    Monday August 10, 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Monday August 10, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home
    110 Limerock Street
    Rockland, Maine 04841
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Social distancing and face coverings are recommended.
  • Graveside Service

    Tuesday August 11, 2020 | 11:00am
    Tuesday August 11, 2020 11:00am
    Branch Mills Cemetery
    Branch Mills Road
    China, Maine 04358
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Social distancing and face coverings are recommended. Seating will be limited. Guests may desire to bring their own portable seating.


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William Butler

Posted at 07:28am
I was the first of four children. She changed my diapers; she fed me, and helped me learn how to tie my shoes. Whenever I cried or was picked on by the bullies in the neighborhood she was there to protect me. She was my hero.

As I grew older raising me was not all sunshine and roses. My mother and I, both being emotional and I being very stubborn, would have our share of disagreements. Neither one of us would back down. Some would call them down and out fights. But people of passion such as my mother and I also knew that was the code. She, of course, always won because she had a wild card that she would play if needed. That was Dad. I can recall many times when Dad came home from work, she would say “Do you know what your son, William W. Butler II, did today”. I knew I was in trouble. But it was all good as every licking I got I truly deserved.

I can recall clearly one Christmas. It was 1974 or 1976. That year there was a ferocious ice storm which resulted in power outages for days. My mother was worried not about herself but making sure her children had a good Christmas. I think God was listening as the ice storm subsided and power returned. That is how amazing and far reaching her soul was. Even God had to relent to her wishes.

I am relieved to know she is no longer in pain. It is my belief that she is re-uniting with her brothers, her father, her mother, and the many friends and family that have passed. I know that I will see her again. So this is not a good-bye. As I would say to her each time we would get together for lunch. I will see you soon. And some day I will. Until then, my memories of her will have to do. I encourage you to do the same. After all, it is the journey that matters and who rides along with you on it. I am forever grateful. She will be missed but never forgotten.

William Butler


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