Barbara Jean Butters
Mrs. Barbara Jean Butters, age 76, of Newark, DE, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Saturday, September 17, 2011.
Born in Boston, MA, on August 22, 1935, and formerly of Medford, MA, Barbara was the daughter of the late William Colin Sawbridge and Marian Catherine MacKinnon Sawbridge. She was a homemaker and a devoted Army wife who proudly supported her husband’s 28-year military career, moving with him and their young family to posts around the world wherever duty called. She will be long remembered for her loving devotion to her family, all of whom adored her and will miss her deeply.
She is survived by her husband of 56 years, David F. Butters; daughters, Valerie Hofer of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, Catherine Wieland and husband, Robert, of Lake Elsinore, CA, Diane Eastburn and husband, Donald, of Clayton, DE, and Terri Butters Parton of Newark, DE; sister, Charlotte Cinq-Mars and husband, Robert, of Sandy Hook, CT; grandchildren, Stephanie M. Hofer (USMC), Joshua A. Hofer, Elisha N. Merrick, Damien M. Wieland (USN), Duane A. Douglas III, Branden R. Douglas, David W. Parton, and Mark C. Parton (USMC); great grandchildren, Chandler and Kylie Merrick; and several devoted nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held from 6 pm to 8 pm on Wednesday, September 21, 2011, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE. A funeral service will be held at 12:30 pm on Thursday, September 22, 2011, at the funeral home, where a second visitation will begin at 11:30 am. Interment will follow in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear, DE.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Lung Association, 630 Churchmans Road, Ste. 202, Newark, DE 19702.