Butt, Mabel

April 14th, 2011

Mabel Kirby Butt, age 102, of a long-time resident of Wilmington, died peacefully at her home on Thursday, April 14, 2011, surrounded by her loving family.

Mabel was born on October 9, 1908 in Newfoundland, Canada, she was the cherished daughter of the late William and Jane (Evely) Kirby. Mabel grew up in Canada and was educated there, she moved to the United States in 1926, settling in Cambridge with relatives. Mabel, being ahead of her time, attended Fisher Junior College in Boston, graduating with a degree in Business, and at the time of her death was recognized as the oldest living graduate.

Mabel accepted a job at Filenes Department Store in Boston in the high end dress department known as the “French Shoppe”, where her sales skills, personality, and devotion to her clients was remarkable.

Mabel married the love of her life William Fraser Butt in 1935, they had a wonderful life and shared 62 years of marriage before his passing in 1997. Mabel and Bill moved to Wilmington in 1941, where they would remain for the rest of their lives. Bill started his own contracting business in Wilmington with Mabel at his side, they worked hard and built great business and had a reputation that was well respected. Mabel and Bill let others in their families know how much they loved Wilmington which resulted in many others family members settling in town.

Upon moving to Wilmington, Mabel joined the Wilmington United Methodist Church, she quickly became involved in her church community. She was very active in coordinating church suppers and was a big part of the annual church fairs, which she made countless gifts to be raffled off or sold. Mabel was also a member of the Eastern Star, United Methodist Women, Women’s Circle, the Garden Club, and the Wilmington Women’s Club, she was always doing for others and volunteering at their many fund raisers.

In her spare time, Mabel enjoyed sewing, knitting, and crafts, which she was very talented at, she also was a great cook and baker, making the best bread that her family and friends have ever tasted. She also enjoyed traveling, taking road trips, and boating in Essex and up the East Coast with her husband Bill.

Most important in Mabel’s life was her family, she was a devoted wife, a great mother, and a loving grandmother, there wasn’t anything that she wouldn’t do for them. She made many holiday’s memorable and was also interested in their everyday lives. Mabel made each member of her family feel special and she loved them unconditionally, they will miss her dearly and feel blessed to have had her in their lives for so many years.

Mabel was the beloved wife of the late William “Frazer” Butt, devoted mother of Paul K. Butt & his wife Donna and Joan L. Tuxbury & her late husband David all of Wilmington, loving grandmother of Karen Butt, Kristen May & her husband Andrew, John Butt & his wife Shannon, Carolyn Pensavalli & her husband Domenic, Scott Tuxbury & his wife Jennifer, and great-grandchildren Jack, Lauren, Carson & Nolan Butt, Cooper & Avery May, Sydney & Christopher Pensavalli, and Madeleine & Jack Tuxbury, dear sister of Donald Kirby & his wife Minnie of Wilmington, the late Anne Parsons, Florence Roberts, Max Kirby, Lillian Kirby, Leander Kirby, Cecil Kirby, and Flora Kirby, Mabel is also survived by many nieces & nephews and her sister-in-law Min Kirby of Kansas.

Visiting hours were held at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Monday, April 18th from 6-8 p.m. Mabel’s Funeral Service was held on Tuesday, April 19th at 10:00 a.m. in the Wilmington United Methodist Church. Interment took place in the family lot at Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

Memorial donations in Mabel’s name may be made to the United Methodist Women, c/o Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church St., Wilmington, MA 01887.


2 Entries in Guest Book for “Butt, Mabel”

  1. Beatrice & Vernon Randell says:

    To Paul, Joan & family. Your mom will be missed, not too many Nflds.
    left. We remember her and your dad so well, wonderful people, had so many great memories of them as we all grew up together in Wilmington.
    Bea and Vern Randell

  2. George and Linda Szadis says:

    How wonderful to have had your mother for such a length of time. Her obituary was such a reminder of having an active fulfilling life with a close family.
    We are sure you will be consoled by so many nice memories and recollections from the many years you were able to enjoy her presence. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

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