Marie A. Butler

April 16th, 2020

Marie A. Butler (Chisholm) age 87, a life-long resident of Wilmington, passed away on April 15, 2020.

Marie was born in Wilmington on September 17, 1932; she was the dear daughter of the late Paul and Irene (McMahon) Chisholm. Marie attended Wilmington public schools where she was quite an athlete and graduated from Wilmington High School with the Class of 1950; the last Class to graduate from the old High School also known as the Swain School.

Marie married Carl “Hawk” Butler in 1955; they had four children Carlene, Carl Jr., Bob and Susan. Throughout the years, Marie, attended countless school, sporting events, and dance recitals for her kids; she was active in the Booster Club and was always on the sidelines cheering them on. Marie also enjoyed her role as “Nana” to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and she loved spoiling them every chance she got.

Marie raised her family in a “great neighborhood” where her neighbors were considered part of an extended family and they had many great times throughout the years. Marie also had a lot of life-long friends who she enjoyed spending time with. The girls looked forward to their summer days spent at Moody Beach in Wells, Maine, they loved to bowl, and go to their weekly bingo games.

Marie worked for many years as a secretary for several local businesses including Sanmina Corporation and Johnson’s Roses. Marie was an excellent typist, she was smart, conscientious and a pleasure to work with; all attributes that made her quite successful throughout the years.

Marie will be remembered for her strong faith, her unwavering loyalty to her family and friends and her outgoing personality. She was a very nice lady who will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Marie was the wife of the late Carl “Hawk” Butler, mother of Carlene James and her husband David of Duncanville, TX, the late Carl W. Butler Jr., Rev. Bobby Butler and his wife Melissa of Belmont, MA and Susan Hagopian and her husband Ara of North Chelmsford, MA. “Nana” of Michael James and his wife Monika, Jonathan James and his wife Vanessa, Kevin James and his wife McKenzie, Kyle Butler, Amanda Butler, Juliana Butler and great-grandchildren Marley, Emilyne, Eva Hope and Haley Joy James. Sister of Dorothy Stockwell and her late husband David of Longmeadow, MA, Henry Chisholm and his wife Ruth Anne of Delaware, Arthur Chisholm and his wife Kay of Delaware and the late William Chisholm and his late wife Betty. Marie is further survived by her nieces, nephews and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Marie’s memory may be made to the March of Dimes, P. O. Box 18819, Atlanta, GA 31126.

Due to the current situation with the Corona Virus and for the safety of everyone, the Butler Family has decided to do a private service at this time. A memorial Mass and Celebration of Marie’s life will be held at a later date. Please follow our website for updated information.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Wilmington, MA.


20 Entries in Guest Book for “Marie A. Butler”

  1. Nancy Randell Kelley says:

    I was so lucky to grow up in a neighborhood full of great moms, Marie among them.Always a smile, always an open door. No matter what she had joy and sweetness in her heart.And nobody could out-whistle Marie. She was an extraordinary woman. Rest In Peace.

  2. Wendy Wiberg says:

    Who didn’t love Marie Butler? She was a woman full of goodness and spunk, a fiesty zip, and a hardy laugh. During some of her final years in her home on Salem St., she and I would visit, and I’d often ask her if she felt like heading out for an ice cream; her response was always the same: “Why not?!” Despite her illness, she retained the cheerful sweetness that was always Marie. I see so much of Marie in Carlene. Her spirit lives on.

  3. Jean (Novak) Olson says:

    Carlene & Family – My very fond memories of Marie are of a welcoming, smiling mom who always wanted to hear about your life! She was so expressive when she spoke, something we all found utterly endearing. I can hear her now! And they don’t come much stronger than Marie, that’s for certain. My heartfelt sympathy to you all, she will always be remembered and deeply missed.

  4. Doreen Weeks says:

    Marie must have truly been an amazing woman. I have the wonderful privilege of knowing her daughter Carlene. She has been a shining light for Jesus as long as I’ve known her. From loving children on mission trips to other countries, to serving families in DFW, to teaching children for many years… her heart shines through. I know her mother would be so proud of the wonderful person she is. Although I never had the privilege of knowing Marie, I prayed for her for many days because of my love for Carlene. May He wrap His loving arms around your entire family through this season of saying goodbye.

  5. Janice Quandt says:

    To the Butler family Marie was a wonderful person. I went to school with her and was always smiling and enjoying herself. She was there for everyone. I will remember her always. A very good friend!!!! Rest in Peace Marie.

  6. Kathy Boylen says:

    Carlene and Family Your mother always cracked me up ! That laugh ,which of course Carlene inherited, was the greatest. She always had a smile for everybody. When she helped St Thomas sell pies on July Fourth in the famous
    “Piece O Pie” booth with my mother they had a great time and a lot of laughs.
    Our condolences to you all
    Kathy and Mary Boylen

  7. Dianne Pintrich Herther says:

    Carlene and Family, my deepest sympathies. Marie was the most wonderful, upbeat, fun and kind lady and my mother’s dearest friend. From their days together supporting the kid’s sporting events to their days at Moody Beach and everything in between, Marie’s laugh was ever present. She and her joyous laugh will never be forgotten. Love to you all and much peace in the days ahead.

  8. Beverly Berrigan says:

    Beverly Berrigan says:

    So sorry for your loss. I knew and worked with Marie. We worked at Altron/Sanmina
    together. Always had a great smile and great sense of humor. I always enjoyed talking with her. May she rest in peace. God bless.

  9. William Fay says:

    Another part of the wonderful era of Wilmington in the late 1940’s and 1950’s has left us… it’s the ready smile that I’ll always remember….I came to know Marie as a regular visitor to the Pilcher home on Brand Avenue, where I grew up… with seven Pilcher’s, the house was a social center of teenagers through those years….the gatherings ,the barbecues, the music and the fun, and Marie was at the center of it all, along with the rest of her friends…and I, never suspecting I’d later be the principal of her children’s school….rest easy, Marie, you left the world a lot better place by being part of it… job well done…!!!

  10. Henry Chisholm says:

    Hi — I am Marie’ s brother — thanking all of you who stepped up with those wonderful messages about Marie — we all grew up at 310 Middlesex Avenue– I moved with my mother and father — sister and brother to Wilmington ,Delaware in 1953 — many visits back through all of these years with my family to see Marie andCarlene Carl -Bobby and Susan — – nobody could have loved a sister more — we had more fun together — and Yes — her laugh will always be with me

  11. Dotty Campbell says:

    So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. My prayers and thoughts are with you.

  12. Bob Butler says:

    Just wanted to thank the kind words and gestures from so many. Huge among them is the kindness of Margaret, Joe, Kelly, and everyone at Nichols. They are the best and doing a fantastic job during the toughest of times. My mom loved Wilmington; our family does too. God bless you all and stay safe & healthy!

  13. Alan Randell says:

    It is said it takes a village to raise a child, I had a neighborhood of 2nd moms and Marie was one of them. Marie was always there with an extra band-aid after watching me doing something stupid from across the street. She was there to keep us (unsuccessfully) from running thru the clouds of fog from the big mosquito trucks that ran thru the neighborhood. As a kid in the summertime, you always new when it was time to come home when you heard her whistle. I will always remember grocery shopping day when Bob and I would go shopping with our moms and get to go to Friendly’s after. Marie was such a kind person, I was lucky to have her in my life and I will cherish her memories.

  14. Sheila Burns Barry says:

    Game day would not have been complete without Mrs Butler and Mrs Pintrich in the stands at Wilmington High School -long after their own kids had graduated they still came to cheer us on! She was special!

  15. Barbara & Ed Sousa says:

    Marie will always be missed, but she will always be a part of Salem Street and Wilmington. From the day we bought the house across the street, she touched our lives in a way nobody else could. We became family. We will always be family. Bobby, Susan, Carlene, you will always be a part of our family. We love you all. Your Mom will always have a special place in our hearts

  16. jack cushing says:

    I will treasure my time with MARIE and MRS. GARDEN as they introduced me to the WHS Booster’s program. The time we spent in the concession stand was my training to become President. Marie was the total “WILDCAT” fan and supporter. May she rest in peace-she earned it.

  17. Frank West says:

    To the Butler family- Karen and I are saddened at your loss. Rest asure that she has gone to Heaven and is in the glory of God. May God bless the Butler family now and always!!

  18. Beatrice Randell says:

    Marie was a lifelong friend, we had so many good times together, our homes
    were always open to each other, for tea or just a conversation.
    We all feel deeply for this loss, but know she is at peace, and has left
    us with these wonderful memories.

  19. Gerard Carlo says:

    Bob. I was so sorry to hear of your moms passing. Reading all of these wonderful reminiscences and knowing you I can only imagine what a wonderful woman she was. She must have been a proud mother too. I really don’t know what to say at a time like this. I thank her for having you as a son She did a good job. God bless you and your family. I know she is watching over you and smiling.

  20. Lori (McNabb) Bicknell says:

    Sorry for your loss. Thoughts are with you Carlene and Butler families.

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