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Mary (Donley) Butler

April 16, 1920 ~ July 25, 2021 (age 101)


Mary Pauline (Donley) Butler, age 101, of Kendallville, died July 25, 2021 at Lutheran Life Villages in Kendallville. Mrs. Butler was born in St. Joe, Indiana on April 16, 1920 to Fred and Mary (Wilmot) Donley. She graduated from St. Joe High School in 1938 and married Kenneth Max Butler on April 9, 1940 at the Justice of the Peace in Hicksville, Ohio. Mary worked at several factories over the years. She began at General Electric and Smoller Dress Factory both in Fort Wayne. Later, she worked at Gamemaster Garment Factory in Auburn. She retired from Taylor Made in Kendallville in 1986 after 17 years of service. She loved to sew, read, do crossword puzzles, play solitaire and spend time with her children and grandchildren.

Survivors include:
Son, Kenneth Lee and A. Christine Butler of Avilla.
Son, Richard and Cathy Butler of Ege.
Daughter, Barbara Jean and Robert Belschner of Avilla.
Daughter, Linda Sue and Gary Stover of Cromwell.
Daughter, Sandra Kay Hankins of Avilla.
Daughter, Debra Elaine and Joe Ross of Kendallville.
Daughter, Pamela Arlene and Ronald Walkup of Kendallville.
Daughter-in-law, Lois (Derrow) Butler of Albion.
Mary was blessed with 22 grandchildren and many great, great-great grandchildren and step great and great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Mary Butler; husband, Max; son, Joseph Harold Butler; two brothers, Wayne Harold Donley and Lawrence Albert Donley; two sisters, Ruth Porter and Zelma Lysher; and step grandchild, Bobby Harris.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, July 27, 2021 from 4:00 – 7:00 PM at Hite Funeral Home in Kendallville.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at 10:00 AM at Hite Funeral Home with visitation at 9:00 AM prior to the service.
Pastor Josh Detro will officiate the funeral service.
Burial will be at Avilla Cemetery. 

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July 27, 2021

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Hite Funeral Home
403 South Main Street
Kendallville, Indiana 46755

Funeral Service
July 28, 2021

10:00 AM
Hite Funeral Home
403 South Main Street
Kendallville, Indiana 46755

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