Genevieve (Ash) Butt
Genevieve “Gen” Butt, recently of Topsfield and a long time resident of
Revere, and beloved wife of Lester A. “Les” Butt died on August 10, 2012
at her daughter’s home in Topsfield after a long illness. She was
ninety-three years old.
Her late parents, Robert Ash and Diana Mortimer Ash, were born in
Newfoundland. As young adults, both Gen and Les’ parents moved to the
United States and settled in the Chelsea and Revere area. Gen and Les
knew each other their entire lives and were friends during childhood.
Their friendship turned to love, and while Les was in the Army during
WWII they married on March 7, 1942 at Revere Methodist Church when Les
took a brief leave from his military duties. That love and marriage
lasted for more than seventy years. For sixty years they resided
together in Revere in a home built for them at 234 Vane Street by Gen’s
brother-in-law Chet Reynolds.
Gen was a strong and independent woman. She graduated from Revere High
School and attended Emerson College and Northeastern University. She was
an accomplished seamstress. She worked at John Hancock Life Insurance
Company, Boston before raising her family and returned to work for The
Travelers Insurance Company, Boston when her children were in school.
Gen was a Sunday School teacher and superintendent for many years at
Revere Methodist Church and later taught at Good Shepard Methodist
Church, Malden. Gen cherished the children she taught and her time with
Family was very important to Gen as was her strong faith in God. Asbury
Grove was a part of Gen and Les' lives from early on when they were
brought as infants by their parents by open air trolley car from Revere
to Hamilton for Camp Meeting Services and stayed for weeks in Asbury
Grove. They owned their own Asbury Grove cottage in the 1950's and
attended Sunday services and activities at Asbury Grove through the
Gen and Les enjoyed traveling during their marriage, and after
retirement they traveled extensively, enjoying each others company. Gen
adored her extended family and kept in touch with them as family members
moved from Massachusetts, often visiting them in their out-of-state
homes. She also traveled to Newfoundland to visit with her and Les'
Newfoundland family members. Gen was proud of her Newfoundland roots and
kept track of and researched her genealogy.
In addition to her husband, Gen is survived by her daughter Diana Butt
Campbell and her son-in-law James Campbell of Topsfield, her son Jon
Butt of Atlanta, Georgia; grandchildren James, Lisa and Alan Campbell,
Pamela Helling, Jon and Ricci Butt; great-grandchildren Tyler, Ethan and
Dylan Campbell, Michelle and Ian Tomlinson, Rachel Beck, Brenden
Overseth, Morgan and Jaxon Butt and Jonathan Murphy; sister-in-law
Dorothy Butt Ash of Texas and brother-in-law and sister-in-law Richard
and Phyllis Britt of California, and many adored nieces, nephews and
cousins. She was predeceased by five siblings, Herbert Ash, Florence
“Tot” Ash Reynolds, George “Carl” Ash, Viola Ash Aiesi and Winona Ash,
and brothers-in-law, N. Chester Reynolds and Donald Aiesi.
Gen's journey on earth is over, but for those who love her she will
remain in their hearts forever.
There will be a
Celebration Of Life Service on September 13, 2012, Gen's 94th birthday,
at 2:00 pm at Asbury Grove, Hamilton, Massachusetts. A reception at the
Asbury Grove Dining Hall will immediately follow the Service. Relatives
and friends are invited to attend. Arrangements are by the
Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich. In lieu of flowers, donations
in her memory may be sent to The Home For Little Wanderers, Big Wishes
Program, Development Department, 271 Huntington Avenue, 2nd Floor,
Boston, MA 02115 or to the E. Stanley Jones Chapel at Asbury Grove, 1
Pleasant Avenue, Hamilton, MA 01982.