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In Memory of

Mary Verne Butler

August 26, 1927 - January 3, 2018

Obituary


Mary S. Butler, affectionately known as Gammy by everyone, left us after ninety years on January 3, 2018. She began her full life in Shreveport, LA, on August 26, 1927, called Houston home for a half-century, then moved to spend her final years among family in Navasota, TX.

Gammy enjoyed countless novels-worth of adventures including cheerleading for the University of Houston, acting as housemother for Rice University, traveling the world, living abroad, family road trips, learning to ski, whitewater raft, hike yet never failing to make a lasting impression upon everyone she met, from...

Mary S. Butler, affectionately known as Gammy by everyone, left us after ninety years on January 3, 2018. She began her full life in Shreveport, LA, on August 26, 1927, called Houston home for a half-century, then moved to spend her final years among family in Navasota, TX.

Gammy enjoyed countless novels-worth of adventures including cheerleading for the University of Houston, acting as housemother for Rice University, traveling the world, living abroad, family road trips, learning to ski, whitewater raft, hike yet never failing to make a lasting impression upon everyone she met, from her weekly bridge groups to a university president. Gammy personified an elegant Southern lady- generous and kind, a true steel magnolia; who loved music, began dancing at a young age and took every opportunity to sing and dance throughout her long life.

Her presence will be greatly missed by her daughter Susan, and husband, Luke, their four children, Tara, Luke, Brian, and Courtney, and their families, which include four great-grandchildren; and her son David, wife D'lina, and his daughter, Ashley. She's also leaving her many cherished stepchildren, grandchildren, and great-children that brought her such joy.

Gammy is presently enjoying a heavenly reunion with her first love, husband, and the father of her children, Joseph A. Buvens, her eldest son, Joseph A. Buvens Jr. (Chip), her beloved Aunt Snooky, her husband of twenty-seven years, John O. Butler, and countless family members and life-long greatly missed friends.

A Celebration of her life will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, January 12 at Memorial Funeral Chapel in Bryan.