Mary Hays Blackwell Butler

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“If this were my last day I’m almost sure I’d spend it working in my garden.  I would dig about my little plants, and try to make them happy, so they would endure long after me.  Then I would hide secure where my green arbor shades me from the sky, and watch how bird and bee and butterfly came hovering to every flowery lure.  Then, as I rested, perhaps a friend or two, lovers of flowers would come, and we would walk about my little garden paths and talk of peaceful times when all the word seemed true.  This may be my last day, for all I know: What a temptation just to spend it so.”  Anne Higginson Spicer

Mary Hays Blackwell Butler of Madison, spent her last days enjoying her garden and basking in the love of her family and many friends.  She was 88 years old at the time of her death.  Those 88 years were filled with love and friends from all phases of her life.

Mrs. Butler was born on August 24, 1929, and grew up in the Broughton Road Community of Morgan County.  She was the daughter of James Stephens Blackwell and Lois Hays Blackwell.  Mrs. Butler graduated from Madison High School and Middle Georgia College.  She was married to David Coleman Butler, Jr. (deceased), for 55 years.

They were blessed with four children:  David Coleman Butler, III, and wife Mary Horne Butler of Townsend;  James (Jim) Blackwell Butler of Homosassa, Fla.; Polly Butler Paul and husband Keith Paul of Knoxville, Tenn.; and George Dallis Butler, III, (deceased).  She is survived by three grandchildren: Candice Butler Thomas (Bryan) of Cumming; George Coleman Carson of Denver, Col.; and Cameron Keith Paul of Knoxville, Tenn.  To her great joy she is also survived by many who called her their other mother and grandmother.

Mrs. Butler retired from the South Carolina Department of Mental Health in Columbia, S.C..  She was a member of Madison Baptist Church.  Her faith was a comfort and joy.

According to her wishes, there will be no funeral service.  She requests that family and friends are to spend time doing something for a loved one or someone in need.

Memorials may be made to Madison Baptist Church (328 South Main St., Madison, GA 30650) or to a humane society of your choice.

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