Obituary from the Warren family bible (newspaper unknown, assumed to be the Elk Rapids Progress):
THE PASSING OF MRS. BUTLER
Without Warning he End Came at Dwight, Ill., Where She was Visiting.
Soon after the sunrise hour Friday morning a message came over the wire which, as it was transmitted from a friend to a friend of our peaceful little village, caused them to pause in the first hurry and bustle of the day's work and question its possible turthfulness. It informed us that Mrs. Joseph Butler, the genial, cheery, capable, loving and loved friend, had passed the border line of this known world of ours into the great unknown from whence she would not return. She, who seemed the very embodiment of splendid health, tireless ambition and sparkling life, with a long stretch of years before her in which to enjoy them all, so..... are past finding out," and it is true that our friend, neighbor, social leader, the home maker and devoted mother will no more share with us those genial qualities of her nature that made her universally loved.
In October Mrs. Butler left Elk Rapids to spend an indefinite time visiting among relatives and friends. She first went to Kalkaska, to Mrs. Mahan, and a few day after her arrival there the Mahan home was quarantined for small pox, and she with the rest. She remained, assisting in the home whle Mrs. Mahan nursed her husband through his illness. Neither of the women took the disease, and as soon as the quarantine was lifted, - about Christmas time, - she went to her sister's home in Grand Rapids, where she was joined by her daughters, who spent the holidays there with their mother. Mrs. Butler remained with her sister until the first week in February, then went to Dwight, Ill., to visit her nieces, Mrs. Grace Corbett Baker, and Mrs. Barbara Corbett Oughten.
In all these weeks she never spoke of feeling ill, not dreamed that her life was menaced by any physcial condition, not did her friends. On Thursday of last week, February 12th, she, in company with Mrs. Baker, attended an evening party, and was in her brightest mood, - the life of the party. While returning, and when within a half block of Mrs. Oughten's home, she complained of trouble in breathing, paused in her walk, and requested her niece to summon Dr. Oughten. She remained standing until Mrs. Baker returned from her hurried trip to her sister's home and remarked shea was "glad help was coming," then sank unconscious upon the snow. She was taken immediately to the Oughten home, where physicians administered strong heart ... but the feeble pulse remianed ... and soon ceased altogether. The unseen, unknown, undreamed of spectre that had walked beside her for many weeks had touched the heart and stilled it forever.
Alice Elizabeth Hughes, daughter of John and Martha Hughes, was born in Alpena, Mich., September 3, 1869, and came with her parents to Elk Rapids when she was three years old, and here she has lived for more than forty-one years. Her childhood, girlhood, and married life have all been spent among the people of this village, and she is known by the people of all the surrounding country.
On September 30, 1889, she was united in marriage to Joseph Butler who passed on last June. During all the years they lived together these two dispensed open-hearted hospitality in their home, and were active in all that pertained to the betterment of Elk Rapids. She was a tower of strength to her family, meeting the needs of each so serenely and so fully they scarcely realized there was any effor on her part.
Mrs. Butler is survived by daughters, Helen and Josephine, both of whom are college graduates and successful teachers, Helen at Rochester and Josephine at Harbor Springs, and by two sisters, Mrs. Dr. Watson of Grand Rapids, and Mrs. Martha Hughes Lawr of Walker, Minn.
The remains were brought t Elk Rapids Saturday, accompanied by Mrs. Baker, Dr. Oughten and Dr. and Mrs. Watson, and were taken to the old home where they remained until Monday, when the funeral was held at St. Paul's Church at 10:30 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Worger-Slade of Traverse City, and intement was made in Maple Grove beside her husband. The pall bearers were Charles Carver, Fred Ellis, Harry Magoon, F.O. Aslett... the same friends with one exception, as those who, in June, laid Mr. Butler beneath the roses, lowered her to rest beneath the snow. The floral offerings were many and beautiful.
The out-of-town friends who joined the daughters in attendance at the funeral were Dr. and Mrs. Watson of Grand Rapids......
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