Beverly — Mrs. Ruth Olive (Saulnier) Butler passed away peacefully, surrounded by her husband and family, at Blueberry Hill Health Care Center on Thursday, Sept. 20. She was 93. Born in Hamilton, she was one of six girls born to Harry and Susie (Lougee) Saulnier. She was the beloved wife of Frederick J. Butler of Beverly; the couple married at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church and would have celebrated 65 years together in November. They settled in Beverly to raise their family. Ruth worked in several local department stores to help provide for their five children. She was a member of the Daughters of Isabella and was active with the resident council at the Roger Conant Apartments. Ruth enjoyed writing poetry and reading, crosswords and knitting, but nothing brought her more joy than time spent with her family or babysitting for her grandchildren. She loved to take in the simple beauty around her, be it a sunset, flower garden or through her travels. She will be remembered for her sense of humor and for always being there for her children and family.
In addition to her husband Frederick, she is survived by her children, Susan M. Calabro and her husband Guy of Beverly, Kathy A. Snow of Hamilton, Peggy L. Murphy and her husband Marty of Amesbury, Fred J. Butler of Gulfport, Fla. and Jim E. Butler of Beverly. She was the cherished Grammy of Amy, Michael and Beth Calabro, Paul and Kelly Snow, Melissa Aia, Jennifer Zientar, Austin and Ian Butler and her 11 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her five sisters.
ARRANGEMENTS: A funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 253 Cabot Street Beverly, on Monday, September 24 at 9 a.m. Relatives and friends invited. Visiting hours will be held in the Campbell-Lee, Moody, Russell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street North Beverly, on Sunday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in Ruth’s name can be made to the Alzheimer's Association 480 Pleasant Street, Watertown, MA 02472. Ruth’s family wishes to extend their gratitude to the staff at Blueberry Hill for the care shown to both their parent’s over the years. For information or to send a message of condolence please visit: www.campbellfuneral.com