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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 them.

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 years.

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.

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