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Mary Louise Butterfield '65                   

Published in the Daily Herald on 2/25/2005

On February 21, 2005, Mary Louise Spencer passed away in Seattle, Washington. She was born April 8, 1947, in West Palm Beach, Florida, to John and Marjorie Butterfield.

Mary proudly graduated from the University of Texas in 1981, as a non-traditional student, raising two children and a husband. Mary went on to teach English at Round Rock High School through the mid ‘90s. She and her husband of 39 years, Mack Spencer, then moved from Georgetown, Texas, to Issaquah, Washington, to be closer to family and to make it possible for her to provide fulltime care for Mack, who suffers from Alzheimer's.

Thoughts of Mary will remind us of her kindness, generosity, wit, humor, strength of character, and her unyielding loyalty and commitment towards family and friends. She also had the rare ability to make everyone around her feel extremely welcome and completely comfortable regardless of the situation.

An except, from a Maya Angelou poem, captures the legacy of unconditional love and pride that Mary passes on to her family. It reads:

And when great souls die, after a period peace blooms, slowly and always
irregularly. Spaces fill
with a kind of soothing electric vibration. Our senses, restored, never
to be the same, whisper to us.
They existed. They existed. We can be. Be and be better. For they existed.

She would often say, “Don't worry about it, everything will work out in the end.”

Mary is survived and will be dearly missed and alwaysloved by her husband, Mack; her daughter, Julie; son, John; daughter-in-law, Leslie; grandson, Mason; and three of her sisters, Marge Brault, Joan Matlock and Theresa Matches.

A memorial service celebrating Mary's life was held on February 27, at Beck's Funeral Home, Edmonds, WA. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make donations to the following organizations that helped our family and my mother more than words can express. Please put “In Memory of Mary Spencer”: Positive Women's Network, 3701 Broadway, Everett, WA 98201 and / or Multifaith Works, 1801 12th Ave., Suite A, Seattle, WA 98122.