Mary Evelyn Butler died peacefully on March 13, 2016 in Terre Haute, Indiana, where she lived with her daughter. A memorial service will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church at 2 p.m. on April 22, 2016.
Mary Evelyn was a “firecracker” born in Lake Mississippi on July 4, 1922 to Dr. Albert Lee Monroe and Nora Parks Monroe. She came to Yazoo City to teach at Main Street Elementary School and became the principal. She was active in her church and community. She served on the board at the Kings Daughters Hospital and served as President of the Mary Brickell Circle of the Kings Daughters and Sons, as well as State President. She was especially proud of the Building of the Martha Coker Greenhouses, the first stand-alone greenhouse skilled nursing facility in the county. One of the houses was named the Butler house in her honor. She was also instrumental in building the King’s Daughters group home.
She was preceded in death by her husband Christopher W. Butler, her son Christopher W. Butler, Jr., her parents Dr. Albert Lee Monroe and Nora Parks Monroe; her sister Frances Monroe; James and Margaret Monroe Reno; and brothers Harold and Lumas Monroe.
She is survived by her daughter Mary Frances Tabor (Augustus Tabor, Jr.), daughter in law Mary Edith Butler; special friend Julie McGraw Hoffman, and three grandchildren: Dr. Katherine Tabor O’Brien (Patrick) of Arlington, Virginia, Augustus Tabor III of Costa Mesa, California, and Mariah Monroe Tabor of San Diego, California.
Mary Evelyn, Mama, and Nanny will be missed deeply. She was full of love and a true southern lady.
Memorials may be sent to the Martha Coker Greenhouses or Trinity Episcopal Church.