Emma M. Butler

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Emma M. Butler, 88 went peacefully to be with the Lord, October 31, 2021 at home in Columbus, Ohio. Emma retired from Ohio Bell in 1993.  After retirement, one of her favorite pastimes was shopping with her sister Dana. Emma loved the Lord, and was lifelong member of St. Paul AME Church.

The oldest of 11 children, Emma was the matriarch of her family. She opened up her home, her kitchen, and her heart to many. She was dedicated to her family and showed her love in many ways, one of which was her Sunday dinners that became a family tradition. She looked forward to spending holidays with her family gathered around the dining room table.

She was preceded in death by her husband Jerry M. Butler, Sr.; parents Burrell and Edith Kendrick; sons, Larry and Stephan Butler; brothers, Burrell Jr., William and David Kendrick; sisters, Nancy Kendrick, Shirley Franklin, and Joan Howell.

Left to cherish her memory children, Cheryl Guice, Jerry (Sharon) Butler, Charles Butler, Regina Moore, Gary (Rochelle) Butler, Daryl (Tomoko) Butler, and Jackie (Lamont) Jones; sisters, Burlene Smith, Dana Kendrick, Leondra (Herchel) Newman, and Elizabeth (Jerry) Carter; 21 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

 Public Viewing 9:00am-10:00am; Private Visitation 10:00am followed by a Private Funeral Service at 11:00am Monday, November 8, 2021 at St. Paul AME Church, 639 E. Long Street. MASK ARE REQUIRED. Interment at Green Lawn Cemetery.

Ministry of Comfort entrusted to MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST, 5456 E. Livingston Ave.


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Condolence Messages

  1. May you find peace and comfort thinking of sweet memories of a beautiful spirit.
    Juanita Bradley and family

  2. To my loving Butler family, Im sending prayer to you all for the passing of Great Aunt Emma , She will truly be missed.
    love always Tahira Waters

  3. My deepest sympathy to the Butler Family! Mrs. Butler was an amazing woman and mother. I will always remember her and how she treated everyone one, including me with such care and love.

    She will be truly missed! Thank you for sharing her with us all! Love you and praying for comfort during these times.

    Theresa Carter

  4. My dearest family I am so sorry for your loss my heart felt and deepest condolences for the loss of Mama Butler may God give comfort and strength during and after this difficult time I love y’all beyond words REIHP gorgeous Queen you will truly be missed

  5. Prayers of peace, comfort and healing for the Butler Family. God bless you and keep you always. ⚘

    Jodelle Mixon, neighbor on Lilley Ave.

  6. Elizabeth (Tiz) and Jerry Carter

    I will miss my big sister who was a light in my life. She was the one who got me ready for Sunday School when I was young. My love for her will be eternal I will miss her. May her loved ones find comfort in knowing she was truly loved and appreciated. Weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning

  7. BRENDA MCMillian Scott


  8. Jacqueline Knight St Paul AME Church

    My condolences to the Butler family upon the loss of your love one. May you find peace during this time.

  9. Barbara A. Johnson

    November 7, 2021

    These words are filled with thoughts and understanding, and with hope that each day ahead will bring a measure of comfort and peace. May God’s strength and mercy be yours today in your time of need. YOU ARE IN MY PRAYERS.


  10. We loved Sunday night and the wonderful butler traditions.

    Grandma butler as a wonderful, loving and kind woman who raised a beautiful family

    She was an angel on this earth!!

    Sending love and hugs from

    The Boyle Family
    Love you all

  11. My deepest condolences go out to the Butler family in your loss. May God comfort and bless you.

  12. Love & prayers from all The McEnery Family

    Grandma Butler and the entire Butler family, you welcomed our daughter into your family with love, grace and open arms. Emma, your amazing love & strength has touched so many lives. All the Butler family, thank you for sharing a very special lady with our family. May God forever hold her in the palm of His Hand.

  13. To the Butler family,
    My heartfelt condolences and prayers for the Butler family. May your memories created out of the love you shared help sustain you today and always. Prayers for unimaginable peace only God can provide.
    Love Ceola Garrett

  14. The McMillian Family

    To the Butler family may God be with you at this time. praying for your family.

  15. Yvonne (Biddy) Robertson

    To the Butler family, sincere condolences on the passing of Mrs. Butler. May the sweet memories you have provide you with comfort and peace during this difficult time. Prayers that God will surround you with his Grace and Mercy and provide you strength today and in the days to come. God Bless you.

  16. Esther and Mike McEnery

    So sorry for your los of an amazing woman, Grandmother , mother, sister aunt ,friend! My heart grieves with you!

  17. Teresa Freeman Moore and Erick Moore

    My prayers are with you Regina,Rhia,Monique For the loss of your Mother,Grandma.A special phone call came from God and I answered.I m going some where special and I will see you all the next time. ILove you all in God we trust.

  18. Patrice M Christian

    To Cheryl, Erica and the Butler family

    We send our prayers and condolences to the Butler family. A family that has always been there for their mother. A strong family that is loving and kind, always reaching out to help in a time of need. I pray they continue to share their love through there Sunday dinners. Continuing the legacy of LOVE, JOY and PEACE for the great and awesome Mrs Butler!

    Love and Prayers
    Patrice and Mike Christian

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