SOUTH ROYALTON — A memorial funeral service followed by a reception will be held on Friday, April 11 at 1 p.m. at The United Church of South Royalton for Marion I. Button, 95, who died March 31 at Gifford Medical Center in Randolph. Reverend Ken White will preside. Burial will be in the Branch View Cemetery in South Royalton.
She was born Feb. 6, 1919 in Bethel, daughter of Arthur E. and Iva L. (Russ) Wood.
Marion graduated from South Royalton High School in the class 1937.
She married Clarence Josiah (Joe) Button of Chelsea on July 6, 1942. They lived all their married life in South Royalton.
Marion worked as a telephone operator and receptionist for a dentist and optometrist. Marion spent the rest of her time as a homemaker.
She was a member of the United Church of South Royalton. Sister Marion I. Button joined Rising Sun Chapter, No. 12, in South Royalton on Nov. 7, 1946, and became a member of Forest-Unity Chapter, No. 82, in Sharon on Feb. 4, 2001, when those two Chapters consolidated. She served Rising Sun Chapter as Ruth, Marshal, Associate Conductress, Conductress, Associate Matron, Worthy Matron for 18 years, Secretary for 12 years and Treasurer. She served as District Deputy Grand Matron in 1956-1958 and Grand Representative of Arkansas. In 1958, she was appointed Grand Lecturer by Sister Nellie French and continued through the chairs to serve as Worthy Grand Matron, presiding over the “Star of Love” Session in 1965 with Brother George K. MacDonald as her Worthy Grand Patron. Sister Marion was appointed to the Fraternal Relations Committee of the General Grand Chapter for the 1979-1982 Triennium.
She enjoyed gardening, sewing, all of her nieces and nephews and family gatherings and particularly spending time with her grandson, David.
Survivors include her son, Bruce Button and Katherine Ash of Concord, Mass. and grandson, David Button of Boston, Mass.; a sister, Rita Turner of Bethel; nephew, Richard and his wife, “Bunny” Button of Chelsea; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She was predeceased by her husband, Clarence “Joe” Button; and two brothers, Newall A. Wood and Duane Wood.
Memorial contributions may be made to Vermont Eastern Star Home, Inc., c/o Deborah Litchfield, P.G.M. P.O. Box 1113, West Townshend, 05359.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Boardway and Cilley Funeral Home in Chelsea.
A private message of sympathy for the family can be shared at www.boardwayandcilley.com.
This obituary first appeared in the April 10, 2014 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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