Mary Butler

Mary E. Butler (Ravanis)

August 8, 1949 - April 16, 2020
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CHELMSFORD - Mary E. Butler, age 70, a longtime resident of Chelmsford, passed away peacefully in her home on Thursday, April 16, 2020 surrounded by her loving family after a hard fought battle with cancer. She was the beloved wife of Paul Butler with whom she shared nearly 49 years of marriage.

She was born in Lowell, MA on August 8, 1949 and was the daughter of the late John and S. (Demogenes) Ravanis.

Mary graduated from Lowell High School in 1967 and from Andover Institute of Business in 1969 where she earned her Associates degree. Prior to her retirement, she worked as a Human Resources Office Manager at the Omega Management Group for over 20 years. She also worked in Chelmsford, MA for Dr. Cappetta and in Bangor, Maine at The Hope House. She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. Mary loved her vacations, especially to Disney World and Hawaii.

Mary’s greatest legacy will always be the memory of her dedication to her family. Mary is survived by her loving husband, Paul Butler and her two loving children: Sue Butler Ritson and her Fiancé, Derek Patria of Lowell, MA, Paul “Chip” Butler II of Lowell, MA; step-daughters, Nina and her husband Ronnie Warren of Apple Valley, CA and Dena Enborg and Billy Joe Wade of Victorville, CA; grandchild, Amanda Ritson; step-grandchildren, Jenna Fenchak, Jerry Davenport, Natashia Patria and Drew Patria; many beloved great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. Mary was also survived by her older brother and his wife, James and Cindy Ravanis, of Pelham, NH and cousins Nickie and Don MacDonald.

A private funeral service will be held at Westlawn Cemetery with close family due to the current circumstances surrounding COVID-19. A Celebration of Mary’s life will be announced at a later date so that her friends and family may attend. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in memory of Mary Butler to support Dr. Joyce Liu’s Research Fund at: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or via Checks should be made out to Dr. Joyce Liu’s Research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the memo should say “in memory of Mary Butler”. Arrangements have been entrusted to the BLAKE CHELMSFORD FUNERAL HOME, 24 Worthen St., CHELMSFORD, MA.

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    Westlawn Cemetery
    Boston Road/Spencer Street
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Private Condolence

John Maraganis

Posted at 12:09pm


Lisa Milinazzo

Posted at 10:36am
Dear Paul and family,
Please accept my sincere condolences on Mary’s passing.
Mary embodied love, compassion, integrity, wisdom, a strong faith, great pride in her family, a tremendous sense of humor and the fortitude of a true Lowellian.
Qualities this world needs more of, not less.

Paul and family, may your memories comfort you and may God give you strength during this difficult time.

Thanks for your friendship Mary, I cherish and miss our talks, and miss your beautiful smile.

Until we meet again,
Lisa Milinazzo

John & Mary Lou Maraganis

Posted at 01:45pm
John and Marylou Maraganis
We were so sadden to hear about Mary's passing last Thursday, even now, as I am typing and looking at her smiling face, it is so difficult to accept. Mary was much more than an employee to me, she was first and always my friend. I grew up in Lowell's Acre section with her and her brother Jimmy and we shared fond memories of our youth and later built memories as adults. Mary was the most kindest -loyal person I have ever met. She was always first to help someone in need -she was a peacemaker-and was the model for "first responders". She was most happiest when creating memories by sharing special events (Disney World-Hawaii-BBQ-Birthdays) with her family - friends. She was devoted to her family and rightly proud of her husband, children and Amanda. I will miss Mary for a very long time, and I am so thankful that she was a part of my life. We are comforted that she is in God's arms now and no further harm can come to her. Mary rest in peace as your memory will live forever.

our deepest condolences to
Paul -Suzie -Chip- Jimmy

Bill Bradley

Posted at 08:26am
Mary was certainly one of a kind, and there are clearly not enough people like her. Even though I was never an actual employee, Mary would always ask how I'm doing and was truly interested in my answer. Sometimes she would take me aside to explain things going on around the office just so I was sensitive to certain situations. Her warm smile and love of people -- especially family -- have never left my heart.
I pray for Paul, Susie and Chip that they find the strength to carry on during this hour of deep pain. Remember, no one is ever really gone until they're forgotten. So Mary will always be with us.

Bill Bradley


Posted at 08:24pm
I will love you forever my forever friend. Not good bye but till I see you again. I am praying for your family to have the Lord Jesus give them strength and help to accept you have become an angel in the heavenly kingdom. Miss you forever. Deep sincere love. Thank you for 55 years of friendship.
Pauline Anton

Sheryl Baker Posted at 01:31pm

Paul and family, Mary was an old friend of mine from Andover Institute of Business. So many years have passed and yet every Christmas we exchanged Christmas cards and short notes always promising to get together. I will cherish the old memories and pray that your memories of the wonderful person she was help you through the days ahead. Please let me know when you have a service for her as I would definitely want to attend. God bless you and your family. Sherry and Bruce Baker

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