Marie Butler

Sadly, on August 4, 2023, the world mourned the loss of Marie Louise Butler, a radiant soul who left a lasting impact on those she encountered. Born on March 21, 1942, Marie was an independent and vibrant woman who charted her own path in life. With a sharp wit and a brilliant smile, she was a force of nature that brought joy to all. Growing up on Frank Avenue in Riverside, Marie was the 5th child of Marguerite and Leo Lauzon. Their home was filled with love, laughter, music, and prayer. In 1966, Marie married Gerald Butler and together they moved to Belle River, where she embraced farm life and raised their three children. Music had always been a significant part of Marie’s life, and she cherished singing with her siblings and being a proud member of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra Chorus. Always infatuated with the beauty and power of music, Marie’s heart was deeply connected to it. Marie’s professional endeavors primarily revolved around automotive plastics engineering, where her organizational skills and determination proved invaluable. However, her colleagues cherished her most for her ability to infuse the workplace with fun. Everything Marie touched held meaning and purpose. Whether it was her artwork or her gardens, she had an innate talent for transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. Known for her exceptional hosting and culinary skills, Marie’s home was a place of gathering, filled with music, laughter, delectable food, and celebrations. Each moment was made special through her devoted love and attention to detail. In addition to her many interests and passions, Marie adored golfing and treasured the time she spent with friends. With impeccable comedic timing and an adventurous spirit, she traveled the world, always eager to explore and appreciate all that it had to offer. However, her greatest source of joy was being a mother to her children, Jayson (Amy), Joanne (Mark), and Gerald (Kim), and a beloved Meme to her grandchildren Brady, Sydney, Cole, Sabrina, Gerald Patrick, Jeramy, Dylan, and Matt. Their presence in her life brought her immeasurable happiness, and she loved them unconditionally. The loss of Marie was preceded by her parents, husband, and siblings Jerome, Pauline, Elise, and Norm. She is survived by her siblings Gerard, Madeleine, Rose Anne, Roland, Roger, Leo, Gus, Denise, Denis, and Marguerite. The family extends their heartfelt gratitude to the Windsor Cancer Centre and The Hospice of Windsor and Essex County, with a special mention of Brandon and Dorothy, whose compassion and care brought comfort during a difficult time. Visitation will be held on Sunday, August 13, 2023, from 2-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Funeral services will take place on Monday, August 14, 2023, at 10 a.m. at Families First (1065 Lauzon Rd., East Windsor, 519-969-5841), followed by interment at Heavenly Rest Cemetery. Memorial donations can be made to Hospice. Marie was the glue that held her family and friends together, fearlessly facing the world with determination and grit. Celebrating, supporting, and fiercely loving her loved ones, Marie left an indelible mark on the lives of those fortunate enough to know her. With her absence, the world has lost a beacon of love and light. In honor of her memory, let us strive to emulate her by spreading love and brightness in our own lives. To share memories, photos, or make a donation, visit

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