Barbara Thayer Butler – Duluth News Tribune

Barbara Thayer Butler, 89, of Duluth passed away peacefully on Friday, March 11, 2022. Barbara was born in Duluth to Verna Thayer (Drenning) and Jorice Edward Brown. She was a graduate of Duluth Central High School and later earned a degree in government and international relations from Carleton College. Barbara worked for US Steel as a French translator, where she met her future husband, John Butler. Barbara was a Girl Scout troop leader and later president of the Northern Pines Girl Scout Council. Barbara was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church where she was a lector, chalice bearer, lay Eucharistic minister and member of the sacristy. Barbara felt called to become an ordained deacon in the Episcopal Church and was ordained in 1987. For many years she was an active deacon at St. Paul’s and was also a member of the Cursillo Episcopal Fellowship of Minnesota. Barbara was a member of PEO and the Kitchi Gammi Club. She was an avid reader and enjoyed boating and camping. Above all, she loved spending time with her family.

Barbara is predeceased by her parents, husband John T. Butler and daughter Thayer A. Butler.

Barbara is survived by her daughters: Robin B. (Daniel) Edgerton, Rebecca T. Butler (Jeremy Laundergan) and Barbara B. (John) Bloom; grandchildren Scarlett, Erik and Peter Korhonen; Angelique (Nathan) Dahlberg, Elisabeth and Alexander Edgerton; John and Michael Butler; and Christopher, Nicholas and Anna Bloom; and great-grandchildren Silas, Killian and Samuel.

VISITING: 5-7 p.m. Friday at Dougherty Funeral Home, 600 E. 2nd Str. The service will be at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1710 E. Superior Street, Duluth, followed by interment at Forest Hill Cemetery. Favorite memorials at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Arrangements by Dougherty Funeral Home, 218-727-3555.

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