Lorraine W. Butler

February 2, 1933 – July 3, 2019

Lorraine Wubbena Butler, 86, went to be with the Lord on 3rd of July, 2019.  She spent her final days with her two daughters and their families and passed peacefully into the gates of Heaven holding her daughters’ hands.

Lori was born the 2nd of February, 1933, in Forreston, Illinois to Martha Annette Swalve and Samuel Albert Wubbena.  She graduated from Forreston High school in 1951 and worked in a jewelry store for a year to pay for college.  She graduated from Central College of Pella, Iowa in 1956 with a degree in music (voice and piano) and applied for a Danforth Graduate Fellowship.  She was one of 20 women chosen as a Danny Grad based on grades, leadership, expectations and Christian values and was assigned as a graduate assistant to a college campus at least 1,000 miles from home.  She was greeted in Raleigh, North Carolina by her professor who brought along a strong student to help carry her bags.  That student was Frederick Eugene “Gene” Butler who on the 29th of August, 1959, became her husband in the YMCA chapel on the campus of NC State.  After marriage, Gene and Lori lived in Pittsfield, MA; Waynesboro, VA; Clearwater, FL; Schenectady, NY and Wilmington, NC before moving to Ponce, Puerto Rico for 5 years as Gene worked as an electrical engineer for General Electric and Lori taught music in the public schools. 

After her Caribbean experience, the Butlers moved to Charlottesville, VA where Lori earned her Master’s degree in Education and taught English at Jack Jouett Middle School for 17 years.  She retired the year her first granddaughter was born. 

Beach weeks were a beloved annual tradition at various houses along the shores of North Carolina and involved lots of good food and board games.

In retirement, Lori and her husband were avid University of Virginia fans following the men’s basketball team on television and women’s basketball team from home games courtside to Tennessee, Hawaii, and Charlotte.  She was extremely excited to watch the UVA men’s basketball team win the national championship this year watching every minute of each playoff game. 

Lori traveled extensively throughout her life visiting at least 25 states and 10 countries through her many residences and 5 trips to Europe.
After Gene’s death in 2006, Lori traveled with her grandchildren on a Disney cruise, with friends to Alaska, and to Europe for a cruise on the Danube. 

Lori greatly enjoyed the company of her friends and neighbors in Charlottesville hosting game days, bridge and meals. She treated international students to meals in her home and she played baritone horn in the Charlottesville Second Wind Band for several years. 

Her final months were spent in Matthews, North Carolina at Weddington Park where she enjoyed great piano music and many games of Rummikub. 

Lori was a lifelong Christian receiving her first Bible in third grade through the Forreston Reformed Church, leading choir practices at United Church of Ponce and her multitude of roles at Trinity Presbyterian Church.  We believe she is sitting in Heaven on a beach watching a sunset. 

She will be remembered for her homemade cookies, pizza, applesauce and strawberry jam. 

She did not have a mean bone in her body, never uttered a profanity and set a stellar example of working hard and serving others. 


Lori is survived by her two daughters, Mary Elizabeth Mann and her husband Tim of Matthews, NC; and Lora Suzanne Couture and her husband Renaud of Hartford, CT; and three grandchildren: Julia Lorraine Mann, Molly Elizabeth Mann, and Carson Lawrence Mann. 

 Funeral services are Tuesday, 9th of July, 2019, at 2 PM at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville, Virginia.  There will be a reception at the church immediately following the service.


 In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trinity Presbyterian Church. 


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