Roberta ButlerEastern StarBUTLER, Mrs. Roberta (nee Poole), formerly of R.R.#1, St. Thomas, and Metcalfe Gardens, St. Thomas, passed away peacefully at LHSC, Victoria Hospital, London on Wednesday, February 5, 2014, in her 99th year.  Beloved wife of the late Kenneth J. Butler (1996).  Dearly loved mother of Richard Butler (late Jacquie) of North Vancouver, BC, Robert Butler (late Teresa) of Ayton, Sally McNeely (Rod) of Mississauga, Charles Butler of Toronto, and Jeanette Walker (Mike) of London.  Also surviving are 9 grandchildren, many great grandchildren, as well as several nieces and nephews.  A sister, Marian Henry and a brother, Nelson Poole predeceased her.  Born in Toledo, Ohio, April 22, 1915, Roberta was the daughter of the late Robert and Sarah “Sadie” (nee Davis) Poole.  She came to R.R.#1, St. Thomas following her marriage in 1940.  Roberta was a member of First United Church, St. Thomas, where she was a member of the U.C.W.  She was a Past Matron of Golden Acres Chapter #305, O.E.S., Shedden, a Past President of the Middlemarch Women’s Institute, and a former member of the Elgin Manor Auxiliary.  In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place, and private interment will be made in the St. Thomas Cemetery, West Ave.  A Celebration of Life Service will be held at the Southwold Keystone Complex, 35921 Talbot Line, Shedden on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 2:00 p.m., with a reception to follow.  If so desired, memorial donations to the charity of one’s choice will be gratefully acknowledged.  Arrangements entrusted to the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160).

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