BUTTERY PAULINE ADELAIDE (Burgess) BUTTERY (Age 92) Of Overland Park, Kansas, formerly of Alexandria, Virginia, passed away Thursday, January 24, 2013. No services are planned. Interment is planned at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, at a later date. Pauline was born to Samuel and Willa May (Long) Burgess on November 3, 1920 in Telluride, Colorado. In 1923 the family moved to Los Angeles, California where Pauline grew up. After graduating from high school she attended Fresno State College and the University of California - Los Angeles. She worked for Douglas Aircraft Company in Santa Monica, California, where she met her future husband. In 1943 she entered the United States Marine Corps, qualified in control tower operation and served as a control tower operator at various bases in the United States and Hawaii, before being honorably discharged in 1946 holding the rank of Sergeant. In 1946 she married Thomas William Buttery in West Los Angeles, California, and the two moved to St. Paul, Minnesota, where they both earned bachelor degrees from the University of Minnesota. They raised two daughters while Thomas served in the United States Air Force at various bases in the United States and Japan. His assignments led to their settling in Alexandria, Virginia in 1959, where they lived until moving to Kansas in 2007. Survivors include her daughter, Janet L. Buttery of Mission, Kansas; her brother, John Burgess of Aiea, Hawaii; her sister, Kay (Burgess) Davis of Sun Lakes, Arizona; and a number of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas, her daughter, Linda S. Buttery, her brothers, Jean "Bud" Burgess and Charles Burgess, her sisters, Lillian (Burgess) Rhew and Harriet (Burgess) Nehring. Memorial contributions may be made to Kansas Advocates for Better Care, an organization co-founded by her sister Harriet Nehring, at 913 Tennessee, Suite 2, Lawrence, KS 66044 (www.kabc.org), or Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care, 10100 W. 87th St., Suite 100, Overland Park, KS 66212 (kchospice.org). Arrangements: Cremation Society of Kansas & Missouri, (913) 383-9888. Arrangements: Cremation Society of Kansas & Missouri, (913) 383-9888.
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Published in The Washington Post on Mar. 24, 2013