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Margaret M. (Gallaher) Butts


1922 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Margaret M. (Gallaher) Butts Obituary
Margaret M. Gallaher Butts (August 27, 1922 - January 30, 2017) was born in Knox County, Tennessee. She grew up in Hardin Valley and attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. As a young woman, she earned a pilot's license and flew in some of the early Women's Powder Puff Air Races. She was also an officer in the Knoxville Pilot's Breakfast Club. She learned the art of hand-engraving and for many years did artistic work for various jewelers. Margaret and her family moved to Inverness, Florida in 1960. They lived in a historic Queen Anne on Main Street that was her dream house. She did the bookkeeping for her husband's business until she retired. Margaret always loved church music and was a faithful weekly participant in her choir. After retirement, she volunteered for nearly twelve years as a docent at the Old Courthouse Museum. Margaret was a long-time member of First Presbyterian Church of Inverness. She blessed many people over the years with her fabulous cooking, especially making cream pies and German chocolate cakes for family, homebound neighbors and church dinners.
She was preceded in death by her parents Macy Mack and Betsy (Driscoll) Gallaher, her brother Jack D. Gallaher, her husband C. Edward Butts and her grandson Alexander Butts. She is survived by her son Michael Butts, her daughter Suzanne (Jim) Haley, her sister Sara Waller, her niece Patricia (Gary) Best, her three grandchildren Jennifer (Chris) Ragsdale, Jimmy (Betsy) Haley and Heather (Joe) Blackmon,and five great-grandchildren: Christian, Campbell and Berkeley Ragsdale, Katie and Sam Blackmon. Her life was greatly enriched by caregivers Vicki, Carolyn, Cindy and Betty - and especially by Karen Johns Edgar who became part of the family, spending a year-and-a-half giving Margaret the very best of care.
The family will greet friends during Visitation from 4:00-6:00 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 2 at Hooper Funeral Home. A celebration of Margaret's life will take place on Friday, 10:00 a.m., Feb. 3 at the First Presbyterian Church of Inverness, with a reception following. Hooper Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Published in Citrus County Chronicle on Feb. 1, 2017
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