A native of Raleigh, N.C., she was born March 27, 1930, to Harvey Clinton Maness and Marriott Davis Maness. She was a descendant of Maj. Lewis Burwell, Gov. Alexander Spotswood, Col. William Dandridge, John Blair and other notable Virginians.
Elizabeth (known as Betty Ward when growing up) graduated from Broughton High School in 1948 and studied piano at Peace College. She married Kenneth Raybon Butler of Lumberton, N.C. in 1949, and moved to Charlotte in 1955. Vivacious and fun-loving, Elizabeth ran a large household while pursuing her love of music, art, and interior design. She sang in the Charlotte Oratorio, and devoted considerable energy to decorating a large antebellum farmhouse near Charlotte that the family moved to in 1963. She was a member of Holy Comforter Episcopal Church and later, St. Mark's Episcopal in Long Creek, N.C.
After Elizabeth's marriage ended in divorce in 1968, she eventually settled in Norfolk, where she devoted many years to creating oil paintings that reflected her love of all things nautical and horticultural. She enjoyed the Chrysler Museum, Virginia Opera, Naro Cinema, and was an aficionado of all types of jazz. She was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany in Norfolk.
Elizabeth is survived by five children: Kenneth Raybon Butler, Jr. of Blackstone, Va.; Harvey Reynolds Butler of New York, N.Y.; Elizabeth Butler Schoenborn of Scottsville, Va.; Bryan Franklin Butler of Virginia Beach, Va.; and Stuart Davis Butler of Anderson, S.C. She is also survived by her sister, Sarah Maness Kennedy of Newport News, Va.; her brother, Edward Reynolds Maness of Flower Mound, Texas; four grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at the Church of the Epiphany in Norfolk later this year. Memorial donations may be sent to the Church of the Epiphany.