Ann Chapman Buttler McCarthy Born January 2, 1932, said farewell to this life on September 27, 2012. Ann was a creator, and thus left behind the immeasurable gift of her beautiful works of art, which took many forms in music, paint, and sculpture. Ann traveled west from her hometown of Dixon, Illinois to attend the University of Colorado (CU) in Boulder. While at CU, Ann studied art and joined Kappa Kappa Gamma. She spent one semester in Hawaii studying volcanology. It was in Boulder during her college years that she met her first husband, Allan Buttler. Ann and Allan raised a family in Boulder and spent many happy times at their cabin in the mountain community of Big Elk Meadows. As her mother had before her, Ann for years opened her home in Boulder and shared her love of music by dedicating herself to teaching young people to play the piano. Ann and her second husband, Richard McCarthy, built their log home in the mountains west of Denver, Colorado. Career responsibilities later took them to California where she loved the walks and sunsets on the beach. Ann continued to explore her creative side, which eventually led her to her true home in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Ann spent many happy years in Santa Fe, working as a legal assistant while developing her artistic talents in painting and in sculpting. Ann always remained very fit, playing tennis nearly every day at the Sangre de Cristo Racquet Club. She was a docent at the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture and this was only one of the many ways in which she engaged in the full richness of the culture of New Mexico and Santa Fe that she loved so much. Ann is survived by her daughter Lynn Lawton and son-in-law Steve of Newberg, Oregon; grandson Jeremy Grasser of Steamboat Springs, Colorado; son Marc Buttler and daughter-in-law Teresa (McGoldrick) of Mt. Airy, Maryland; and grandchildren Peter and Carmen Buttler who are attending college at the Rochester Institute of Technology and the University of Denver, respectively. After spending her final days in Oregon, Ann will now return to rest in Santa Fe where a private family gathering will share memories of a much beloved mother, grandmother, artist, pianist, and friend who will be greatly missed. Those wishing to commemorate Ann's life with a charitable gift are asked to consider supporting the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (http://www.alzfdn.org).
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Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Oct. 14, 2012