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BUTLER, Georgiana Mary
1928 - 2015
Georgiana Mary Butler (née North) died while swimming at her favourite lake, an activity she loved. At 87, she was still living life to its fullest. The daughter of Muriel North and the Honourable John North, she grew up with her mother in Norfolk, England. Like her mother she loved the Norfolk coast, particularly the marshes, and in recent years divided her time between Cley next the Sea and Ottawa. Her daughter Clare lives in Cley and as recently as this June, they spent time together birding, walking the dogs and gardening. As a young woman, she moved to London where she met her future husband, Esmond Unwin Butler. Shortly after marrying, they moved to Ottawa where Esmond took up his position as Secretary to five consecutive Governors General starting with General Vanier. At Rideau Hall, Georgiana served as Lady-in-Waiting, a role she filled with competence and dedication. In 1986, Esmond became Ambassador to Morocco, a country Georgiana loved exploring and learning about. Shortly after they returned to Ottawa to retire, Esmond died, ending a full career dedicated to his country. Mum/Ayat/ Gee/Mrs. Butler was loved and respected. She was a great personality and could be refreshingly forthright. Her passions were many: birding, gardening, cooking, entertaining, embroidery, mushrooming, x-country skiing, swimming and ping pong. She had a true and innate enthusiasm for people and life. Georgiana is survived by her brother, Sir Jonathan North and sister Dr. Serena Colchester; son Mark (Gretchen) and daughter Clare; and grandchildren Abush Dapore Mills and seven month old Lucy Georgiana Catherine. Pictures of her children and grandchildren were everywhere in her home. There will be a Funeral Service for Georgiana at St. Bartholomew's Anglican Church on Saturday, August 29, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. followed by a reception at her house. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Ecology Action Centre or the environmental charity of your choice would be appreciated.

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Published in Ottawa Citizen on Aug. 26, 2015.
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September 9, 2015
I was saddened to hear the news, I will miss you. I never did manage to get your Christmas baked bean recipe, of course would not volunteer it. I tried to make from memory, failed miserably. You were a remarkable woman and you raised some remarkable kids.
Palmer Wright
August 27, 2015
Mrs. Butler had a positive effect at a couple of memorable points in my life, and I am grateful to have known her. My condolences.
Chris Boys
August 27, 2015
My condolences to the family during this difficult time. She truly was a woman of chivalric noblesse! May she rest in peace.
Rev. G. Hamilton-Roberts
August 26, 2015
My condolences to Georgiana's family at this difficult time. A true lady of taste and discernment in antiques, and will be missed by many.
Collin O'Leary
August 26, 2015
Goodbye Ms Butler, I will miss you a lot.
You contributed to my evolution as a human being on this earth. I really think your free spirit mentality and joie de vivre influenced a lot of people on your path. Thank you for sharing a bit of that with me and have a good afterlife. Cheers !
Pierre Fortier
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