MOUNT VERNON — Bernice M. Butler, 97, of Mount Vernon, died at Knox Community Hospital in Mount Vernon on Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011.
She was born March 7, 1913, in Knox County, a daughter of the late Riley and Temperance (Thayer) Proper. Bernice graduated from Mount Vernon High School and the Mount Vernon Business College. She had been employed at the former Martin Memorial Hospital in Mount Vernon and retired from the CES Credit Union in Mount Vernon.
Bernice was an active member of the Howard United Methodist Church where she had served as church pianist for over 40 years. The saying at the church was “The Butler Did It.” She provided the floral decorations for services and table decorations for their dinners. For those members who were hospitalized or home bound, Bernice was always there to pick up their spirits. In almost all areas of the church’s life, Bernice was there with her extraordinary talents and abilities. Bernice was a living example of Christian service and love.
She was a member of Harrison Grange and had been a grange member for well over 50 years in the Knox County area. She was an avid gardener specializing in roses and had served as a judge at flower shows in the Knox County area. She was a former member of the Howard Garden Club. Bernice was also known for her needlepoint and cross-stitch work having earned several Best of Show awards at the Knox County Fair.
She and her husband, Arnold Butler, enjoyed their motor home and had been a member of the “Nomads” club. Bernice and Arnold spent many winters at Twelve Oaks Camp Ground in Sanford, Fla.
Bernice is survived by her son, Robert “Bob” Harrod of Mount Vernon; stepdaughters, Cathy Gallwitz of Bladensburg, Lorraine Dowwiko of Wakefield, Rhode Island, and Carol Didinger of Danville; daughter-in-law, Paulette Harrod of Mount Vernon; grandchildren, Brad (Jane) Harrod, Tim (Jen) Harrod, Bobbie (Kevin) Hughes, Kevin (Crystal) Gallwitz and Ryan (Laurie) Gallwitz, Debbie (Bill) Geiger, Nancy (Roger) Stull, Michael (Wendy) Didinger, Todd (Elaine) Didinger, Kenneth Dawson Jr., Marie (Tom) Wears, Rob (Gail) Dawson and Beth (David) Erquhart; and 28 great-grandchildren.
Besides her parents, Bernice was preceded in death by husbands, Kenneth Harrod, Eugene Dawson and Arnold Butler; her sister, Helen Vannatta; stepsons, Kenneth Dawson and George Dawson; niece, Velma Jean Hood; and son-in-law, Gary Didinger.
The family will receive friends Tuesday, Feb. 22, from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home, 201 Newark Road, Mount Vernon, and Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Howard United Methodist Church, 23212 Coshocton Road, Howard, where funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. with Pastor Tom Orr and Pastor Lee Cubie officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Howard United Methodist Church, 23212 Coshocton Road, Howard, OH 43028. Private condolences may be expressed to the family at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Bernice M. Butler.