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Marion I. Button

South Royalton — Marion I. Button, 95 died Monday March 31, 2014, at Gifford Medical Center in Randolph, Vt.

She was born Feb. 6, 1919, in Bethel the daughter of Arthur E and Iva L. (Russ) Wood. Marion graduated from South Royalton High School in the class 1937. She married Clarence Josiah (Joe) Button of Chelsea on July 6, 1942. They lived all their married life in South Royalton. She worked as a telephone operator and receptionist for a dentist and optometrist. Marion spent the rest of time as a homemaker .

She was a member of the United Church of South Royalton. Sister Marion I. Button joined Rising Sun Chapter, No. 12, in South Royalton on Nov. 7, 1946, and became a member of Forest-Unity Chapter, No. 82, in Sharon on Feb. 4, 2001, when those two Chapters consolidated. She served Rising Sun Chapter as Ruth, Marshal, Associate Conductress, Conductress, Associate Matron, Worthy Matron for 18 years, Secretary for 12 years and Treasurer. She served as District Deputy Grand Matron in 1956-1958 and Grand Representative of Arkansas. In 1958, she was appointed Grand Lecturer by Sister Nellie French and continued through the chairs to serve as Worthy Grand Matron, presiding over the “Star of Love” Session in 1965 with Brother George K. MacDonald as her Worthy Grand Patron. Sister Marion was appointed to the Fraternal Relations Committee of the General Grand Chapter for the 1979-1982 Triennium.

She enjoyed gardening, sewing, all of her nieces and nephews and family gatherings and particularly spending time with her grandson, David.

Survivors include her son, Bruce Button and Katherine Ash of Concord, Mass. and grandson, David Button of Boston, Mass.; a sister, Rita Turner of Bethel, Vt., nephew, Richard and his wife, “Bunny” Button of Chelsea, Vt.; several nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was predeceased by her husband, Clarence “Joe” Button and Newall A. Wood and Duane Wood, her brothers.

A memorial funeral service followed by a reception to celebrate her life will be held on Friday, April 11 at 1 p.m. at The United Church of South Royalton with Reverend Ken White presiding. Burial will be in the Branch View Cemetery in South Royalton. Memorial contributions may be made to Vermont Eastern Star Home, Inc., c/o Deborah Litchfield, P.G.M., P.O. Box 1113, West Townshend, Vt. 05359.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Boardway & Cilley Funeral Home in Chelsea, Vt. A private message of sympathy for the family can be shared at www.boardwayandcilley.com.