Mary D. Butcher, 94 and lifelong resident of Sugar Creek Township in Clinton County, went to be with the Lord on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 15, 2018. She passed away, surrounded by her loving family, at Wellbrooke of Westfield where she had been spending the summer. 

Born May 22, 1924 near Pickard, she was the daughter of the late George V. and LaVonne (Foulke) Ploughe.

She started her early school days attending Sugar Creek School, however, while she was temporarily residing with her grandparents on the Foulke side, she completed school at Sheridan with the Class of 1942. After graduation, she would continue forward with her education at Indiana Business College in Indianapolis. Upon completion of her college years, she returned to Sugar Creek Township to begin what would become her life’s journey.

On May 22, 1942 she married the love of her life, Oscar Morris Butcher. They spent nearly 70 years side by side creating a wonderful legacy of family and farming. Mr. Butcher passed away on Nov. 10, 2012/

Mrs. Butcher began farming with her parents, however, World War II was still a couple of years from being over, and it was during those years that she started driving a school bus route as well. After the war, she got back into farming with her husband. They would continue to do so for nearly 70 years. With an amazing work ethic, Mrs. Butcher ran the farm like only she could. She operated their dairy, raised the garden, as well as the chickens, and most importantly, managed the checkbook.  She had a passion for farming but also considered herself a naturalist, having a deep love of both the outdoors and animals. Although she briefly worked for The Farmers Bank in Kirklin, her heart and soul were always on the farm.

Mrs. Butcher was also an avid reader and a foodie. She collected cookbooks, mostly to find new and interesting recipes that she could share with her family and friends at church. From those cookbooks, and possibly from her secret recipe card box, came many, many, many signature dishes that will be truly missed. There was one other activity that she loved, and that was going to garage sales while wintering in Florida. Somehow all of her “treasures” always found their way back home to Indiana, leading everyone to wonder how come twice as much stuff always came back than ever went down there in the first place.

Her memberships include Hills Baptist Church, where she was active in the Women’s Circle. She was also a member of the Kirklin Order of Eastern Star, the Sugar Creek Home Ec Club, and the Johnson Township / Sugar Creek farm wives’ Bridge Club.

Survivors include her two sons, Morris G. (Betty) Butcher and Mark A. (Sherie) Butcher, both of rural Kirklin; her daughter, Glenda J. (Garry) Frey of rural Frankfort; six grandchildren, Brian Butcher, Brent (Linda) Butcher, Stacey (Matt) Viars, Heather (Kent) Waddelow, Laura (Mark) Greathouse and Libby Frey (Scott Satterthwaite); 10 great-grandchildren, Aubrey Waddelow and Evan Waddelow, Adison Viars, Carly Viars, Jocelyn Viars, Mariana Greathouse, Liliana Greathouse, Oscar Satterthwaite, Gavaghan Satterthwaite and Samuel Butcher; her sister, Patty Barnett of Frankfort; and her four-legged BFF, Roxy.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother-in-law, Richard Barnett.

Services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018 at Kercheval Funeral Home, 306 E. 10th St. in Sheridan. Burial will follow at Green Lawn Cemetery in Frankfort. Pastor Charles Cole will be officiating. Family and friends may pay their respects from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be presented to Hills Baptist Church.