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Lena R. Butler, 87, retired non-teaching assistant

April 17, 2018 GMT

Lena R. Butler, a retired non-teaching assistant, died on Saturday, March 31, 2018. She was 87.

She was born on Nov. 14, 1930 to the late David and Charlene Stephens in Crawfordville, Ga. She was the eldest of their four daughters and his seven children.

Butler was educated in the Philadelphia public school system and graduated from William Penn High School. She went on to work for the School District of Philadelphia as a non-teaching assistant and retired after many years of employment.

She was married to her husband of more than 66 years, Wilbert T. Butler and six children were born to their union.

She accepted Jesus Christ at an early age and as an adult became a member of the Salvation Army Roxborough Corps, where she attended church, was a member of the Women’s Home League and volunteered many years as the Sunbeam leader.

“Lena was generous with her kindness with everyone she met and is described as a calm and peaceful person,” her family said in a tribute.

Butler loved to travel to family reunions to such places as the Ozarks and cruise to the Bahamas. She loved her family very much and always shared encouragement with her children.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; siblings, Gertrude, Emmie, Gloria, Pattie and Almertus and daughter, Michele.

She is survived by: her children, Eric Butler, Janet Tyler, Ph.D, Yvonne Butler, Patricia Butler and Amelia Butler; son-in-law, Thomas Tyler Sr.; grandchildren, Ursula, Jessica, Nicole, Angela (Tommy), Thomas Jr., (Yolonda), Aaron, Teresa, Willie Jr., Timothy (Melissa), Kamille, Vanessa and Vince; great-grandchildren, John Jr., Jamir, Juron, Jayanna, Amaya, Aaron, Laura and Colin; sister, Doris Anderson; brother-in-law, the Rev. Ralph Ross and other relatives and friends.

Services were held April 13 at The Salvation Army, 6730 Ridge Ave.

Emmanuel Johnson Funeral Home handled the arrangements.