Lily Butler

Lily Jacqueline Butler

Friday, October 22nd, 1999 - Saturday, January 11th, 2020
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Salem, Va.

It is with great sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of our beloved daughter, Lily Jacqueline Butler.

At the young age of 20 years, Lily’s accomplishments were many and her future was bright. Her love for music and singing was evident in her life as it seemed to consume her every thought. She fell in love with music as a member in the Salem High School Choir and eventually extended her talent to serve in higher places. She was a member of the Roanoke Choral Society, and her love for God allowed her to share her talent in the choir at First United Methodist Church in Salem. She was delighted to also assist in the Roanoke Symphony Choir. As a current student at Virginia Western Community College, Lily was aspiring to become a choral director to help other young people find the same love for music she had at such a young age. She was certainly a talented and bright young lady, and while singing was certainly her passion, she also possessed numerous other talents that you may or may not have known about her.

To best describe her, Lily was a young woman with an old soul. She learned the art of sewing, knitting, and embroidery, talents that seem to be lost these days. She also enjoyed bead work, painting, and was an avid reader, especially enjoying the classics. When she found time, which seemed to be hard to achieve due to her busy schedule, Lily enjoyed long walks and climbing trees as it would help clear her mind.

While the pain is surreal and we wish it was only a bad dream, we know she is safe and that we will one day see her again.

Lily was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, William Powers and Dorothy Theriault Butler; cousin, Rebecca Lynn Butler; and her uncle, Joseph Emery Butler.

Family remaining to cherish her memory includes her loving parents, Michael “Mike” Butler and Deborah “Debbie” Butler of Salem; brothers, Colin Butler of Columbus, Ohio, Thomas Butler, and Steven Butler, both of Salem; and a host of friends of all generations.

A celebration of Lily’s life will be conducted on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Salem with Rev. Alan Combs officiating. The church choir will perform in her memory. The family will receive friends from 12 noon until time of service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Lily’s honor to Salem High School; c/o The Choral Dept., 400 Spartan Drive, Salem, Va. 24153.

Expressions of sympathy may be expressed by visiting
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, January 25th, 2020 | 12:00pm - 2:00pm
    Saturday, January 25th, 2020 12:00pm - 2:00pm
    First United Methodist Church
    125 West Main Street
    Salem, Virginia 24153
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  • Service

    Saturday, January 25th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Saturday, January 25th, 2020 2:00pm
    First United Methodist Church
    125 West Main Street
    Salem, Virginia 24153
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. Alan Combs


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Private Condolence

Beth Vanderpool

Posted at 04:47pm
Dear Butler Family,
My heart aches for you all and the loss of your Lily. May you all find comfort in each other and the precious memories you have.

Carrie Hayner

Posted at 08:18pm
Dear Mike, Debbie, Colin, Thomas and Steven, We are heartbroken for you. We can't believe that darling little girl next door has gone to Heaven so soon...too soon. Reading about her life we were blessed to hear a bit of what she had blossomed into after moving from California. We will see you on Saturday. Love, Ron & Carrie

Carol Martin

Posted at 09:50am
Dear Debbie, Mike and family,
No words can express the sorrow I feel for you, please know you are all in my prayers. I know our Lord meet your beautiful Lily and she also was greeted by her great grandparents and so many more Angels.
I love you all so much, Aunt Carol

Scott Lopez

Posted at 04:18pm
Michael, I am saddened by your loss and I cant imagine the pain you and your family must be going through at this time. But, if you need anything you have my number, don't hesitate to call me. Praying for your family. -Scott Lopez

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