Margaret Janet “Bonnie” Butler


Margaret Janet “Bonnie” Butler passed away peacefully on October 24, 2023, her 94th birthday.

Bonnie was born on October 24, 1929, in Montreal, Quebec.  The daughter of Scottish immigrants, her parents gave her the nickname Bonnie, the Scottish word meaning beautiful, cheerful, and good.  A nickname she lived up to her entire life.

At age 9 Bonnie and her parents moved via railroad from Montreal to North Vancouver British Columbia.  Bonnie attended North Van Senior High School, was a member of the Cheer Squad, and was named Lead Cheerleader her Senior year.  After graduation, she became a Switchboard Operator for BC Tel in North Vancouver.

Bonnie was wed on June 20th, 1952 to Charles “Chuck” Butler, whom she had known at North Van High, following his return to Canada after serving in the US Army in Korea.   Bonnie and Chuck relocated to Seattle following their Marriage where Chuck studied Engineering at the University of Washington on the GI Bill, while Bonnie held a clerical position at the Sunny Jim offices in what would later become the Rainer Brewery building.

In later years Bonnie would become a receptionist for Dr. Wayne Ono, DDS in Redmond, WA and for many years at Swanson Dental in Bellevue.

Bonnie and Chuck relocated to Pompton Plains New Jersey in 1962, returning to Bellevue, Washington in 1969 where they raised their three sons.  In 1985, following their youngest son’s graduation from college, Bonnie and Chuck moved to Hong Kong where they resided for three years before the sudden passing of Chuck.

A widow at 57 years old, Bonnie returned to Bellevue and led an active, involved life carried by her faith, strength, and enduring optimism for her remaining 37 years.

Bonnie led a life of family, work, caring, and service including volunteering at the local hospital to do Patterning for young children with muscular limitations.  When her children were younger, Bonnie was their Cub Scout Den Mother and continued involvement with them through Boy Scouts and Explorer Scouts and was actively involved in their multiple sporting activities while also being a member of a Sweet Adelines women’s Barbershop chorus.

Bonnie had a deep and strong religious faith.  She was an active member of Bellevue Presbyterian Church, serving there as a Deacon for many years.  Bonnie’s most enduring legacy is the life she lived in her faith.  She demonstrated the Christian principles of life every day of her life and was an inspiration to all who knew her.

Bonnie is survived by her three sons, Ted Butler of Mercer Island, Clark (Mary) Butler of Sammamish, Brian Butler of Chelan; seven Grandchildren: Charlie Butler of Mercer Island, Woody Butler of Newport Beach, California, Brad Butler of Bozeman, Montana, Cameron Butler of Summerlin, Nevada, Bonnie (David) DeCastro of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Brigitte Butler of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Tucker Butler of Redmond; and 4 Great Grandchildren: Brooke, Olivia, Henry and Daphne DeCastro of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

A memorial service will be help on December 2, at 1:00pm at the Emerald Heights Retirement Community, 10901 176th Circle NE, Redmond, WA 98052.

Due to very limited parking please park at Redmond High School, 17272 N.E. 104th ST., Redmond, WA 98052.  Please look for the Emerald Heights sign board when parking, an Emerald Heights Shuttle will provide transportation to and from the Service.

5 Responses to “Margaret Janet “Bonnie” Butler”

  • Gina your childhood friend and neighbor says:

    Dear Butler boys hard to believe that about 3 days ago Valaree and I were speaking about your mother and wondering how she was doing. Of my Mom and Dads generation and friends she was the last one. Dying on the day you’re born is pretty amazing. We loved your mother and have such fond memories

  • Valaree Cox says:

    Dearest Butler boys and your families, I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. She was an important part of our childhood and I will always remember her and her beautiful spirit. I loved to hear her laugh when she and my mother were talking, would have loved to be a fly on the wall.
    Wishing you all the very best.

  • Joan Lesman says:

    “Bonna” was an exceptional woman. She had a special way of making people feel loved and important. I’ll remember her friendship with my mom, Ingrid, as well as her wonderful sense of humor and fun. She loved her sons and grandchildren and was a wonderful role model.

  • Nancy & Jim Ellis says:

    We are forever grateful for the opportunity to have met “Bonna”. She was a very special lady who was treasured by her family and all who met her. To the extended Butler family, we hope you find peace and comfort in the coming days and weeks knowing how much “Bonna” was loved and appreciated for her kindness and gentle soul.

    With Much Love from The Ellis Family

  • Linda Wood says:

    Dear Butler family
    Just found out that dearest Bonnie went to be with her Lord a few months ago.
    Bonnie was the sweetest lady. We met in Hong Kong. She held a very special place in the hearts of my two daughters and mine. We have many fond memories with her.
    Thinking of you all with caring thoughts, hoping you find comfort in your memories and praying for peace through this period of sadness.
    Remember that special people in our lives are never really gone as they have a cherished place in our hearts.
    Linda and Gary Wood, Brenda and Julie and families

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