Kelly Sarah Butler

June 23, 1962May 5, 2013

Kelly Sarah (Waalkes) Butler, 50, of Fredericksburg died Sunday, May 5, 2013 at her residence.

Kelly was born in Rockville, Maryland on June 23, 1962 to T. Phillip and Frances (Brewster) Waalkes. Kelly graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Art Education.

She was formerly an art teacher at the Highland School in Warrenton, Virginia. She was actively involved in the local Fredericksburg art community and was a member of Art First. She was a devoted wife and mother. She lived her life to the fullest and loved to laugh. Her favorite quote was “a little song, a little dance, a little seltzer down my pants” by Chuckles the Clown.

In addition to her parents, Kelly is preceded in death by her husband, James A. Butler.

She is survived by two sons, Allen and Brewster Butler; as well as four brothers, Richard, Michael, Steven and Robert Waalkes; and a sister, Nancy Waalkes.

A celebration of her life will be held at 4:00 pm on Saturday, May 11 at Mullins & Thompson Funeral Service, Fredericksburg Chapel 1621 Jefferson Davis Hwy.

The family wishes in lieu of flowers, contributions to be made to “Trustee of the Kelly S. Butler Trust UAD 2/13/12” for the benefit of her son’s educational fund. Donations can be mailed to: PBMares Wealth Management, 725 Jackson Street, Suite 210, Fredericksburg, VA 22401.


  • Celebration of Life Saturday, May 11, 2013

Kelly Sarah Butler

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May 22, 2013

Kelly and I first met at the University of Maryland. She took me on my first ski trip. Then we ran into each other again when she student taught at my school. Finally, we joined the same playgroup with our boys in Frederick. I will always cherish the great times we had. Rest in peace, my friend. Love, Katherine Rockett Edwards

Michele Will

May 20, 2013

Every time I saw Kelly she made me laugh. She truly was an amazing person. She will be greatly missed.

Susan Smith

May 11, 2013

We will miss your beautiful smile but you will always be in our hearts.

Kristi Zerull

May 10, 2013

Kelly always put a smile on the faces of people around her. We shall never forget her and her "tell-it-like-it-is" mentality. We love you!

Jennifer "JT" ThompSon

May 10, 2013

God's speed and fly with the angels.

Anita Doherty

May 9, 2013

I always looked forward to our get togethers - whenever Kelly was there, the mood would be upbeat. Always fun, always good for a laugh and a great time.

We will miss you.

....a little song, a little dance, a little seltzer in your pants...

judith oliver

May 8, 2013

whenever i saw kelly she always had something nice to say to everyone. she will be missed

Jana Ralston

May 8, 2013

It was an honor knowing Kelly. I loved her upbeat personality and straight forwardness. She will always be an inspiration to me.

Lori Butler-Denman

May 7, 2013

In life we loved you dearly, in death we do the same. Kelly Butler, amazing in her love and strength and compassion. I have never known anyone like her and never will. She was unique and I feel blessed for having known her.