Cynthia Elizabeth Butler

February 8, 1943April 23, 2021

MARBLEHEAD - Cynthia Elizabeth (Kimball) Butler passed away Friday, April 23rd at the age of 78. Cindy was a beloved family matriarch and leaves behind her loving husband of 59 years, Edward R. Butler, Jr.; her son Daniel Butler and his wife, Kirsten; her daughter Suzanne Li and her husband, Rich; her daughter Maria Joseph and her husband, Joey; and was predeceased by her son Edward R. Butler, III (Ted). She will also be loved, missed, and remembered by her grandchildren: Ian Butler and his wife, Leonie; Hayes Butler and his wife, Vicky; Julien Joseph, Sean Li, Lauren Li, Mitch Li, Gabbie Li, and Alex Salley; and by her great grandchildren, Lily Butler and Caleb Arsenault; as well as her sister Jenny Paul and her husband, Brian; her brother Madison Kimball and his wife, Lynda; her predeceased brother Peter and his wife, Vickie; as well as many nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind many friends—some lifelong, and some newer—who will all miss her kind heart, keen intelligence, practical wisdom, and down-to-earth humor.

Cindy was born in Lynn, MA, on February 8, 1943 and spent her early years in Swampscott, but she was a true Marbleheader for most of her life. It was in Marblehead, at age 16, where she met Edward “Buddy” Butler, a fellow ‘Header and handsome young Navy sailor. After their first date at the King’s Rook, they were inseparable, and they married in 1962. Cindy and Bud spent almost 60 wonderful years together, raising their family and facing life’s triumphs and tragedies.

A pillar of steadfast support for her family and friends, Cindy was known for creating a home that was exceptionally welcoming, fun, and inclusive. She was a powerful presence in her loved ones' lives, affording generous laughter and conversation at gatherings (not to mention her renowned twice-baked potatoes), instilling pride in her grandchildren at graduations and weddings, and uniting a family for which she would do anything.

She was a fierce and dedicated bridge player and played as often as possible for the chance to compete and socialize with friends.

In her retirement, she spent many months researching and traveling with her husband, tracking down birth, marriage, and death certificates in order to trace her lineage back to Mayflower passenger John Alden. In 2005, her meticulous efforts earned her acceptance into The General Society Of Mayflower Descendants.

There will be no services, but a memorial gathering to celebrate Cindy’s life will be held at a later date.


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Sandra Butler

May 3, 2021

What a lovely tribute to my dear “Auntie Cindy”! She was a remarkable person, and a very good friend to my mother, Susie, who also passed away a few months ago. We had had a really wonderful talk just after my mom died, and I was planning on reconnecting with Cindy to ask for her help with the guest list......
My heart goes out my uncle Buddy, to her family and friends. May she Rest In Peace.

Gregg Riskin

April 29, 2021

We are so very sorry about this most significant loss in your lives as she was such a central figure and force to so many. As we continue to age and experience the loss of our parents, aunts and uncles with whom we shared so many years, each passing can teach the next generation about the incredible role played by a larger-than-life matriach. When life's pace quickens and priorities blur, if we all could strive to bring to the fore some of her innate sense-of-purpose as the foundation of the lives of those around her, what a wonderful legacy to uphold.

Cookie Melanson

April 28, 2021

Like Mary Rice, I loved playing Words with friends with Cindy. We had at least 6 games going at once. It was a challenge to try and beat her. She was a great bridge player also, we had a competition going every time we played. Cindy will now be competing with the Angels in heaven. I am going to miss her and pray that she is now at rest. My deepest sympathies to Buddy & family.

kristina (mundo) Glasier

April 28, 2021

Dear Bud, Suzanne, Danny, and Maria,

I have so many fond memories of time spent at your home on Peach Highlands with Suzanne and Jen (Day). Cindy always welcomed us with her sharp sense of humor, twinkle in her eye, and her kindness. In later years I had the pleasure of visiting she and Bud at their new home as Suzanne was preparing to marry Rich. More recently when Paul and I would run into Bud and Cindy in their booth at Bertinis it always brought a shared laugh and a smile to our hearts. May you and your families find peace and comfort during this difficult time by knowing how special she was and how many loved her. Fondly, Kristina and Paul Glasier

Mary Rice

April 28, 2021

I met Cindy through bridge. For the last few years have played Words with Friends. She most always beat me and if I were to beat her, I would celebrate!! What a fun lady with a great sense of humor. I will miss her..
Mary Rice

Judy O'Leary

April 26, 2021

Buddy, Danny, Suzanne and family, I'm
so sorry to learn of your loss. Cindy and I shared more laughs all those years ago than most people get in an entire life time. I'll always cherish those times we shared.

Jon Mucci

April 26, 2021

Dear Bud, I am so happy to have such wonderful memories of friendship with you and Cindy. All my best to you and your family.
Jon Mucci

Lee Weed

April 26, 2021

Deepest condolences to Buddy,Danny and
Suzanne and family on your loss.
Fondly, Lee Weed

Marcia Kamin

April 26, 2021

To Ed and family so sorry to hear of Cindy’s passing, your neighbor at #18 WD