In lieu of flowers, the family kindly asks that you consider a donation in Barbara's name to the Alzheimer's Association by visiting, www.alz.org

Barbara Thurman Butler

March 14, 1944May 6, 2019

Barbara Ann Thurman Butler, age 75, of Marietta, GA passed away Monday, May 6, 2019 from cancer during an ongoing struggle with dementia. A memorial service will be held at 12:00 o’clock p.m. on Wednesday, May 15 at H.M. Patterson & Son Canton Hill Chapel. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 11 to 12 o’clock. Barbara was born in Owensboro, KY, the daughter of an electrician and an antiques dealer. After graduating from Western Kentucky University as part of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority, she moved to Georgia and worked as an art teacher in the Atlanta Public School System for ten years. During that time, she met her husband of 44 years, L.D. Butler, who she dedicated the last decade of her life caring for throughout his own struggle with Alzheimer’s. A prolific quilter and textile artist, Barbara was a longstanding member of the East Cobb Quilters’ Guild and regularly exhibited her prizewinning, hand-quilted work in shows, contests, and publications nationwide. Major honors included representing the state of Georgia in the 1986 Statue of Liberty Centennial contest and the Georgia Quilt Project supporting the 1996 Olympic Games. Throughout it all, Barbara embodied an indomitable goodwill for friends and strangers, a love for art, literature, and family, and a worldview of equality, hope, and compassion. Her philosophy was that though others might forget the things you say or do, they will never forget the way you made them feel. Ms. Butler is survived by a son, Blake Butler, and his wife, Molly Brodak; a daughter, Morgan Kendall, and her husband, Justin; a grandson, Lucien Kendall; a sister, Saundra Webb; brothers, Dennis Thurman and Rick Thurman; many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 8180 Greensboro Drive, Suite 400, McLean VA 22102 (http://www.alz.org/).


  • Memorial Service Wednesday, May 15, 2019


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Gary Newcom

May 13, 2019

I have been away from our Owensboro family almost as long as Barbara. Even though she was an older cousin, I would fondly remember her return visits with L.D. and the great visits and poker games with my parents. Rest In Peace and may eternal peace be bestowed on your soul.

Jim Butler

May 10, 2019

So many fond memories of one of my favorite aunts. When she & L.D. married I knew he'd hit the lottery in the wife dept. Beautiful & sweet as could be! Earliest memories include her driving an incredible convertible Jaguar to her art teaching job at North Springs HS. All of my East Cobb, Wheeler & Beverly Hills classmates knew exactly who her and L.D. were & where they lived. They had the coolest house & pool! They were kind enough to allow me to park in their driveway to avoid paying to park at the school during my Wheeler days. My friends we envious! And who can ever forget the incredible Father's Day gatherings at L.D. & Barbara's? It was like a family reunion with all the delicious food & fellowship. So many wonderful memories! My condolences to Blake & Morgan and their families during this difficult time. Love you guys & we're here for you...