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April 27, 1922March 17, 2013
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Gwendolyn Boyett Button

April 27, 1922 – March 17, 2013

Gwendolyn Boyett Button, 90, of Sarasota, FL, passed away peacefully at her home and is now with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Visitation will be held from 5:00pm to 7:30pm on Fri., Mar. 22, 2013 at Palms-Robarts Funeral Home, 170 Honore Ave, Sarasota, FL. Services will be held at 11:30am on Sat., at Sarasota First Baptist Church Chapel, 1661 Main St, Sarasota, FL. Burial will follow at Palmetto Cemetery at 900 14th Ave W, Palmetto, FL.

Gwen is survived by her beloved son, Jack V. Button (Jackie) of Sarasota; sisters Aileen Maugans of St Pete, FL and Cora Evans of Winter Park, FL; 3 grandchildren which she played a big part in raising: Crystal, Jessica and Jonathan Williams of Sarasota from her predeceased daughter, Genevieve “Genny” Mynatt; and several nieces and nephews.

Gwen was born in Terra Ceia, FL on Tampa Bay. She grew up on a farm and graduated from Palmetto High School in Palmetto, FL in 1940. She then earned a 4-year B.S. degree in Home Economics at the Florida State College for Women (now Florida State University) in Tallahassee in 1944. She was very involved in activities at the Baptist Student Union (B.S.U.) house there on campus. After graduation, she taught Home Economics in 1945 at Frostproof High School in Frostproof, FL to earn money to attend graduate school. She then attended the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Women’s Mission Union (W.M.U.) Training School (the Carver School of Missions) in Louisville, KY working on her Masters degree in Religious Education. She did her intern work at the First Baptist Church in Cookeville, TN in 1949 as a student worker for college students and served as Educational Director and Church Secretary; then worked at the First Baptist Church in Columbus, MS in 1950-51 as the B.S.U. Secretary for Baptist students attending the Mississippi State College for Women in order to complete her Masters degree in Louisville. Gwen returned to the Sarasota-Palmetto area in 1952 and worked at the First Baptist Church in Sarasota as the Educational Secretary. She married Jack J. Button in 1954 and was married for 29 years. When the First Baptist Church decided to start a new mission in south Sarasota, she was the staff member chosen to organize the Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and Junior Choir among other things, so she was a founding member of the Southside Baptist Church which her family attended for many years. She has been very involved in church work and activities her entire life and raised her family in a wonderful Christian home filled with love. Her family was very important to her. She was a very loving wife, mother, grandmother, and homemaker. She was a wonderful cook and enjoyed making things like homemade jams and relishes. One of her most enjoyable things to do was go on family camping trips, especially to the Smokey Mountains in NC.

Her life’s journey included teaching sewing classes at the Sarasota Vocational School, learning sign language to talk to the deaf, serving as a counselor at a Billy Graham Crusade, and learning the art of quilting. Gwen relied on the Lord for whatever obstacles she faced and greatly believed in the power of prayer and she supported missionaries and their work. She will be remembered for her steadfast faith, love, kindness, generosity and ever-glowing smile. Two of her greatest assets were love and patience. She always paid attention to details. At family gatherings, on camping trips, at meetings or at any other activities she would always take care of the detailed things that needed to be done. She will be missed tremendously by her family, friends, loved ones and all those whose lives she touched along her life’s way.

You may contact her son Jack at 941-724-4260 for more information. Condolences may be offered at



  • Visitation Friday, March 22, 2013
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, March 23, 2013


  • Interment

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Deborah Iversen

April 28, 2013

Jack, I was sorry to hear about your Mom's passing. I took Home Economics from your Mom at Cardinal Mooney High School in 1973. I really enjoyed my class with her. I actually went on to study Business Management and eventually have my own business, a Quilt Store in Venice, FL for 29 years now. So the sewing skills that I learned from your Mom have served me well. I also remember the Baked Alaska that we made under her guidance. I would see you Mom occasionally at the Friendship Knot Quilters'Guild meetings in Sarasota. My own Mother passed away almost 3 years ago and I miss her too. Memories are something to cherish. I has glad that your Mom was a teacher in my life.

March 23, 2013

I think there is one big WUM meeting in heaven, with Gwen, Pat, and Louise. I learned a lot under your mom and the others. Loved going to Lake Yale with them. She was a wonderful teacher.
Our prayers are with you,
Marsha (Rodgers) Sicks

March 22, 2013


Christine Gruters

March 22, 2013

Jack, my deepest sympathies to you and the family. She was a wonderful person, glad I knew her, she always shared her faith, and lived it daily. She's dancing on the streets of gold now, happy and whole...blessing to you!

March 22, 2013

my grandmother was truly the best she was more than words could ever explain! I was so beyond bless to be raised by such a amazing women. It will not be the same without her, I will love her and will miss her until I die.

Marilyn Annan

March 21, 2013

Our hearts and prayers are with you. We are so grateful for a lifetime of special memories of a truly wonderful Aunt. While everyone will miss her being here with us, I know there is rejoicing and celebrating in heaven!
Marilyn Boyett Annan

Debby Maugans

March 21, 2013

WE are all thinking of you and keeping you in our prayers.


June 1940