Marilyn Butcher

August 8, 1943 - October 8, 2017
Vicksburg, MI



Thursday, October 12, 2017
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM EDT
Fulton Christian Church
14108 East W Ave
Fulton, MI 49052


Thursday, October 12, 2017
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM EDT
Fulton Christian Church
14108 East W Ave
Fulton, MI 49052


At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.

Vicksburg High School Band Boosters


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Heirloom Rose
407 S. Grand St.
Schoolcraft, MI 49087
(269) 679-3010
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Polderman's Florist & Garden Center
8710 Portage Road
Portage, MI 49002
(269) 327-3656
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Life Story / Obituary


Throughout her rich and rewarding journey, Marilyn Butcher lived a life of purpose while holding her loved ones near. She was a lifelong member of the community she loved, and with her warm and gracious personality she was known by many throughout her area. Marilyn was a devoted wife and mother, but she just might have argued that becoming a grandmother and great-grandmother was her richest reward. Life will never be the same without her here, but she leaves behind a timeless legacy that her loved ones will proudly carry on in her footsteps.

During the first half of the 1940s, the eyes of our nation were focused overseas as countless young servicemen and women were called to serve in WWII. Those who remained stateside became familiar with rationing on common goods like coffee, sugar, rubber, and copper. It was amidst this eventful time that Stewart and Maxine Snyder were eagerly awaiting the birth of their new baby as the heat of the summer held the town of Vicksburg, Michigan, firmly in its grip in August of 1943. Their wait was over on August 8th when the baby girl they named Marilyn drew her first breath. The only child in her family, she was a typical young girl of her generation. To support their family, Marilyn’s father worked at the Vicksburg paper mill while her mother was a cook for Vicksburg schools. She once took a knitting class with her mother, and she was a student at local schools in Vicksburg. Marilyn went on to graduate from VHS in 1961.

New and exciting changes were in store for Marilyn when she met the man who would forever hold the key to her heart. His name was Roger Butcher, and they met while out at a night club one evening in July of 1969. Roger had asked a young girl to dance, and she turned him down. He then asked her friend to dance instead, which she agreed to. When their dance ended he asked if he could see her again, and she said yes, not ever thinking she would hear from him again. She proved to be wrong, and this was the beginning of the love story between Marilyn and Roger that would span more than 47 years. With a desire to establish a life together, the sweethearts were married on April 4, 1970. To their marriage Roger brought his son, Dale, and together Marilyn and Roger added their second son Dan. During their early years of marriage, she took care of the cooking. Over time, the cooking duties were primarily handled by Roger. Later in life, Marilyn was filled with unspeakable joy when her family tree blossomed to include four grandchildren: Natasha, Brittany, Noah, and Sarah, and more recently her great-grandson, Kole.

As her family and friends can attest, Marilyn was a woman of many interests and one to keep busy. She was an avid reader who liked a good mystery. Marilyn also read the Bible from cover to cover on two separate occasions. She was a talented writer as well as she once wrote an essay on the Village of Vicksburg that is still in the Vicksburg Library to this day. Marilyn could play the piano and was in the choir at Lakeland Reformed for a time. When listening to music, she enjoyed hymns and classical music. Together Marilyn and Roger enjoyed going up North, especially around the Traverse City area. They also liked going to Yogi’s and other local restaurants. Over the years Marilyn collected both books and plates.

Friendly, social, and kindhearted, Marilyn Butcher was a blessing in the lives of everyone she met. She could be a bit strong willed at times, but it was only when it was concerning matters that she was passionate about. Marilyn was deeply devoted to her family, and her love for them was easy to see. Deeply cherished, she will be forever missed.

Marilyn Butcher of Vicksburg passed away on Sunday, October 8, 2017 at the age of 74. Marilyn’s family includes her husband, Roger; two sons: Dale (Brenda) Butcher, of Vicksburg; Dan (Christine) Butcher, of Vicksburg; four grandchildren: Natasha, Brittany, Noah and Sarah; one great grandson, Kole. Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents: Stewart and Maxine Snyder. Visitation will be at 10am at the Fulton Christian Church, 14108 East W Ave, Fulton, MI. The memorial service will be at 11am. Burial of her ashes will be held at a later time at North Fulton Cemetery. Please visit Marilyn’s webpage at www.lifestorynet.com where you can sign the guestbook and leave a memory. Those who wish may make contributions to the Vicksburg High School Band Boosters.