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Rosemary Ruth (Hoover) Butler

July 29, 1925 — November 28, 2021

North Manchester

Rosemary Ruth (Hoover) Butler

At the age of 96, our beloved mom, grandma, great grandma, and dear friend of anyone who was fortunate enough to have made her acquaintance, left this world on November 28th. She now joins her husband Denny who passed on August 17th. Frankly, a great portion of Mom's heart departed with him. Theirs was a love story for the ages. Dedicated together as babies in Detroit's First Church of the Brethren, they were inseparable.

Rosemary Ruth was born into the Earl and Ruth (Smith) Hoover family on July 29, 1925. She was the oldest child with one sister, Adele.

Attending Redford High School, Rosie was very active in speech and drama. She served as a Senior class officer. After graduating in 1943, she attended Manchester College, then Wayne State University graduating in 1947. She later earned her Masters Degree in Education from Eastern Michigan University.

The week after Denny returned from the war, they were married on September 8, 1945. Together they welcomed two sons, David and Daniel. Mom kept a warm and loving home at 9547 Crosley in Redford Township for 50 years. From that residence, Rosie embarked on her kindergarten teaching career at nearby Fisher School that lasted thirty years. She took great pride and joy in teaching. Her little students adored her. She loved the quote by Robert Fulghum, "All I need to know in life, I learned in kindergarten." She retired in 1986.

Denny and Rosie enjoyed countless travel adventures, introducing their growing boys to the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains and California. They later incorporated numerous Europe and Asia trips, making friends everywhere they went.

In 1990, Denny and Rosie took up a second residence in Estero, Florida enjoying winter months with an ever growing group of like-minded seniors.

In October 2005, they moved to North Manchester and began their Timbercrest adventure. Rosie enthusiastically participated in both the Timbercrest choir and the North Manchester Church of the Brethren choir. Rosie was an avid reader, loved the local theater, and deeply touched the hearts of the gracious Timbercrest staff. She loved to comment, "What a pleasure to live at Timbercrest, to renew old college acquaintances, and to make so many new friends."

Denny and Rosie celebrated 75 years of blissful marriage last September 8th.

The loving memory of Rosemary Butler will be forever cherished by her sons David (Joyce), Cumming, Georgia; and Daniel (Debra) Dover, Idaho; five grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dennis; her parents, and sister, Adele (Price).

A celebration of life will be held for both Rosie and Denny together on Saturday, March 5th, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. at Manchester Church of the Brethren, 1306 Beckley Street, North Manchester, Indiana. A gathering of friends and family will be held at the conclusion of the service. Any donations may be directed to Manchester Church of the Brethren, youth services, 1306 Beckley Street, North Manchester, Indiana, 46962.

The family of Rosemary Butler has entrusted McKee Mortuary with care and final arrangements.


Manchester Church of the Brethren
1306 North Beckley Street, North Manchester IN 46962

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Celebration of Life

Saturday, March 5, 2022

Starts at 1:00 pm (Eastern time)

Manchester Church of the Brethren

, North Manchester, IN 46962

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