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Lena Mae Butcher

Apr 5, 2021

Lena Butcher, a former real-estate agent of Toledo, Ohio and an early buyer of property in Florida at Estero Beach and Tennis, died on February 10th, 2021, in Fort Myers, Florida. She was 95.

Born Lena Mae Keown in Fordsville, Kentucky, she was raised on a farm with her 5 siblings. After high school she graduated from Owensboro Business College. Lena and her late husband, Jack, spent many years in Toledo, Ohio where Mrs. Butcher achieved success in real estate. Though they were snow birds for years, Lena and Jack moved to Fort Myers permanently in 2012.

Mrs. Butcher led an active lifestyle. For decades, she spent much of her time laying down the whoop at the Laurel Hills Tennis Club in Toledo and later at the courts of Estero Beach and Tennis. Indeed, she was a woman of competition: an avid swimmer, biker, paddler, and water-skier. For their 50th wedding anniversary, Lena and Jack Butcher cycled hundreds of miles across France. Most notably they toured through the French Alps. She was in her 70’s.

Her family remembers her as a kind and generous spirit. A woman, who they urge, loved children. It need not matter if she engaged her grandchildren privately, challenging them to feats of strength, or the neighborhood kids at her pool who she taught how to dive, she made every sphere, private and public, convivial with her mischievous smile and bellyaching laughter.

What else could be said about the woman for whom so many loved? She was a beloved member of the community at Beach Baptist Church. Lena was a dedicated Sunday School teacher at the various churches she attended. Her family notes the importance of faith in her life. They say, above all else, she would want to be remembered for her love of Christ and for sharing that love with everyone she came across. To what end was her impact felt? Many in her church community and elsewhere considered Lena as their best friend.

Mrs. Butcher suffered from a seizure at Discovery Village Senior Living in Fort Myers, FL where she was in memory care for five years. She is survived by her sons, Chris and Bruce, their wives, Jo and Diane; her grandchildren, Bret, Brandon, Bryce, Jonathan, and Jake, their spouses; and six great-grandchildren.