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Marion Elizabeth Butler

October 25, 1929 February 26, 2022
Marion Elizabeth Butler
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Obituary for Marion Elizabeth Butler

A Celebration of Marion's life will occur on
Saturday, March 19, 2022 at:

Vine Memorial Baptist Church
5600 West Girard Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131

Viewing: 10 AM
Service: 11 AM

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Life Story and Legacy

Marion Elizabeth Blackshear, the first daughter and the 2 nd eldest of five
children, of the late Julian and Sirene Blackshear, was born in Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania on October 25, 1929. Our Heavenly Father, in His infinite wisdom, caller
her to receive her eternal reward and sweet rest on February 26, 2022.

Marion, affectionately called “Betty; Northern Betty; Mom Betty; or G’Mom Betty” was
educated in the Philadelphia Public School system and graduated from Overbrook High
School in 1948. Her parents instilled and she received her spiritual foundation, with a
strong admonition and love for God, at Vine Memorial Baptist Church. Marion attended
and graduated from the Edward J. Meyer Nursing School, of Buffalo, New York, as the
only African American in her class and the only “Black” woman, in 1951. She was
licensed in the State of NY, as a Registered Nurse (R.N.), on September 1, 1951.

Betty returned to Philadelphia, PA and was licensed as a R.N., by the State of
Pennsylvania, on August 9, 1955. She met and married Edward O. Taylor, on October
25, 1951. From this loving union, two children were born: Edward Adrian and Julia Ava
Maria. Betty began her nursing career as a “private duty” nurse for the University of
Pennsylvania Hospital, using her talent and compassion caring for the elderly and very
ill patients. Her passion for caring for the sick and helping others led her to work for the
following nursing centers, companies, and the City of Philadelphia: The Bala Nursing &
Retirement Center; the Presbyterian Home at 58 th Street; the Tastykake Baking
Company; the Veterans Administration Hospital (VA); the School District of Philadelphia
and the Philadelphia Health Center (Woodland Avenue). Later, having raised her
family, she returned to school and obtained her bachelor’s degree from Antioch College.

Betty retired after 43 years of nursing: caring and helping others; then, she remarried
her loving and devoted 2 nd husband, the late Robert J. Butler, Jr. (affectionately known
as “Bob” or “Mr. Bob”), on November 10, 1994. Betty and Bob spent their time
traveling: getting away from the cold Philadelphia (PA) climate to such warm
destinations as FL and CA; and cruising to the Bahama and Virgin Islands, until his
unexpected death, on January 6, 2003.

“Mom” Betty devoted her time, energy and passion for caring after her retirement and
her husband’s transition to her family, the Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc. (Theta Chapter, Inc.)
and to singing, as she had a great love for music, on the choirs at Mt. Carmel Baptist
Church, Christian Fellowship Baptist Church and Philadelphia Citywide Choirs,
ultimately returning to the Sanctuary Choir, upon renewing her membership at Vine
memorial Baptist Church, her “home” church (where she raised her children to have a
belief in and reverence for God), on March 11, 2012.
Betty Butler was a petite, quiet, quick-witted, supportive and often funny, caring person,
with a sweet, warm and generous smile. She was a devoted and compassionate

mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, as well as a great-great grandmother. She
was a strong, fiercely independent, “giant” force of nature fitted into a compact body,
always busy moving and “taking care of her business.” Mom Betty loved her family:
quietly, yet deeply, always stressing education, leadership, and most importantly,
Christian values and principles; and she loved God.
She leaves to cherish her memory and to carry on her legacy of caring, compassion and
love “for one another”: her son, Edward A. Taylor (wife: Valerie), of Voorhees, NJ; and
her daughter: Julia A. Taylor (Fiancé: Calvin D.) of Philadelphia, PA; three
grandchildren: Jaleel Brown (wife: Keisha); Tiffany T. Newmuis (husband: Kyle) and
Teah T. Nusom; 9 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. Her first
husband, Edward O. Taylor (Charlotte, NC); three women like daughters to her:
Vanessa M. Givens (husband: Donald), of Yeadon, PA, Olivia S. Ayranci (Philadelphia,
PA), and Karen Stanislaus, Esquire (New Hartford, NY); one “church” daughter: Marian
Langdon; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives, friends, her Vine Memorial
Church Family and her Pastor Ralph E. and First Lady Paula Blanks.
Lovingly Submitted,
The Family


The Family of the late Marion Elizabeth Butler would like to acknowledge and express their
heartfelt gratitude and sincere appreciation for the many acts of kindness and the outpouring
of love, support and compassion shown during this difficult time of our bereavement. May God
richly bless and keep each and every one of you: our family, relatives, co-workers, friends and
the Vine Memorial Baptist Church Family.

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