Mary Verne Butler
Mary Verne Butler
  • August 26, 1927 - January 3, 2018
  • Navasota, Texas

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Mary S. Butler, affectionately known as Gammy by everyone, left us after ninety years on January 3, 2018. She began her full life in Shreveport, LA, on August 26, 1927, called Houston home for a half-century, then moved to spend her final years among family in Navasota, TX.

Gammy enjoyed countless novels-worth of adventures including cheerleading for the University of Houston, acting as housemother for Rice University, traveling the world, living abroad, family road trips, learning to ski, whitewater raft, hike yet never failing to make a lasting impression upon everyone she met, from her weekly bridge groups to a university president. Gammy personified an elegant Southern lady- generous and kind, a true steel magnolia; who loved music, began dancing at a young age and took every opportunity to sing and dance throughout her long life.

Her presence will be greatly missed by her daughter Susan Scamardo, and husband, Luke, their four children, Tara Gaines and her husband Rodney, Luke Scamardo (Trey), his wife Melani and their three children Q, Ziva and Gigit, Brian Scamardo, his wife Jennifer and their daughter Berlin, and Courtney Pierce and her husband Ian. Also mourning are her son David, wife D'lina, and his daughter, Ashley. She's also leaving her many cherished stepchildren and their boundless descendants that brought her such joy.

Gammy is presently enjoying a heavenly reunion with her first love, husband, and the father of her children, Joseph A. Buvens, her eldest son, Joseph A. Buvens Jr. (Chip), her beloved Aunt Snooky, her husband of twenty-seven years, John O. Butler, and countless family members and life-long greatly missed friends.

Gammy spent her last Christmas eating, laughing, singing and surrounded by the love of all her babies. We are blessed to have among our final memories her sweet smile and the knowledge that she is at peace although there is no doubt that she remains with each and every one of us.