Mary Frances Butler

Mary Frances Butler, 79, of Leavenworth, passed away Sunday, July 31, 2011, at Kansas City Hospice House.

Mary Frances Butler

She was born Sept. 10, 1931, in Elrod Ala., from the union of Leon and Beatrice (Nixon) Mosley. From this union eight children were born. After Beatrice Mosely passed, Leon Married Odere and two sons were born.

Mary married Hosea Wheeler and to this union come two children. Keith and Patricia Wheeler. The marriage dissolved and she married Harry Butler in 1979. Their were no children to this union.

Mary accepted Christ at an early age and has been a member of the First Baptist Church for 53 years. She was an active member in the church; Sunday School teacher, a Deaconess, a Mission member and also worked in the kitchen.

She loved serving the community. She helped initiate the community Thanksgiving dinner for the local churches under the Black Ministerial Alliance, involving the Salvation Army and the other local churches. Mary received gratification in helping join the community together and because of her love of church and community, she was presented with the PBJ Missionary Hall of Fame Award in October, 2007.

Nursing was her passion, as Mary worked at the VA Hospital in Leavenworth as a registered nurse and retired after 30 years of service.

Mary was introduced to Western Baptist Bible College in 2005. She began taking classes in 2006. She completed her Associate degree and continued to achieve her next goal, a bachelor’s degree. Mary received a Bachelor’s degree in May 2011 “to God be the glory”.

She was preceded in death by her parents; stepmother; son, Keith Wheeler; husband, Harry Butler; siblings, Bertha White, Burton Mosely Sr., Hollis Mosely Sr., Michael Mosely, Mellonee Mosely, Sophie Foster and Luxineer Williams.

Mary is survived by her “favorite” daughter, Patricia Wheeler; granddaughter, “her sunshine” Francys Bennett; favorite and special brother, W.C. Mosely; grandson, Keith Wheeler Jr., Robert Anderson and Eric Lyons (by marriage); godson, Alton Jordan “A.J.” Payne; lifelong friends, Naomi Griffin and Dorothy Murray; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A funeral service will begin at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 5, 2011, at Independent Baptist Church 601 Pottawatomie, with Rev. Thomas Cobbs officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior at the church. Burial will follow at Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery. Arrangement are entrusted to R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to K.U.M.C. palliative care education fund.