Mary Elizabeth KEY
24 MAY 1914 - 4 APR 2002
- RESIDENCE: 2000, Lexington, Henderson Co. TN
- BORN: 24 MAY 1914, Chester Co. TN
- DIED: 4 APR 2002
- BURIED: 6 APR 2002, Lexington Cemetery, Lexington, Henderson Co.
"Henderson County Tennessee, A Pictorial History" by Brenda Kirk Fiddler,
Mary Elizabeth Key Butler came to Lexington in the fall of 1938 to serve as
Home Demonstration Agent. In 1945 she married Woodrow Butler and continued to
work as home agent until 1948. From 1948 until 1955 she taught sixth grade at
the Lexington City School. In 1955 she returned to home demonstration work and
remained in that position until her retirement in 1975.
Some of Mrs. Butler's responsibilities included helping, rural homemakers learn
the "arts" of homemaking. One of her more interesting projects during 1941 and
1942 was that of helping families make their own mattresses out of compacted
cotton and ticking supplied by the government. More than 4,000 mattresses were
made in those two years. Each family got 50 pounds of compressed cotton and
enough ticking for a full sized mattress. After the ticking was sewn, the
cotton was put inside and beaten with a broom to be fluffed and distributed. It
was then necessary to take a long sharp needle and tuft the cotton to the
mattress. During this process injuries could occur. Sometimes the families had
not "beaten" the cotton enough to break up the hard clumps, and these clumps
could cause the needle to turn as it went upward through the mattress. That
turned needle came through the top of the mattress into Mrs. Butler's hand hard
enough and frequently enough to draw blood.
In 1959 Mrs. Butler traveled to New Orleans, LA, to receive an award for her
work with rural families.
The Jackson Sun: April 5, 2002
Mary Key Butler,
Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Key Butler, age 87, will be Saturday, April 6,
2002 at 11:00 a.m. in the chapel of Pafford Funeral Home with P.J. Hardy and
Charles Thomason officiating. Burial will follow in Lexington Cemetery. Mrs.
Butler, a retired home demonstration agent for Henderson County died Thursday,
April 4, 2002 after a brief illness. She was the widow of Woodrow Butler and a
very active member of the Broad Street Church of Christ . In addition, she was
a former school teacher for Lexington City School, a graduate of both David
Lipscomb College in Nashville and MTSU in Murfreesboro and a member of the Book
Lovers Club in Lexington. She is survived by several nieces and nephews.
- MARRIED: 21 DEC 1945, Lexington, Henderson Co. TN
- MARRIED: 24 NOV 1948