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Margaret L. Butler, retired Baltimore County public schools educator, dies

Margaret L. Butler was a longtime volunteer in Lutheran congregations.
Margaret L. Butler was a longtime volunteer in Lutheran congregations.

Margaret L. Butler, a retired Baltimore County public schools educator and an active church member, died Friday at the Broadmead Retirement Community of complications from dementia. The resident of Phoenix in Baltimore County was 90.

The former Margaret Matilda Luebbe, daughter of Frank Luebbe and his wife, Louise Luebbe, who owned and operated a confectionery store, was born and raised in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

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After graduating in 1949 from Johnstown High School, she earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology in 1953 from Gettysburg College. She returned to Johnstown, where she worked at the Red Cross for several years before moving to East Orange, New Jersey, where she taught second grade.

Mrs. Butler moved to Baltimore and obtained a master’s degree in education in 1958 from Goucher College. She began teaching second grade that year in Baltimore County public schools and joined the faculty of Rodgers Forge Elementary School, where she spent the majority of her 33-year career as a guidance counselor until retiring in 1991.

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She was a member of Alpha Zeta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, a professional society for female educators.

She had been a member of Ascension Lutheran Church in Towson and an active volunteer with the Helping Up Mission, Meals on Wheels, Sarah’s Hope and several educational organizations.

In recent years, she became a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Cockeysville, where she was vice president of its social ministry and a member of the Spiritual Committee and the Pastor-Parish Relations Committee. She sang in its choir and was a member of its handbell choir.

Mrs. Butler moved to the Hunt Valley retirement community 13 months ago after suffering a fall.

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A lover of classical music who played the piano, Mrs. Butler attended Baltimore Symphony Orchestra concerts. She also enjoyed reading and traveling. A favorite travel destination was South Africa, which she visited four times.

“She was a true gentle woman who had a great sense of humor,” said Sarah Rath, a stepdaughter who lives in Cockeysville.

Due to the pandemic, a celebration-of-life gathering won’t be held until a later date.

In addition to her stepdaughter, she is survived by her husband of 27 years, Robert B. Butler, who was director of product development for Noxell Corp.; a stepson, David Butler of Annapolis; two other stepdaughters, Katherine DeWit of Asheville, North Carolina, and Betsey Klinger of New Britain, Pennsylvania; 24 stepgrandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; and nine nieces and nephews. Her husband of six years, Forney Gordon, a Food Fair manager, died in 1973. Another stepdaughter, Susan Smith, died in 2014.

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