Obituary: Margaret Lucy Butler

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The funeral has been held for former Skegness businesswoman Margaret Lucy Butler at St Mary’s Church, Skegness.

Mrs Butler grew up in the town at her parents hotel Lakeside on South Parade.

She met and married her husband Ray during the second world war.

The couple moved to Selby, Yorkshire, until the floods of 1947 forced a move back to Skegness where they ran a guest house in Lumley Road.

Mrs Butler was also the properietor of a cafe and cake shop on Drummond Road with her husband.

She managed the Links Hotel for a number of years and then ran shops on caravan sites in Skegness and Ingoldmells.

She retired after suffering a stroke in 1996.

She was an honary life member of the then Skegness Operatic Society and appeared in many shows throughout her lifetime, starting at the Arcadia Theatre at the age of seven.

She was also a member of the GNCS Arts Group and could still tap dance into her 70s.

Margaret was cared for at Aspen Lodge for the past 15 years and made many new friends there.

Her funeral was held on February 8. The clergy officiating was Linda Allaway.

Chief mourners were her son David and Carol Butler and son Andrew and Jean Butler and her grand daughter Kelly Butler. Her niece Judy and Colin Gott and nephew Malcolm and Vicky Gardiner.

Members of the Skegness Musical Theatre Group and carers from Aspen Lodge paid their respects along with family friends.