ARKPORT - Marcella A. (Slocum) Butler, 87, of 8774 Burns Road, passed away peacefully at her home Friday (December 2, 2022) surrounded by her loving family after a lengthy battle with cancer.
Marcella was born in Cortland, N.Y., on January 10, 1935, to Walter and Mabel (Miller) Slocum. They lived in Cortland for several years before moving to Hornell and then to Arkport, where she resided for her entire adult life.
She graduated from Arkport Central School and was employed at the Triangle Shoe Store and Big N Store prior to working as a housekeeper at Bethesda Hospital and St. James Hospital for many years. After her retirement she worked in the Arkport Central School cafeteria for several years.
On November 29, 1952, she married Curtis Butler, Jr., who predeceased her on March 20, 2007, after more than 50 years of marriage. Marcella was a lifetime member of the Burns Community Church where she was active in the Women’s Missionary Group. In recent years, she attended the Arkport United Methodist Church. She was also a member of The Southern Tier Car Club with her husband.
Marcella was an avid collector of bells and stuffed bears. She loved doing puzzles, crocheting, yard saling, and visiting her neighbors on her scooter. Most of all, Marcella loved spending time with her family and cheering on her grandchildren and great-grandchildren in their sports and other activities.
In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her parents; daughter, Helen Butler; son, Carl Butler; sister, Janet Craig; brother-in-law, Lloyd Henry; and sister-in-law, Joyce Slocum.
She is survived by her three daughters, Linda (Mark) Holbrook of Arkport, Marlene (Richard) Mehlenbacher of Florida, and Lois (Keith) Chapman of Arkport; grandchildren, Jeremy (Kathy) Holbrook, Jennifer (Roger) Payne, Joshua (Nikki) Holbrook, Kimberly (David) Thompson, Andy Mehlenbacher, Tina Mehlenbacher, and Nathan Piedmont; great-grandchildren, Alexandria Holbrook, Julia Payne, Reese Payne, Rachel Holbrook, Jacey Payne, Kaitlyn Holbrook, Kristen Holbrook, and Matthew Holbrook; siblings, Ruth Henry, Chuck (Pat) Slocum, Jim (Ella) Slocum, George Slocum, and brother-in-law, Al Craig; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Friends wishing to send a remembrance, please visit www.brownandpowersfuneralhomes.com or on Facebook @brownpowersfh, the family is being assisted by director Chester A. Gosper IV.
Her daughters would like to thank Canisteo Valley Family Practice in Hornell and the Wilmot Cancer Center in Dansville for all the wonderful care they gave their mother.
The family will be present to receive friends from 2:00pm-4:30pm on Wednesday (December 7, 2022) at the Bender-Brown & Powers Funeral Home in Hornell where a Funeral Service will be held at 4:30pm with Rev. David Kilgore officiating. Burial will be in the Canaseraga Cemetery.
Friends wishing to remember Marcella may make memorial contributions in her name to the Wilmot Cancer Institute in Dansville, NY, or to the Hornell Area Humane Society in Hornell, NY.
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