Obituaries 04-28-2021

Armorel Lucy Butt

She Epitomized the Old Seafarer’s Proverb — “when There Is No Wind, Row.”

Armorel Lucy (Jacobs) Butt, 103, of Everett, passed away on April 23. 

She was born on March 4, 1918 in Ochre Pit Cove, Newfoundland, the daughter of William Harris Jacobs (a tough, brave, hard-working man who knew where the codfish were and wasn’t afraid to go get them) and Laura Martin Jacobs (a nurturing, loving mother and equally hard-working partner).  They had ten children, six of whom survived childhood.  Armorel was pre-deceased by all of her beloved siblings who were close-knit and supportive of each other. 

Armorel came to this country as a young woman and found true love with Eben Davis Butt, a wonderful, wise and tender man.  Eben was also a Newfoundlander and together they shared wonderment and love for their new country. They had two children.  Eben’s bad health robbed them of the life they had planned together and his early passing left Armorel with a young family to raise and provide for.  She did heroic things for her children, providing not only the material things needed but also love, values, structure, faith and a role model from which they profited.  Armorel epitomized the old seafarer’s proverb:  “When there is no wind, row.”  By example, she taught her kids how to row.

Later in life Armorel was again blessed with finding love with her second husband, Jabez Butt, a loving generous man who was a friend to all.  Their marriage brought them happiness until his passing.

Armorel leaves two children:  Cheryl Webb of St Louis, MO and Bradford Eben Butt of Glastonbury, CT.  She also leaves three grandchildren whom she dearly loved and adored (and they her): Bradford Webb and his wife, Anne of St. Louis, MO, Haley Rist and her husband, Andrew of Ipswich, MA, and Lauren Redfield of Glastonbury, CT.  She also leaves six sparkling great grandchildren who amazed her, whom she also loved dearly, and whose lives sustained her as age and infirmities encroached on her life:  William, Jack and Tommy Webb, Lila Redfield and John and Emily Rist. 

She was also further blessed with many faithful friends whom she valued throughout all of her long life. 

Well done, Ma!  We all love you. 

Armorel’s Graveside Service will be private.  In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in her name to UNICEF USA, 125 Maiden Lane, New York, NY 10038 or on-line at, to honor Armorel’s life-long love of children.   Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Carafa Family Funeral Home in Chelsea. Family and friends are encouraged to visit to offer condolences at this time by means of the online guest book or to send a personalized sympathy card.

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