There are many stories that can be told and many heads would nod in agreement about Diane Butler. She is a daughter, Mary Jones the second. She is a Mother and grandmother and she even mothered others that were not her own. She was an aunt that have several nephews and nieces that claimed her. She is a sister that may have agrued with her siblings, but no one else could bother them. She was a friend that was born for adversity.
She understood more than what others could understand about her! There are a few monikers that reveal she was more than meets the eyes and she made a difference in our lives on every level. I mean every level. From gangsters, hustlers to pastors and christians and all the in between that wanted to know how to accomplish something. She had both knowledge: Street smarts and book sense!
Her advice was wise and not always delivered in ways that many wanted to hear it! (it’s okay to nod) Nevertheless, if the instructions were followed the crisis, jam or issue could and would be resolved. She is Mother Pearl and she demonstrated tough love and demanded toughness. if you stayed around her any length of time you developed tough skin (laughing). She did not throw pity parties. She would cook, feed you and then send you on your way. Tell You, “now move around like a general giving marching orders to a soldier. Some walked away pouting at times, and others fled promising never to return. However, we always returned, because we knew we could at the bare minimum get warm, get something to eat and on occasion get a few dollars.
She is Mother Pearl, pure in the depths of her spirit! She is Lady Di tough as nails yet sensitive and she is Princess Diana, know her worth and demanded royal treatment!
Let me repeat again, she is tough as nails with a guarded heart that was tender!!!
Today, with such tough love, she would dry our tears and say LIVE ON! You know what you gotta do! and if we didn’t listen there would definitely be a few choice words to let you know she was serious.
Family and friends you each have stories and when we all connect the dots, She is a daughter, a mother/grandmother, a sister, aunt and a friend. Tough love was here approach! In Loving memory of my aunt, Diane Butler, mourn then hear her demand that you Live On!
Her Funeral is Tomorrow. I thank God for the time he gave us to create some memories of love, comfort and a sense of belonging! I Love You Aunt Di!