Genella Butterfield (1928-2023)

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Genella Butterfield

FARMINGTON – Genella Moore Butterfield, 94, of Farmington, ME, passed away peacefully on April 3, 2023, at the home of her son, Peter Durrell. She was born on August 23, 1928, in Norridgewock, ME, the daughter of Leland A. and Inez (Stevens) Moore.

Genella was educated in the Norridgewock, Chesterville and Farmington Schools as well as Pelletier’s School of Cosmetology. In her younger years, she was employed during the summer at Rangeley Lakes Hotel and also at Franklin Memorial Hospital. After graduating from Farmington High School and Pelletier’s School of Cosmetology, Genella was employed at Howatt’s Beauty Shop and later for Demerice Guay’s Beauty Shop in Farmington. During her working years she was employed by Farmington Skewer and Dowell Co., Franklin Memorial Hospital, Bass Shoe Co., State of Maine Nurses, and Farmington School District. Genella retired from her working years after 26 years with the U.S.D.A.- A.C.C.S. in Farmington. She was a member of the Farmington Falls Baptist Church and the New Sharon Eastern Star.

Genella had many interests, such as reading, swimming, painting, sewing, quilting, cooking, and dancing. One of her joys in later life was playing cards and camping with friends. She had special friends in life that meant a lot to her, one of whom was Cindy Whittier, her “forever friend”. When her children were young, she had a 4-H group of teenage girls that she taught how to sew, and also a Cub Scout group of 1st grade boys.

Her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were always a great delight and joy to her, she loved having them visit and spend time with her.

Genella is survived by a son, Peter Loren Durrell and his wife, Debra Luce Durrell; a daughter, Terry Lynn Lawrence, and her husband, Leonard Lawrence; two granddaughters, Heather Durrell Brackley, and her husband, Justin Brackley; and Hannah Durrell Boivin, and her husband Josh Boivin. Four great grandchildren, Sydney, Makayla, Gavin and Garrett; two sisters, Autice Buckminster of Farmington; and Sylvia Barnwell Wells of Shreveport, LA; and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents, her 3 brothers Mahlon Moore, and his friend Phyllis Neal; Bradford Moore, and his wife, Gloria Goings Moore; Myron Moore and his wife, Gladys Montimer Moore; brother-in-law, Sam Barnwell and Raymond Buckminister; her first husband of 31 years, Herbert C. Durrell, and her second husband, of 12 years, Burt F. Butterfield.

A very special Thank You to all the wonderful, caring, and supportive care givers from Androscoggin Home Healthcare and Hospice and to Dr. Deborah Burchfield.

At Genella’s request, there will be no public services. Cremation Care and Arrangements are under the direction of Wiles Remembrance Centers-Farmington.

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  1. A very dear friend who was a important part of my life growing up.
    I will treasure all your cards and notes. Especially the one just a few weeks ago!
    Thoughts to all the family

  2. Genella was a good friend and neighbor to our family. We will always remember her.
    Sending prayers to her family. Rest in peace now Genella…
    Sincerely Chan and Charlie Woodcock

  3. A treasure to me. Long conversations on everything in our life’s…the good and the bad and what made sense and what we just had to bear. A wealth of family history and possessing the insight that the years had given her, she loved without judgement . I could never thank her enough while she was here but the best is yet to be….I will see her again I’m certain.

  4. Genella was a family friend. My Mom and I had a wonderful picnic at her home and played croquet. She was kind, loving and gave of herself generously!

  5. Had the joy of meeting Mrs Butterfield on a couple of occasions, and she was a great joy to be around. I am glad she lived a life, in which she represented her Saviour. This is not the end, we will meet again.

  6. Aunt Genella, you were a second loving Mother to me. I loved or recent conversations and correspondence. You taught me many things during my life and will continue to. I like Ya and Love you, Kathy Durrell Caliendo

  7. My sincere condolences to Genella’s family and friends. She was a wonderful friend to my mom, and by association, me. Rest in peace dear lady. Much love, Linda

  8. Such a beautiful lady with a beautiful soul. I will surely miss you. I am finding it hard to believe that you are gone. Rest in peace dear friend Genella, until we will meet again.

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