Sister Ruth Butler, CSJ 1923-2017


(Sister Anna Paul)

March 12, 1923 - June 1, 2017

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sister Ruth Butler, who passed away on June 1, 2017, at Nazareth Living Center in St. Louis. She was 94 years of age.

Sister Ruth was born on March 12, 1923, in St. Louis to parents Wilber Allen and Mary (Spearing) Butler. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph on September 15, 1942, was received as Sister Anna Paul, and made her final profession on August 15, 1948.

Sister Ruth served in elementary education for 52 of her 75 years of ministry. In March of 1945, she began teaching in St. Louis at St. Teresa of Avila. That fall, she went on to teach at Bishop Baraga Central Grad School in Marquette, Michigan. Eleven years later, Sister Ruth moved south to Houston, Texas, where she taught at St. Rose of Lima from 1956 to 1958. She then went on to spend four years teaching at St. Viator in Chicago, Illinois. 

In 1962, Sister Ruth returned to her hometown of St. Louis where she remained for the next 16 years. She began her first year as a teacher at St. Rita Grade School before transitioning into the role of principal a year later. Then, in 1969, she continued her role as a principal at Our Lady of Lourdes until 1977. The following year she taught at St. Mary Grade School in Bridgeton, Missouri.

In 1978, Sister Ruth returned to the south, this time in Georgia, to serve as principal at St. Francis Xavier in Brunswick. Then, from 1984 to 1990, she was in Augusta at St. Mary on the Hill.

After a brief sabbatical at the University of San Diego, Sister Ruth served in West Palm Beach, Florida. She served as principal at Holy Name of Jesus from 1997 to 2004. She then transitioned into parish work and became the spiritual coordinator for senior adults.

In 2013, Sister Ruth retired and came back home to St. Louis. Since 2015, she resided at Nazareth Living Center carrying out her ministry of prayer and presence.

The Memorial Mass will be held Monday, June 5 at 10 a.m. at Nazareth Living Center, 2 Nazareth Lane, St. Louis, MO 63129. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Louis Province, 6400 Minnesota Ave., St. Louis, MO 63111-2899. Donate online.

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