Shirley May Butler

26 May 1928 - 29 Jan 2020

Shirley May Butler

26 May 1928 - 29 Jan 2020

BUTLER Shirley May (nee Larking)

Peacefully at Taranaki Base Hospital on Wednesday 29 January 2020, aged 91.

Dearly loved wife of Ken (deceased).

Loved and respected Mum of Tom and Anne, Neil (deceased), Janice and Graham Charteris, Ivan and Meridee, and Alan and Dilma.

Proud Grandma and great-Grandma to her 13 grandchildren and 4.9 great-grandchildren. Loved daughter of Horace and Joyce Larking (deceased). Loving sister of Myra (deceased).

Messages to Shirley’s family can be left on her tribute page at  In preference to flowers, please consider a donation to the Taranaki Air Ambulance Trust which you may leave at the service.

A service to celebrate Shirley’s life will be held at Eagars Te Henui Chapel, 174 Lemon Street, New Plymouth on Saturday 1 February 2020 at 11am, followed by a private cremation.


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Sending our thoughts and prayers to all the family in your time of sorrow. Deepest sympathy.
Noel and Fran Butler

Noel and Fran Butler ( 02 Feb 2020 )

Our time to die is as important as our time for birth and all part of the cycle of life. Joy at birth and sadness at death and I have sadness for Shirley and Ken both very important people in my life. As a child living in outback Taranaki at Ratapiko we saw few people but Shirley's father Horace came daily during the milking season to bring his cream cans down the lumpy clay track from his home to our place for the cream lorry to take away to the factory. He would call in for a morning cuppa and a chat and was like my second father and I loved him and his family. Shirley had dolls and a yes boy but I loved playing with them and being spoilt by Shirley her sister and mother and of course by Horace. My physical health now past best and I was unable to attend Ken and Shirley's funerals. My wife Dorothy came to know Horace and Shirley and together we extend our sincere love and empathy to the Butler family. My now deceased mother Margaret and Shirley were wonderful friends and she would be aching to let you all know what a wonderful, charitable and loving person Shirley was. Her legacy will continue within the family. Love to you all. Robert xxxxx

Robert Stevens ( 02 Feb 2020 )

To the family of Shirley Butler (and Ken Butler). Gaye and Garry Topping are the children of Peter and Doreen Topping ( Deceased). Peter and Doreen were treasured best friends with both Shirley and Ken with Ken being best man at their wedding. We would like to offer our sincrest condolences to all the family on the passing of your Mother Shirley. May she rest in peace.

Gaye and Garry Topping ( 01 Feb 2020 )

To Tom & Anne, Janice & Graham, Ivan & Meridee, Alan & Dilma and families we are very sorry to hear of your dear mum's passing.
Please accept our deepest sympathy.
Doug & Wendy Wood, Masterton.

Doug & Wendy Wood ( 31 Jan 2020 )

Sincere sympathy from Betty and the late Syd to you all. Treasured friend.

Betty Topping ( 31 Jan 2020 )

To the Butler family,
we are sad to hear of Shirley's passing and send you our deepest sympathy and love.
Unfortunately we won't be able to come to Shirley's funeral,as we are away at this time.
receive our heartfelt condolences,
Bruce and Margarit Gut

Bruce and Margarit ( 30 Jan 2020 )

Ivan , Meridee and Family,
our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with you and your family at this difficult time ❤

Grahame family ( 30 Jan 2020 )