Nancy Lee Buttrey

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Nancy Lee Buttrey, beloved wife, mother and grandmother, passed away on February 17, 2022, following a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer.

Nancy was born on September 20, 1944, in Louisville, Kentucky, to Forrest and Emma Frances Kitterman. She later grew up in Malden, Missouri and graduated from Malden High School in the class of 1962. She was married right out of high school to John Buttrey, her devoted husband of 60 years. Nancy worked to help John earn his engineering degree and then ultimately partnered with him to run a successful business in Slidell, Louisiana and later in central Florida. They have long since retired and reside in Vienna, VA near their family. According to John, “behind every successful man, there is a strong woman”. He would not have been as successful had it not been for her complete devotion to him and their three children.

Nancy’s greatest joy in life was her family. She was a selfless mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She always enjoyed doting on her family, whether it be attending their sporting and school events, supporting their hobbies, or shopping for her girls and her granddaughters, her family always came first. She was also an avid reader and a travel enthusiast, having traveled extensively around the world with her husband. Some of her most cherished memories are family cruises with children and grandchildren. Regardless of the amazing sights she saw around the globe, being at home with her family is always where she was happiest.

Nancy is survived by her husband, John, as well as her three children Lesley (Rob), John Jr. (Julie) and Stacy (Adam), as well as her grandchildren, Bailee, Merritt, Jack, Catherine, Caroline, Nick, Sarah, Abigail and Emma, along with her great-granddaughter Avery.

We will forever miss her smile, grace, charm, wit and her ability to always put us first. Even through her battle with cancer, we were always her priority and concern. If we had a bad day, a phone call to Mom always made it better. Nancy’s family was her entire world and she was the center of theirs. She will be truly missed by all who knew her and loved her. She always took great pride in having an immaculate home, so we take solace in knowing that heaven will be just a little bit cleaner by the time the rest of us arrive. Gone for now but forever in our hearts


At Nancy’s request, her service will be private. In lieu of flowers, if you would like to make a donation, the family asks that you make it to a charity of your choice in her honor.

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  1. John and Family, Our hearts are heavy as we have learned the news about our dear classmate and friend, Nancy, from Malden High School’s Class of 1962. She was always the light and life of our reunions, and often went from table to table visiting with her former classmates. She will truly be missed by all who knew her, even if only for a few minutes. Our thoughts and prayers are for John and all of her sweet family. May you be blessed by the memories of the sunshine you have had with you in your mother for these years. We are praying for your strength, comfort, and the peace that passes all understanding in the difficult times ahead.

  2. It is with deep sympathy that we offer our condolences at the loss of one of our classmates from the Malden High School Class of 1962, from Malden, Missouri. Nancy was a special lady, and always made people feel at ease around her. We offer our sincere thoughts and prayers for John and all the family in your loss.

  3. Dear Buttrey’s, there are so many memories I have with Mrs. Nancy in them. Looking back at them they represent some of the best times. Stacy I have been blessed to call you my friend and grateful that your sweet, strong, southern mom treated me as one of her own. I see her smile in the picture with Merritt and know that she truly loved being a wife, mother and grandmother! I know she didn’t want to leave you all just yet. Mr. John, Lesley, Stacy and family I am sorry for your pain and will forever cherish my memories of Mrs. Nancy. Love to you all❤️

  4. My deepest sympathy on your loss. What a great lady. Lesley always said her mom was selfless and was someone anyone could count on.

  5. I remember well the first time I met Nancy. My brother insisted I go with him to meet someone. We drove to Malden, where Nancy’s dad owned a grocery store. I wondered why we stopped, but when we entered l understood. There stood behind the cash register this stunningly beautiful young woman Her brown eyes just sparkled. I knew then that John and Nance would marry. I always loved her and l will always remember the sparkling brown eyes. From John’s sister Nancy Buttrey.

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