Parishioner Spotlight: Evie Butler

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Evie PicHow many children and grandchildren do you have? Each of our three wonderful sons, Geoffrey Jr., Lee, and William, each has a son and daughter. The oldest grandchild, Quinn, is 20 and his sister Marianna 13; Peter 12 and sister, Madeleine 10; Ward 10 and his sister Adelaide 8.

Where are you originally from and how long have you lived in the Gulf Coast? I was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up in Louisville, Kentucky and spent four years of college in Virginia. After marriage in 1966 we lived in Connecticut (9), Kentucky (6), Tennessee (6), Texas (23), Oklahoma (1), and Destin/Miramar Beach full time (6). Previously, we had vacation condominiums here for twenty years. I began coming to Destin in 1973 when my parents had a condo at Silver Dunes. We also had a vacation home in Angel Fire New Mexico for twenty-five years where we spent summers.

Before retirement, what did you do for a living? My first job was as dormitory mother in a girls’ dorm at boarding school followed by six years as Boutique Manager for Stein Mart in Kentucky and Tennessee and ten years as a travel agent in Fort Worth, Texas.

What is the last book your read? I usually have several going at once. I just finished Anne Hillerman’s Rock with Wings. She uses her famous author (Tony Hllerman) father’s characters. But, she is not as good a writer.

What is your favorite dessert? Chocolate chip cookies

What’s your favorite movie of all time? Gigi; and I still know the words to all the songs.

What’s your favorite local restaurant? 790 On the Beach. The food is good at a reasonable price and the view is wonderful.

If you had to be trapped inside a television show for one month, which show would you pick? Being Jessica Fletcher’s sidekick on Murder She Wrote after she leaves Cabot Cove.

What’s the most outrageous thing you have done? I don’t do outrageous and guess I never did.

If you could choose your age forever, what age would you choose and why? Now is pretty great except for my friend Arthur (itis)

When did you start attending CTK? We started as vacation visitors with the doublewide, but transferred our letter in 2010. I am a cradle Episcopalian.

What has surprised you most about joining CTK? How many ways there are to get involved and participate. I sing in the choir, cooked for the homeless; and participate in the nursing home teas which I am now taking over from Tommy Fairweather.

In your opinion, what is the best part about living in our “small town”? Knowing a variety of small groups of people associated with different organizations.

What do you wish other people knew about CTK, our little church in the woods? We are very friendly, but one needs to go to the coffee hour to visit after the service. (Members need to wear name tags.)

What do you think will change about CTK over the next five years? It will grow in size, energy and activity.

When you aren’t volunteering at the church or working, what are you up to? I swim with three different water aerobics groups, play mahjong with CTK friends and Shanghi with Santa Rosa Beach Club friends, participate in the Santa Rosa BC book club, the Monday Bible study at CTK and Winky’s yoga class.

Share with us your favorite material object that you already own. My engagement ring of diamonds and sapphires that Geoff’s father gave to his mother and she to me and my great grandmother’s diamond ring with which I played “getting engaged” with my grandmother when I was 4 or 5 years old.

If you won a free travel pass, anywhere in the world and all-expense paid, who would you bring and where do you go? On a trans USA and trans Canadian train trip. We’ve been to Europe often and love it but would now like to see more of our own country, even though we have lived all over.

Name three things that make you smile. My husband Geoffrey, my three boys, and my six grandchildren.

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