Marguerite Butz, 89, personnel director, world traveler

May 02, 2006

Marguerite Butz, a retired department store personnel director and world traveler, died in her sleep Friday at Oak Crest Village in Parkville. She was 89.

She was born Marguerite Cox in Chattanooga, Tenn., and raised at Fort Meade, where her father was a civilian employee.

After graduating from Glen Burnie High School, she began her career as a sales associate at the Hochschild Kohn department store on Howard Street. Mrs. Butz was promoted to the personnel department, and was its head when she retired in the early 1980s at the time of the store's closing.

Formerly a longtime resident of Clearview Avenue in Parkville, Mrs. Butz enjoyed traveling by ship.

"While she had sailed on the Rotterdam many times, her favorite ship was the Queen Elizabeth II. She had traveled around the world several times aboard the QE2, and after moving to Oak Crest in 1996, said that life there was like living aboard a docked cruise ship," said a niece, Marguerite Lucas of Middle River.

Her husband of 40 years, John H. Butz, died in 1979.

Mrs. Butz had directed the retirement community's library and also volunteered at the Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Association kiosk at the Inner Harbor.

She was a longtime member of Aisquith Presbyterian Church in Parkville.

At her request, no funeral service will be held.

Also surviving are three brothers, Barry Cox of Palatka, Fla., Cecil Cox of Waukesha, Wis., and Ernest Cox of Marco Island, Fla.; a sister, Hester McNeilly of Parkville; and many other nieces and nephews.

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