Born: September 12, 1926
Died: April 21, 2014
Newark, MD –
Lena Bradford Butler, age 87, died Monday, April 21, 2014 at Coastal Hospice at the Lake in Salisbury. Born in Ironshire, near Berlin, she was the daughter of the late John Frederick Hastings and Viola Bassett Hastings. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Richard Lee Bradford in 1982 and Rev. Dallas W. Butler in 2003.
She is survived by her son Michael Bradford and his wife Jane of Snow Hill, and step-children, Lt. Col. Matthew Butler and his wife Debbie of New Jersey, Nancy B. Lantz and her husband David of Tennessee, and Lucy A. Green of Princess Anne, MD. There are two grandchildren, Michael Bradford, II, and Billie Ann Bradford both of Snow Hill. Also surviving is her sister Doris Hastings Brittingham of Powellville and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Charles, Lester and Edwin Hastings and sisters, Dorothy Smullen and Mary Julia Birch.
Mrs. Butler had worked for over 25 years at the Berlin Shirt Factory. She was a member of Bowen United Methodist Church in Newark.
A graveside service will be held on Friday at 11:00 a.m. at Sunset Memorial Park in Berlin. Rev. Jim Kurtz and Rev. Sherwood McGrath will officiate. Friends may call on Thursday evening from 5-7 p.m. at the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin. Memorial donations may be made to Coastal Hospice, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, MD 21804. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.burbagefuneralhome.com.