Diana Virginia (Carr) Butler

February 5, 1941 ~ January 27, 2023 (age 81) 81 Years Old


Diana Virgina Butler, age 82, received her Heavenly wings on Friday, January 27th, 2023.

Born February 5th, 1941 to Estelle and Edward Carr, she was the youngest daughter of 12 in Laurel, DE. 

Sadly, Diana’s mother transitioned when she was just 9 years old. She was raised by her older sisters, Norma Lee Carr (deceased) and Aletha Reed, and brothers, Lester Carr (deceased), Theodore Ingram (deceased), and, the youngest, Terry Carr (deceased). They were supported by a village of aunts, uncles and cousins that instilled in her, her deep family oriented values. With an open heart and an open kitchen, Diana’s home always welcomed anyone who needed a helping hand. She loved as fiercely as she protected her family and friends. 

In her late teens, she moved to Newark, NJ, where she worked tirelessly to support herself. Taking jobs such as a teacher’s aide, in a commercial laundry and in a commercial leather factory, she decided to go back to school to earn her Associate’s Degree in Business at Essex County School of Business in 1981. With new confidence, Diana sought out her next achievement, and began her career in the Essex County Courthouse. Dedicating 21 years in the Family Court Division, Diana prided herself as a Court Clerk in Judge Zampino’s courtroom. She loved feeling a part of making a difference in children's lives through the legal system. She retired early, only to focus on something she loved so much more -- raising her family. 

She met Clyde Daniel Butler on a hot summer day in the early 60’s. Though it wasn’t love at first sight, Clyde won Diana over with his unyielding love and support as they developed a close knit friendship. From friends to the love of each other's lives, Clyde and Diana were wed on September 8th, 1969. Together they created a loving home that provided for their three children, three grandchildren, and numerous nieces & nephews. She is survived by her husband, Clyde D. Butler Sr.,, her children Kim M. Butler-Fleming (George Fleming), Clyde D. Butler II (Emily Butler), and KiaraDiana M. Butler, two bonus children, Baseem Abdul-Aziz and Daniel K. Carroll, grandchildren, Ian “Rocky” Butler (Jennifer Perez-Butler) Ibn J. Butler, and Vanessa-Rae Perez, great grandchild, Averie E. Butler, her sister, Aletha Reed, and a village of nieces, nephews, and friends that love and will miss her deeply. 

Diana will receive her Heavenly welcoming from her daughter Karen M. Butler, her aunt, Helen L. Butler, her parents and her many siblings. 

Always looking for a good laugh, a stiff drink, and some good news, Diana enjoyed celebrating life with her friends and family above all else. She leaves a legacy of unconditional love and laughter with all whose hearts she’s touched. 


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Open Viewing
February 7, 2023

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Mt. Olive Baptist Church
11 Ashland Ave
East Orange, NJ 07018

Funeral Service
February 7, 2023

11:00 AM
Mt. Olive Baptist Church
11 Ashland Ave
East Orange, NJ 07018

Interment following funeral service
February 7, 2023

Rosedale Cemetery


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