EMMA MACALIK BUTTERWORTH DIES
The Mobile (Alabama) Register
(published September 12, 2003; reprinted with permission)
Macalik Butterworth, a prima ballerina with the Vienna State Opera
who wrote of her life during World War II in the award-winning 1982
book, As the Waltz Was Ending, died September 5 at her bayside
residence in Daphne. It was her 75th birthday.
cause of death was lung cancer.
remembered Mrs. Butterworth, an Eastern Shore resident for 38 years,
as a woman of many talents.
did beautiful calligraphy," recalled Betty Jo Wolfe, owner of the
Page & Palette bookstore in Orange Beach.
who formerly owned the Page & Palette in Fairhope, said she and
Mrs. Butterworth had been friends ever since the Butterworth family
came to Fairhope. Wolfe marketed her book when it was published.
was a delightful book, and sad too, because it was during wartime,"
Wolfe said. She said that when she also had a gallery with the Fairhope
book shop, the gallery sold Mrs. Butterworth's calligraphy. "I miss
her. We had some good times together. She was a very loyal friend,"
Thomas Yancey, a retired general practitioner, said he considered
it his privilege to have cared for Mrs. Butterworth and her family
for 35 or 40 years.
extolled her writing abilities and said she had helped her former
husband, author William E. Butterworth III, edit some of his work.
also remembered her as high-spirited and strong-willed.
did what she thought was right," Yancey said. "She'd cuss you out
in a minute and the next day she'd make you a cake."
he once fell ill, she brought Yancey some Hungarian goulash. "She
was a good cook, too. I appreciated that. I just thought the world
in Austria, Mrs. Butterworth became an accomplished calligrapher
when her mother encouraged her to learn the art in case she were
to suffer an injury and not be able to dance. Her 1980 book, The
Complete Book of Calligraphy, came to be used as a classroom
text in the United States and in England.
the war, she was married to William E. Butterworth III, an American
paratrooper, by a judge of the Austrian Supreme Court. She moved
to America, and soon after became a citizen of the United States.
Fiercely patriotic to her new country, she was a tireless supporter
of America's members of the military.
Butterworth belonged to a number of organizations, but was perhaps
proudest of holding the Elite Award of membership in the U.S. Army's
Ridgway Chapter of the 82nd Airborne Division Association, given
for her loyalty, devotion and service.
the 1970s, she taught the art of fine writing to high school students
and was a teacher at the Marietta Johnson School of Organic Education
is survived by her children, Patricia B. Black, of Birmingham, Alabama,
John S. Butterworth II, of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, William E. Butterworth
IV, of Flower Mound, Texas, and four grandchildren, Emma Christine
Black, of Atlanta, Georgia, Sarah Marie Black, of Birmingham, Alabama,
Catherine Taylor Butterworth, of Flower Mound, Texas, and Alexandra
Macalik Butterworth, of Flower Mound, Texas.
memorial service for Emma Macalik Butterworth was held Saturday,
October 11, 2003 at ten o'clock in the morning at Saint Francis
at the Point in Point Clear, Alabama. Reading from the 1928 Book
of Common Prayer, Bishop Charles Morley conducted the service on
that overcast fall day. Testimonials from family and from longtime
dear friend Grace Quaites followed.
service ended with the fulfillment of a wish that Emma Butterworth
made decades earlier when she witnessed her first traditional jazz
funeral march on the streets of New Orleans' Vieux Carre. "I want
that!" she said of the processional of Dixieland jazz musicians
in formal attire half-stepping through the streets of the French
Quarter, first playing mournful tunes then breaking into high-energy
jazz standards to celebrate the life of the lost. Bob French's Original
Tuxedo Jazz Band brought every bit of that New Orleans to the little
Alabama church on the bay, and as the band played, the gray clouds
parted and brilliant beams of sunlight filtered in through the sanctuary's
family and friends gathered at the author's home overlooking Mobile
Bay. Then, in the late afternoon, from the pier almost rebuilt completely
and with more words from the Book of Common Prayer, her ashes
were scattered with flowers upon the water she loved so much.
contact information on Mr. French and where to find his wonderful
music on CD, on the radio and live send an e-mail to email@example.com)
The author wished that any memorial in her name be made to her church
(Saint Francis at the Point, Scenic Highway 98, P.O. Box 916, Point
Clear, AL 36564-0916; 251-928-1255, www.reformer.org/contact.php),
or to the Baldwin County Humane Society (306 Magnolia Avenue, Fairhope,
AL 36532; 251-928-4585) or to one's local humane society. Thank
left) Portrait of Emma Macalick, Vienna, 1946
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