Laurie (Cockburn) Butler, 44: Inspired others by her strength of spirit

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NORTH YARMOUTH — Laurie Butler, 44, died Sept. 25 with her loving family and friends by her side.

Her tenacious spirit helped her fight a long, courageous battle with breast cancer.

Born on Aug. 15, 1967, in Brunswick, to William Cockburn and Winnifred (Mosher) Merrill, she grew up in Brunswick and graduated from Brunswick High School in 1985.

In 1987 she graduated from Thomas College with an associates degree in business administration.

She worked at the Women’s Fitness Studio, and Dr. Blaine Littlefield’s office in Brunswick, McTeague Higbee in Topsham, and most recently, Rose Garden Preschool in North Yarmouth.

In October 1997 she married Stephen Butler, and was a devoted, loving wife and mother to their two children, Nicholson “Nick” and Avery. Through their many activities, they met many wonderful and special friends, especially Rick, Lisa, Kate, Eric and Rachel Storey.

She shared her love of photography and crafts with her friends and family, and enjoyed creating collages for her son Nick’s baseball and football teammates.

Sports were a big part of her life, and she loved going to her son’s games and watching her daughter cheer on her older brother. An avid Red Sox fan, she passed that love onto her children. Over the years she ran 5K road races, even throughout her treatments, and most recently, participated in the 2011 Portland Sea Dogs Mother’s Day 5k with 23 “fans.” She also played softball for many years in the Brunswick area.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Dr. Polkinghorn of Mid Coast Hospital for his guidance and support during her illness.

In addition to her husband Stephen and their two children, Nick and Avery, all of North Yarmouth, she is survived by a large, loving family, including: her father William Cockburn of Brunswick, and her mother Winnifred Merrill of Harpswell; her sister, Linda Cockburn and partner Walter Foster of Brunswick, and children Dylan Ouellette, Danielle Ouellette and Morgan Foster; her sister, Bonnie Emmertz and husband Andy and their children Brett and Colby of Falmouth; her sister, Brooke Cox and husband Stephen and their children Katelyn and Cameron of Bowdoinham; her brother David Cockburn and wife Terry and their children Heath and Blaine of Durham; her grandmother, Helen Mosher of South China; her in-laws Ed and Jeanne Butler of Camden; several aunts and uncles; and cousins.

A time of visitation will be held on Thursday, Sept. 29, from 5-7 p.m. at Lindquist Funeral Home, One Mayberry Lane, Yarmouth.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, Sept. 30, at 10 a.m. at North Yarmouth Congregational Church, corner of U.S. Routes 115 and 231, North Yarmouth.

Please visit to view a video collage of her life and to share condolences, memories and tributes with her family.

Memorial donations may be made to the Dean Snell Cancer Foundation, 5 County Credit Union, P.O. Box 598, Bath, ME 04530.

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