Carolyn Mel Butts

Carolyn Mel Butts, 87, resident of Dickinson, passed from this life April 5th, 2023 surrounded by her loved ones. Mel was born to loving parents Caroline Jara and Robert O Butts on August 12th, 1935 in Galveston, Texas.

Mel attended Sacred Heart School and graduated from Dominican High School in May 1953. She worked at American National Insurance Company, American Indemnity Insurance Company, Empire Insurance Company, Lykes Brothers Steamship Company and retired from American Bureau of Shipping, where she worked for 35 years. She was a very accomplished typist, an avid bowler and bowled in 4 leagues a week. She was a founding team member of the RCIA program at Our Lady of Lourdes and a member of the RCIA team at Saint Rose of Lima in Houston. She was extremely proud of her time as a lector at all of the parishes she attended.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her brother Robert Jara Butts, sister Ann Marie Jones, bother in law Tommy Jones and niece Pamela Jones

Mel leaves to cherish her memory, nieces Rebecca Jones, Jara Weyer and husband Dale, nephews Tom Jones, Ron Jones and wife Jennifer, and Robert Jones. Great nieces Elizabeth Hickman, Kelley Jones, Ava Jones, Lori Jones and Jocelyn Jones and great nephews Ryan Jones, Justin Weyer, Robby Jones and Haden Jones. And multiple great great nieces and nephews.

A visitation will be held on Tuesday April 11th from 5-7 at the Crowder Funeral Home chapel in Dickinson with a rosary service to follow. A funeral mass will be held on Wednesday April 12th at 11am at Our Lady of Lourdes church in Hitchcock. Interment to follow at Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her honor to the Macular Degeneration Association or Boys Town.


  1. Miss Mel was my swimming partner at Mariposa. I would swim and she would walk back and forth in the water. We would meet at the pool every evening in the summer. We loved to celebrate Mel’s birthday with her every year. She was so sweet and never complained about her health. She loved all of her many nieces and nephews, and was blessed by them. I will miss her!

    Anne Marie Hoff
    • And she was my friend, a great loving friend!

      Anne Marie Hoff
  2. Mel was a friend of my Aunt, Hilda Haversen Whitmore.
    She became a family member in our lives. As a Dominican Alumnae
    member & at many family events. Mel was a one of a kind person!
    She loved having fun & laughing. She always kept us entertained
    with stories of her life adventures. She will be missed.
    May she enjoy her next life in heaven with her friends & family
    & her Heavenly Father.
    Patty Martorell Allen

    Patricia Allen
  3. Mel was an inspiration to me, as she attended Daily Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Hitchcock. I only know her from Mass, but I was impressed by her devotion and faithfulness, and I have missed her presence for a few weeks.

    May her soul rest in eternity with her Savior, Jesus Christ.

    Patrice Taylor
  4. One of Mel’s passions was reading the creation account at the Easter Vigil Mass. As St. Rose celebrated the Easter Vigil this past Saturday, I could not help but know that she was with us in spirit as the reading was proclaimed. I consider myself blessed not only to know Mel, but also to be spiritually mentored by her words, her love and her presence. God bless sweet lady.

    John Murrell

    John Murrell
  5. I had the honor to serve with Mel on the Our Lady of Lourdes RCIA Team. She helped me tremendously, when I went through the program. She was patient with my many many questions. I learned because she taught and shared. Some would say Mel was a lovely Catholic Christian, my Dominican classmate, a friend, a helper, a fine women, a hard worker, a kind and funny person, a positive force in this world. She was a person with God’s love imbedded and projected out into this world. A sure servant to all. I was blessed to love her for many years. You will be missed Mel.

    Carolyn Mancuso de la Houssaye

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