Obituary: Sally King Butcher – Portland Press Herald


Sally King Boucher

Sally King Butcher 1935 – 2022 BRUNSWICK – Sally King Butcher died on October 15, 2022. She was born on June 22, 1935 to Louise Baldwin King and Woods King. She received her high school education at Madiera School in Virginia and graduated from Smith College in Massachusetts in 1957. She married Samuel S. Butcher in 1961. After moving to Brunswick in 1964, they raised a son and a daughter , Samuel W. Butcher and Madeline Butcher. . Sally was an active volunteer in many areas of her community, wherever she lives. She has introduced dozens of children and adults to cross-country skiing through the Brunswick Recreation Department. She was also a ski coach at Bowdoin College and, of course, taught her children how to ski. She was an accomplished and enthusiastic photographer whose photographs have been exhibited in exhibitions and in books. She traveled often to learn from her mentors in Santa Fe, NM Sally was an attentive listener to the stories, painstakingly recording many older Maine natives and transcribing their words for posterity. She published “Creative Survival”, a compilation of stories told by Azel Adams, who as a young boy worked and lived in a lumber camp in northern Maine. While the couple lived in Montana for several years, she recorded interviews with Walter Baird, a Montana miner whom she met while training bird dogs in Butte, Mont. Sally was a licensed wildlife rehabilitator and spent years helping injured or sick wildlife, primarily birds of prey. She published “Friend Owl”, a book containing her photographs as well as sketches by her friend Pirkko. The book describes the rehabilitation and eventual release of a young great horned owl. She trained dogs her entire adult life and particularly excelled in bird dog trials, agility and therapy work. For years, Sally has visited schools, libraries, and veterans at the VA Hospital in Augusta. She observed that her “reading dogs” were very good at listening, without laughing or correcting young readers. His love of fishing, hunting, canoeing, sailing, camping, horseback riding and berry picking has been passed down lovingly to his children and six grandchildren. She was a lifelong learner, particularly curious and engaged with her natural environment. She taught her children to sail and the family made many night trips by sailboat or canoe, along the coast of Maine as well as on the great rivers of Maine. She is survived by her husband, Sam; their daughter, Maddy, and their son, Sam, and his wife, Karen Clark Butcher; as well as grandchildren Georgia, Max, Charlotte, Aidan, Beau, Cormick; and a great-granddaughter, Aila. She was predeceased by her parents; and his two brothers, Woods King Jr. and Arthur Baldwin King. A memorial celebration of life will be held Thursday, October 27 at 4 p.m. at Brackett’s Funeral Home, 29 Federal Street in Brunswick. To leave a note or share a memory, please visit In lieu of flowers, please consider contributing to People Plus or Midcoast Hunger Prevention, both based in Brunswick.

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