Beverly Mae Butterfield Cree of Johnson City died peacefully, surrounded by family, June 5, 2021. Born Oct. 8, 1924 in Johnson City, she moved as an infant with her parents to Marathon and lived most of her life there. Throughout marriage Beverly and her husband Fred took great pleasure in bicycling the countryside together. While raising her children she enjoyed a myriad of jobs within the community including the Marathon Independent newspaper office, MCS cafeteria sub and teacher aide, local liquor store cashier, model for Grumman Boats print ads, and ticket sales at Greek Peak during its early years.
A 1941 graduate of Union-Endicott High School, Beverly returned to college 26 years later, graduating from SUNY Cortland with a BS (1970) and a MS (1974) in Elementary Education. She taught for 20 years in the Whitney Point School District.
A devoted volunteer, Beverly relished her turns as a WSKG Tel Auc volunteer. A member of Marathon Methodist Church, she held office and leadership positions in: Girl Scouts of America, MCS PTA, American Legion Auxiliary, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Rebekah Lodge.
Predeceased by her parents Clyde Butterfield and Carrie (nee Allen) Schwencke, Fred her husband of 73 years, sister June Atherton, son Timothy Cree and granddaughter Hannah Sollecito.
Surviving are children Patti (Richard) Stephens, Sharon Valentine Cree, Megan (James) Sollecito, Jon (Myra) Cree; grandchildren Christopher (Lisa) Cree, Katherine Cree, Mason Cree, Gregory Stephens, Elizabeth (Hanif) Abdur-Raheem, Daniel McCrillis, Rachel Sollecito; great granddaughters Zenobia and Amira Abdur-Raheem; and her brother Elwood Butterfield.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to American Legion Auxiliary Osco Robinson Post 617, 1034 US-11, Marathon, NY 13803. Memorial services will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are in the care of James Shara, Sunset Memorial Services, Whitney Point NY.
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