Jennifer Lee Butler
HINESBURG, VT – Jennifer Lee Butler, 38, who was a student in Aiken from 1986 to 1997 before moving to Burlington, VT died on August 5, 2013 at the Fletcher Allen Trauma Center in Burlington. She is survived by her parents James V. and Merry D. Butler of Lundee Dr., Aiken, SC, her maternal grandparents Ivey O. and Marjorie S. Drewry of Huntsville, AL and many relatives.
Leigh was born on August 1, 1975, In Huntsville, AL. The family moved to Oak Ridge, TN in 1978 and then to Aiken, SC in 1986. She graduated from South Aiken High School in 1993 where she played flute and piccolo in the school band. She graduated from the University of South Carolina in Columbia in 1997 with a degree in Journalistic Photography and Journalism. A few days after graduating Leigh loaded up a U-Haul trailer to move to Vermont. A Summer internship at The Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen, NY lead to her desire to live further North. In Burlington she rented a tiny apartment near Church St. She worked in a pizza place, then as an assistant to a free lance photographer, then as a photographer for school portraits, and in recent years with Hitchcock & Boardman Insurance. Photography became a component of her mixed media art work. Her work in silversmithing and metalwork, glass, fiber spinning, felting and knitting combined to produce a variety of artistic pieces.
She married Erik Findholt on July 17, 2004 and took the name Lee Butler Findholt. Before they divorced, early in 2013, they lived on a five acre farm on Gilman Road in Hinesville, VT. She began working with llamas on another farm in 2005 and by the middle of 2006 she acquired her own llamas. She had an Internet store called Wicked Good Farm where she sold jewelry, hand made clothing, and yarn made from the fleece of her angora goats, llamas, and alpacas. She keep chickens, named Chicken Little, Dixie Chicken, etc. for egg production. One “chicken” turned out to be an aggressive rooster named “Hazel”.
Leigh always maintained her love of art and photography. Her art work was shown in several nearby galleries. Most recently she served as Assistant to the Executive Director of the Art House in Craftsbury Common, VT. Her many friends in Vermont will be holding a celebration of her life in September. Date and place are TBD. Her friends have ensured that all of her animals have been adopted and that her beloved Maine Coon cat, Mr. Pants, will be delivered to her uncle Ed Butler in Aiken.
Leigh’s remains will be interred in the Drewry family plot in Maple Hill Cemetery, Huntsville, Alabama. She will be sorely missed by many friends and family members.