The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

December 22, 2013

Patricia Butler known as ‘Vanilla Bean Queen of the United States"


Sunday, December 22, 2013 — Patricia Hutchinson Butler, 57, of Greensboro died peacefully at her home on Monday, December 16, 2013, surrounded by her family.

She was predeceased by maternal grandmother, Isabel Foreman Hall; and paternal grandparents, Franklin “Nink” and Mabel Hilliard Hutchinson. She is survived by parents, Andrew Jackson (A.J.) and Mary Foreman Hutchinson; husband, Julian Burgess Butler, daughters Caroline Julianna Butler and Krystle Lee Butler; sister Andrea Hutchinson Turner; brother, Andrew J. Hutchinson, Jr. (Andy); nephew Alexander Turner, and niece Hayley Turner.

Pat was a beautiful person in every sense of the word.  She loved her family dearly, and would do anything to help anyone. She loved plants and flowers, and was a 1979 graduate of N.C. State University with a degree in Horticulture and Floriculture. She worked with USDA at N.C. State in the Sweet Potato program; with Wake County Health Department, as a Registered Environmental Health Inspector; and 31 years with Mother Murphy’s Laboratories where she began as a Senior Flavor Chemist and advanced to Vice President of Research and Development.  She was a Certified member of the Society of Flavor Chemists; Institute of Food Technologists; Flavor and Extracts Manufacturers Association; National Association of Flavors and Food Ingredient Systems. She is known as the “Vanilla Bean Queen of the United States.”

Pat loved the beach and was a member of the Coastal Conservation Association. Pat loved entering her pickles and chow chow in the N.C. State Fair where she won many awards including “Best of Show” for her chow chow. She loved traveling.  Her two favorite places were Walt Disney World and the islands of St. Thomas and St. John.

She was a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, Staley, NC.

A funeral service was held on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 1 p.m. at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, Staley NC officiated by the Reverends Wayne Dunn and Todd Moore. The family received friends on Wednesday from 6-9 p.m. at the Loflin Funeral Home, Liberty NC.

Pat’s family would like to thank all family and friends for their love and support during her illness.  Memorial contributions may be made to The (Jimmy) V Foundation for Cancer Research, 106 Towerview Court, Cary, NC 27513.

Please share your thoughts and memories with the family at

Loflin Funeral Home is honored to serve The Butler Family.