On Tuesday, December 15, 2020, Estelle Virginia Washington, affectionately known as “Muffie”, devout sister, mother and friend quietly transitioned to eternal life at Doctors Community Hospital in Lanham, Maryland. Estelle was a native of Charles County, Maryland moved to Washington DC in the early 70s from Newburg, Maryland. Estelle was born on June 28,1950, Newburg, MD, to the late John Roger Butler Sr. and Dorothy Lorraine Ford. Estelle was educated in the Charles County Public Schools and Bennett Vocational School. Estelle began her career at the Smithsonian Facilities team in April 1973. She spent nearly 48-years within the Air and Space Museum on the National Mall. Her impact was felt throughout her tenure and in earliest days of the new building under Director and former astronaut Michael Collins. Throughout Estelle’s employment, she received many awards and promotions and in her final years. Estelle held the position of Supervisor of the Office of Facilities Management Division. Estelle was beloved by museum staffers and the vendors who produced special events under her supervision. Estelle was a part of countless celebrations and programs including Museum commemorations, popular lectures, exhibits openings and the recent Apollo 11 40th anniversary. Estelle was passionate and always determined about getting the job done. Estelle loved her family. She was the glue that kept the family encouraged. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends. In Estelle’s personal time, she enjoyed decorating for all holidays, cooking, shopping, traveling to casinos, and playing cards. Most notable, Estelle loved spending time with her grandchildren who would keep her up to date on the latest trends. Estelle’s strength was powerful. Estelle was preceded in death by her loving parents, John Roger Butler Sr. and Dorothy Lorraine Ford. In addition to her parents, Estelle was preceded in death by her brother, Charles Pernell Butler. Estelle leaves to cherish her loving memories and to celebrate her legacy: Five (5) children; Lynetta Short, Troy Washington, Corey Washington, Contina Brown and Sydia Ings. Thirteen (13) grandchildren; Keyana McWillis, Teyana Green (Anthony), De’Nico Washington, Timothy Short, Qwendera Washington, Troy Beasley, Kiara Short, Jazmin Washington, Akil Ings, Alexis Washington, Kiya Washington, Travon Short, and Aidan Ings-Jones. Seventeen (17) siblings; Doris Flowers, (Newgene), John R. “Bunny” Butler Jr, Mary Briggs (Dilbert), Casandra Butler, Gloria Butler, Gregory Butler, Angelo Butler (Kim), Lolita Salley, Gloria Butler, Claudia Thompson, Linda Butler, John R. “Mann” Butler, James Chase, Roger “Dink” Butler, William Brown, Bernard Butler, Notosha Duckett. Two (2) aunts: Marie Jupiter and Josephine Waugh. Four (4) Godchildren: LaTrenda “Fon” Thompson, Vaugh “Rocky” Holton, Chatez Ings, Lauren Ervin, and six (6) great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, and close family and friends. Estelle was very devoted to her entire family. She was such a dear friend to so many people and enjoyed helping people. Ma, we will miss you so much, but we will try to carry on the legacy you left us. We all know that you are resting in Heaven and that God and his angels are watching over us. Visitation will be from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm; service from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm on Monday, December 28, 2020 at Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home, 2294 Old Washington Rd., Waldorf, MD. Interment to follow at Trinity Memorial Gardens (gate time 2:30 pm), 3221 Mattawoman Beantown Rd, Waldorf, MD 20601. Funeral Services will be streamed from this link: https://youtu.be/GUra11_UOUg
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RIP Muffie. My condolences to the family may God be with u in your time of sorry. She will be missed but not forgotten
My dear friend, I feel like you abandoned me. What do I say? Who do I talk to about personal private things? You didn’t let me know that you were tired. We talked about things that no one else will ever know. Muffie, remember when I wrote this
“Birthdays come and birthdays
When we go, where they go we do not know.
Birthdays are a stepping stone to places that are yet unknown”
We talked about living and celebrating everyone of our birthdays
I don’t want to celebrate your home going, I will continue to celebrate our living.
She was my Supervisor. I am going to miss her smart mouth, her smile and since of humor. Her white smock coat that she wore faithfully. I send my prayers to all