S.R. No. 530
    1-1                           SENATE RESOLUTION
    1-2        WHEREAS, The Senate of the State of Texas is proud to pay
    1-3  tribute to the life of Mary Elizabeth Holdsworth Butt, a leading
    1-4  South Texas philanthropist, who died October 6, 1993; and
    1-5        WHEREAS, Mary Elizabeth Holdsworth was a native Texan
    1-6  and a graduate of The University of Texas; she taught English
    1-7  briefly in the Kerrville School District and then married
    1-8  Howard Edward Butt, Sr., an ingenious businessman and the founder
    1-9  of H. E. Butt Grocery Company; and
   1-10        WHEREAS, A distinguished lady who became famous across the
   1-11  state, Mrs. Butt was a dedicated homemaker who considered her
   1-12  primary lifework to be that of wife, mother, and grandmother;
   1-13  Mr. and Mrs. Butt had three children, Howard Edward Butt, Jr.,
   1-14  Eleanor Butt Crook, and Charles C. Butt, six grandchildren, and
   1-15  10 great-grandchildren; and
   1-16        WHEREAS, Mrs. Butt was a remarkable individual who generously
   1-17  gave of her time, energy, and funds to a wide array of humanitarian
   1-18  causes; she is best known for her more than 30 years of service
   1-19  in the field of mental health and mental retardation and for her
   1-20  extensive participation in projects that were sponsored by the
   1-21  H. E. Butt Foundation; and
   1-22        WHEREAS, A highly respected civic leader, Mrs. Butt was
   1-23  chairman of the first Child Welfare Board in Cameron County, first
    2-1  chairman of the Citizens Advisory Committee to the Nueces County
    2-2  Juvenile Probation Department, and chairman of the Board of Trustees
    2-3  of the Corpus Christi Young Women's Christian Association; and
    2-4        WHEREAS, She served for six years as chairman of District VI
    2-5  of the American Cancer Society and organized the leaders of women's
    2-6  clubs in the 15 counties involved; the first meeting for this work
    2-7  was held in Mrs. Butt's home, which was the site of many meetings
    2-8  for a number of organizations; and
    2-9        WHEREAS, Her outstanding work in the field of mental health
   2-10  and mental retardation began in 1955 when she was appointed by
   2-11  Governor Allan Shivers to the governing board of Texas State
   2-12  Hospitals and Special Schools, supplanted in 1965 by the Texas
   2-13  Board of Mental Health and Mental Retardation; she was the only
   2-14  woman member of the board for 18 years; in 1981, Mrs. Butt was
   2-15  designated as Member Emeritus of the Texas Board of Mental Health
   2-16  and Mental Retardation; and
   2-17        WHEREAS, Mrs. Butt supported the community center movement
   2-18  for the mentally ill and retarded and focused much of her attention
   2-19  on improving the care of emotionally disturbed children; her work
   2-20  expanded with the opening of a camping program for the mentally ill
   2-21  at the Butt Foundation Camp; and
   2-22        WHEREAS, For her exceptional dedication and hard work,
   2-23  Mrs. Butt was awarded the 1981 Joseph McBride Sloan Award which is
   2-24  given annually to the individual who contributes the most to the
   2-25  welfare of children in South Texas; she was also given the first
    3-1  Yellow Rose Award by the Parent Association for the Retarded of
    3-2  Texas; and
    3-3        WHEREAS, In 1990, a newly established Texas Department of
    3-4  Mental Health and Mental Retardation award was named in Mrs. Butt's
    3-5  honor, and in 1993, Mrs. Butt was chosen to receive the National
    3-6  Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges' Awards Committee's
    3-7  highest award for Meritorious Service to the Children of America;
    3-8  and
    3-9        WHEREAS, In 1934, Howard Butt established the H. E. Butt
   3-10  Foundation, one of the oldest foundations in Texas, and designated
   3-11  his wife as president; a major project of the foundation has been
   3-12  the development of library services; and
   3-13        WHEREAS, Both Mr. and Mrs. Butt were awarded the Texas
   3-14  Library Association Philanthropic Award of the Year in 1968 in
   3-15  recognition of their service to libraries; the award noted the
   3-16  contribution to the architectural beauty of Texas libraries with
   3-17  the establishment of the Butt-Holdsworth Memorial Library in
   3-18  Kerrville; and
   3-19        WHEREAS, Following in the tradition of Mrs. Butt, H. E. Butt
   3-20  Grocery Company made a major contribution to the new central
   3-21  library in Corpus Christi in 1985; now, Mrs. Butt's daughter,
   3-22  Mrs. William H. Crook, is hosting a reception on Sunday,
   3-23  March 26, 1995, in support of the Corpus Christi Public Library
   3-24  Foundation with a special tribute to Mrs. Butt presented by her
   3-25  granddaughter and Texas author Elizabeth Crook; and
    4-1        WHEREAS, Mary Elizabeth Holdsworth Butt was a woman of many
    4-2  talents who was devoted to helping those in need; today, while she
    4-3  is greatly missed, it is evident her strong and generous spirit
    4-4  continues to live on through the work of her wonderful family and
    4-5  through the many accomplishments she left behind; now, therefore,
    4-6  be it
    4-7        RESOLVED, That the Senate of the State of Texas,
    4-8  74th Legislature, hereby honor the life and memory of
    4-9  Mary Elizabeth Holdsworth Butt and express appreciation for her
   4-10  many gifts to the citizens of our state; and, be it further
   4-11        RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution be prepared for
   4-12  her children, Howard Edward Butt, Jr., Eleanor Butt Crook, and
   4-13  Charles C. Butt, in admiration of their mother's achievements.
   4-14                                                 Truan
   4-15        Armbrister           Henderson           Ratliff
   4-16        Barrientos           Leedom              Rosson
   4-17        Bivins               Lucio               Shapiro
   4-18        Brown                Luna                Sibley
   4-19        Cain                 Madla               Sims
   4-20        Ellis                Moncrief            Turner
   4-21        Gallegos             Montford            Wentworth
   4-22        Galloway             Nelson              West
   4-23        Harris               Nixon               Whitmire
   4-24        Haywood              Patterson           Zaffirini
   4-25                   Bullock, President of the Senate
    5-1                               ______________________________________
    5-2                                      President of the Senate
    5-3                                    I hereby certify that the above
    5-4                               Resolution was adopted by the Senate
    5-5                               on March 23, 1995.
    5-6                               ______________________________________
    5-7                                      Secretary of the Senate
    5-8                               ______________________________________
    5-9                                         Dean of the Senate