Peggy Rose Pharaoh-Butler of the Royal Family of the Montaukett Tribe passed away on Friday, March 15, 2012 with family at her side.
Born June 20, 1934, Pharaoh-Butler was the daughter of the late Samuel D. and Mary E. Pharaoh. A proud Montaukett Indian and graduate of Pierson High School in 1951, she won a business award upon graduation.
After high school she attended Brown’s Business School in Jamaica Queens, NY. She later moved to Washington D.C. A patriotic American, her first job was at the Pentagon where she served as an Executive Secretary in the Office of Emergency Preparedness, now known as FEMA. She retired after a career spanning 35 years. Married in 1955 to James Earl Butler, she had three children.
According to her family, Pharaoh-Butler had a great sense of humor and a caring and protective spirit for all those she loved. She loved sharing stories about her Native American culture. She also enjoyed fishing, watching game shows and visiting area casinos.
The great-granddaughter of the last rulers of the Montauks, King David and Queen Maria Pharaoh, the grand-niece of Stephen Talkhouse Pharaoh and the grand-niece of Princess Pocahontas Pharaoh, Pharaoh-Butler was proud to have a large photograph of herself and her sisters Olive and Carolyn hanging inside the Montauk Lighthouse Museum.
Pharaoh-Butler was predeceased by her sons James and Jeffrey. She is survived by her daughter Jeanette, granddaughter Raina (Lance), twin grandsons Donald and Donnell, great grandchildren Yran, Donnell and Tyonna, one sister Carolyn and many other relatives and friends.
The funeral for Pharaoh-Butler was held at the Horton Funeral Home, Washington D.C. The burial was March 22 at Oakland Cemetery in Sag Harbor.