Celebrating the life of a prominent Esperance figure

The family of author and prominent community member Betty Button have paid tribute to the ‘incredible woman’, following her passing last week.

Ms Button’s great niece Laura Bloxham said the world would be a ‘poorer place’ with the loss of the 102-year-old.

An active member of the Esperance Pony Club, Ms Button found great success in the equine industry and continued riding horses up until early 2000.

In 2008, Ms Button wrote a book about her first 93 years of life entitled ‘My red rose my memorial:from my roots to my twilight years’.

Born Betsy Roland Sime on May 18 1915, Ms Button came to Australia as a child from Scotland in 1921.

Having first settled in Red Lake, Ms Button and her family moved to Salmon Gums and stayed in a bush hut for many years where they established themselves within the local farming community.

It was here Ms Button met Alfred George Button, who went on to become her husband in 1941.

The pair continued their lives in the area, establishing several farms and contributing to the farming history of the greater Esperance area.

Mr Button was recognised for his contribution to the farming community after Alf Button Memorial Drive at the Esperance Showgrounds was named in his honour.

Ms Bloxham said she would be greatly missed by the community and by her entire family in Esperance and afield.

She attributed her great aunt’s long life to good genes, a positive outlook and a steely determination.

Ms Bloxham said she was a role model to the whole family, but particularly the women.

“She was a strong-willed, determined, active member of society and she inspired those around her to strive for nothing but the best,” she said.

“Having been a widow for 36 years, Aunty Betty was very much an independent woman who still lived independently in her own home at the age of 102.”