A memorial service for bassist Leanne Butts will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, October 29 at St. Paul's Cemetery, 7600 S Rock Hill Rd. Butts died Wednesday, October 21 at age 49. Her obituary in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch did not list a cause of death.
Leanne Butts performed jazz around the St. Louis area with Lee Hyde, After Six, Terry Thompson, her own trio, and various others. She earned a master's of music degree from Webster University, and studied with Carolyn White and Henry Loew of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra and Eugene Levinson of the New York Philharmonic. Butts played classical music with the St. Louis Philharmonic starting at age 14, and also performed with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Webster University Orchestra, and Washington University Orchestra.
In addition to her career in music, Butts also held a master's degree in nursing from St. Louis University and worked as a registered nurse at St. Anthony's Hospital.
After the memorial service, a luncheon will be held for family and friends at Bethel Community Church, 210 Chestnut Ave. in Webster Groves. The family has requested that any memorial donations go to Bethel Community. Mourners also may share their condolences and memories at