Wife of Rep. Deb Butler dies unexpectedly

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Deb Butler and Anni Parra in a 2014 photo (Photo: Facebook/Deb Butler)

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Rep. Deb Butler (D-New Hanover) is mourning the death of her wife over the weekend.

According to an obituary, Anni Parra, 52, died suddenly Friday of an unexpected illness.

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“The outpouring of love and support… has been overwhelming,” Butler posted on her political Facebook page Saturday evening. “I am incredibly grateful to you all. I also appreciate the privacy you’ve shown me as I make arrangements for my beloved Anni.”

Ms. Parra served as the grant administrator at Talbert and Bright Engineering. She and Butler married in late 2015. Butler, a Wilmington attorney, has represented the 18th District, which stretches from Wilmington across northern Brunswick County, since 2017.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Wilmington Funeral & Cremation.