Arlee R. Barton

June 9, 1921August 27, 2020
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Arlee Rylander Barton, 99, of Burnet passed away August 27, 2020. She was born June 9, 1921 in Buda to Lon and Drue Rylander.

Arlee attended Buda schools and graduated as Salutatorian of her class in 1939. In September she entered the University of Texas and received her B.S. degree in Home Economics in June 1943 during WWII. She was elected to teach Home Economics at Burnet High School. Total years was 31 in Burnet, 1 in Bertram, and 1 in Briggs. She retired in 1982 to take care of her husband Wayne.

Arlee was Outstanding Teacher ’68-’69 and the Bulldog annual was dedicated to her. In 1983, she started with the All School Reunions and was “roasted” in 2010. Arlee produced a video of Burnet schools from 1944 – 1985. A copy of the video is in the Burnet County Library.

On November 9, 1947, Arlee and Wayne A Barton were married after he was in the service for 4 years. They later moved to their place at Shady Grove. Their daughter Patricia was born June 1949.

The 50‘s drought came and they both had to hunt for jobs, Wayne was appointed Burnet County Clerk and Arlee taught in Briggs.

Arlee was a member of the Pen Chat Club Sorority, Delta Kappa Gamma and TRS. In 2011 she was honored to be Burnet Citizen of the Year.

Arlee joined the Burnet Methodist Church in July 1943 and has been active singing in the choir, teaching Sunday school, and helping with MYF was historian and published the first History Book of the Burnet Church. She was selected Woman of the Year in 2002. She was a member of the Board of Trustees and other things. In the early 50’s she was president of the American Legion Auxiliary and put together a cookbook.

After retirement she volunteered to help work on the Burnet Planning and Zoning Committee, EMS Board, worked over 15 years for the Library Thrift Shop and City Water Board. This past February Arlee was presented to the Burnet CISD Hall of Honor as the 2020 Distinguished Former Burnet CISD employee.

Arlee is survived by her daughter Pat Thurman (Keith) of Burnet, granddaughters Carla Rhymes (Jesse), Sandy Dewbre (Brandon) and Cindy Wallace (Kory). Great grandchildren are Brett, Chelsey, Kyle, Ty, Cutter, Brooke and Conner. Arlee also has 8 great-great grandchildren. She loved her family, her students, church and everyone she met.

A visitation for family and friends will be held Sunday evening August 30 from 6-8 at Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home in Burnet. Her funeral service will be conducted Monday morning August 31 at 10 in the chapel of Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home with Reverend Jason Teague officiating. Those named as pallbearers are Brandon Dewbre, Kyle Brizendine, Ty Chambers, Cutter Dewbre, Conner Keele, Brett Springer, Kory Wallace, and Jack Jordan. Those named as honorary pallbearers are Kent Rylander, Tony Rylander, Charles Rylander, Larry Barton, Jack Cauthen, and Barto Arnold.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions should be made to your favorite charity or organization.

Fond memories and condolences may be offered to


  • Funeral Service Clements-Wilcox Chapel

    Monday, August 31, 2020

  • Visitation Clements-Wilcox Chapel

    Sunday, August 30, 2020


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Donna & Ronnie Helms

September 5, 2020

Our thoughts and prayers are with Arlee Barton's family, and we pray that her soul will rest in peace. She was a special woman and will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Diane Austin

September 2, 2020

I remember a sweet kind lady. Dr. Peggy took me to meet her as one of best friends. I can see in my minds' eye all the license plates she had on the wall in her converted garage wall. Among them was " Daisy ". Dr. Pegs' first motor home she had the Shepherd Hospitals' nurses' name it. The last time l saw Arliee was at HEB. She had glasses on with one lens covered because her eye wasn't doing good. I bet when Arliee entered the Pearly Gates Wayne was with Dr. Peg and she said ahhhhh l lived longer than you. God bless them. I will be there as soon as Dr. Madrigal let's me come.

Caroline Duncan Bradshaw

September 2, 2020

Dear Pat, I just read in the Bulletin about the loss of your mom. I can't imagine Burnet without Mrs. Barton around. She tried her best in the '60s to teach me to sew... She was such a good, patient and fair teacher - and later a friend. I cared about her very much. I am sending my deepest sympathies and my thoughts to you, Pat, and your family.
Love, Caroline Duncan Bradshaw

amanda robson

August 31, 2020

You were the best of everything you did and said for everyone. It was pure joy to know you.

Mandy Cox

Davis Keele

August 31, 2020

I admired Granny B for her strength of character and her faith. I will continue to be inspired by the the life she lead and the actions she took. All of her accomplishments and fortitude that she instilled in her family is a testament to her life. She will live in my memories.

Jeanie (Newton) Cemper

August 30, 2020

Mrs. Barton was such a wonderful person, always happy, funny and a great teacher, my favorite. She will be missed by all who knew her.
My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Lela Goar

August 30, 2020

I remember after my freshman year of high school saying that I would never take another home economics class as long as I lived, even though I planned on majoring in home economics in college. Arlee came out to our house during the summer of 1955 after she was hired in Burnet, to talk to my parents and me and ask if I would consider trying one more year. I agreed and wound up taking every class she offered as well as one semester my senior year (for no credit) just so I could continue to be around her. In my professional life, everywhere I went, especially each time I went to a new state or city, I always sent her a card to tell her where I was and what I was doing. She has had such an influence in my life, personally and professionally and I wanted to let her know how much I appreciated what she taught me. She was never afraid to give you advice when she thought you needed it, but she was always there to give you a hug and pat on the back when you deserved it. Such a treasure and such a loss for Burnet County.
My biggest regret was not being able to visit her these last few months because of the pandemic. I always enjoyed seeing her smiling face and listening to her stories. She had such an impact on so many people in Burnet County and I venture to say any group meeting that takes place, you could ask for those who had her for a teacher to please stand, and there would be a great number. We did indeed recognize her through the Burnet County Historical Commission as one of our first group of Women of Note in Burnet County.

God bless Arlee Barton. I have no doubt of where you are today. May you enjoy everything that Heaven has to offer.

Olga Gonzales

August 30, 2020

She was one of my favorite teacher. Also I waited on her at grocery where I worked. This lady was always had a smile. I will miss her.

Rebecca Garza

August 30, 2020

Pat and Keith,
I'm was so sorry to hear of your loss. Pat, your mom was such a wonderful lady! Always so bubbly and fun to be around! She was always one of my favorite reachers back when I was in school. She leaves behind a wonderful legacy and will be missed by many. I will lift you guys up in prayer as you go thru this difficult time.

Doris Barton Aldridge

August 29, 2020

To the family of Mrs. Barton,
I'm sorry to read of the loss of Mrs. Arlee Barton. My condolences and prayers to her family.
She was my teacher when I attended Burnet High School back in the days.
Remember her so well because her last name was Barton the same as mine.
May God be with the family.
Doris Barton Aldridge


Burnet Honor Citizen 2011


With Ava her great great granddaughter


Honor Citizen


Always mowing her yard even in her 90s


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