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Louise G. Burton

July 18, 1921January 4, 2021

Louise Goodrich Burton, 99 yrs old, passed gently and calmly from this life on Monday, January 4, at Senior Care of Hewitt. Weezie, as she was known by, was born in Marlin and lived most of her life there. In 2016 she moved to Stilwell Retirement Residence in Waco, and later to Ridgecrest Assisted Living. A gregarious, happy and positive person by nature, Weezie Burton never met a stranger, enjoyed the company of others, and loved laughter. Weezie was born in Marlin on July 18, 1921, the sixth child of Nick and Louise Goodrich. She graduated from Marlin High School and went on to study at John Tarleton College in Stephenville. After graduation from Tarleton, she worked in Beaumont at the then Magnolia Petroleum Refinery where she met her future husband, Edwin (“Pete”) Burton. They were married in Marlin in 1945, returning to live in Beaumont until his death in 1949. She returned to Marlin with her son, David, to live with her parents and began work as a secretary and later a teacher of 3rd grade at Marlin Elementary School. In the early 1950s, she took evening classes at Baylor where she received the M.Ed. She continued to teach 3rd grade until her retirement. Shortly after retiring from public school teaching, she became Head of School and teacher at St. John’s Episcopal School (Marlin), where she continued teaching until the school closed in the late 1980s. Even after retiring completely, she volunteered with Faith, Hope & Charity, an after-school program in Marlin where she helped young learners with reading and math skills. Weezie grew up in the shadows of folks who enjoyed the pleasures of good food shared with family and friends. While working, she had little time to spend in the kitchen. In the 1970s, however, she and four cousins set out to write a cookbook that would feature not only recipes of family and friends, but also an historical record for later generations. They spent years compiling, testing and tasting that resulted in “Bounty on the Brazos: Four Generations of Texas Cooking”. Countless cooks, and non-cooks alike, treasure their copy of “Bounty” because it combines not only sometimes quirky recipes of other eras, but also vivid, humorous memories of the cooks who prepared them. Weezie was a life-long member of St John’s Episcopal Church where she taught Sunday School, served as a Vestry member, as Senior Warden, Lay Reader, Eucharistic Minister, and member of the choir, Altar Guild, Episcopal Church Women and Daughters of the King. She was a member of Wednesday Matinee Musical Club, Tuesday-night Bridge Club, The Literary Club, and a founding member of the Not-So-Great Book Club. In Waco, she was a member of St Alban’s Episcopal Church. When she turned 80, Weezie felt called to ministry in the Episcopal Church and took a three-year course in Spiritual Direction sponsored by the Diocese of Texas. She diligently read, studied and attended monthly lectures in Bryan, completing that course as a certified Spiritual Director. During the same time, she participated in the Kairos Prison Ministry. Her team met twice a year in Marlin, at St John’s, to go into the Hobby Unit (Marlin). She always said that meeting and interacting with the women inmates was a highlight of her Kairos ministry. Special thanks go to Senior Care of Hewitt and Interim Healthcare Hospice of Waco for their excellent care and compassion. Final arrangements are made by Adams Funeral Home in Marlin and Connally-Compton Funeral Home in Waco. Weezie Burton is survived by her son, Professor (ret) David Burton of Athens, Ohio; caretakers Polly and Rob Brown of Riesel; caretaker, friend and companion, Fern Lee of Waco; numerous nieces, nephews and their families; and countless friends. She was preceded in death by her parents Nick W. and Louise (Finks) Goodrich, husband Edwin Burton, and eight siblings. A memorial service/Celebration of Life will be held at St. John's Episcopal Church in Marlin, Texas on Sunday, July 18, 2021 at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, consider a donation to the charity of your choice.

Services

  • Memorial Service at St. John's Episcopal Church, 514 Easy Street, Marlin, Texas

    Sunday, July 18, 2021

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Antonette Dieterich Carew

July 18, 2021

Mrs. Burton was my 3rd grade teacher and later a dear religious and social friend. She taught my boys at St. John's Episcopal Day School and was a wonderful guiding light to all the students and faculty there. We enjoyed your gorgeous parties, delicious recipes and fun-filled times together. Thank you for your jolly laugh and positive attitude in every issue of life. We will miss you! God has surely blessed you! Happy heavenly 100th birthday, Mrs. Burton!

Natalie Norris DeFrees

July 18, 2021

Mrs. Burton was my third grade teacher and I adored her. I'll always remember her reading our class "The Boxcar Children" books, a chapter a day. I bought those books for my daughter. She was simply the best. I am so grateful she touched my life.
My condolences and prayers for the family. She is greatly missed but what a life she had! Godspeed Weezie.

Stanley Brooks

July 17, 2021

I remember Mrs Burton’s was a sweet lady may you Rest In Peace .

Rita Patteson

July 17, 2021

Mrs. Burton was my third grade teacher. It was always a pleasure to see her around Marlin because she always remembered me (Rita Fay Skrabanek), even after years and years (I think that was true for all her students). She was a very special lady. My condolences to David and to all who knew her.

Bob Keeling

March 23, 2021

David, please accept my belated condolences on your Mama's passing. Just by luck, I ran into her obituary on the internet today and it brought back so many memories. Weezie's sister, Abby, married into my family, so I would run into her or hear news about her quite often. I was invited to join the two of you for one of the last Christmas's in the old Goodrich home in Marlin, mostly with members of my family and we had a wonderful time. We all attended Christmas Eve services at St. John's church, too. She could make anyone feel like part of her family. I pray for you.

bill torrey

January 19, 2021

A lovely woman who brightened every occasion.

Bill Torrey
Milam County DA

Stephen Goodrich

January 17, 2021

God's Grace to the last child of Liza and Mr. Nick. She was a legendary Aunt to dozens of cousins who loved her most dearly. Weezie was an original who lived a best life ever. Enjoy the next cocktail hour with your brothers and sisters!

Jan Anders

January 6, 2021

I had Mrs. Burton for my 3rd grade teacher and always thought she was such a caring person. And still remember her being such an attractive and classy looking lady. Rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers to her loved ones.

Glenda( Rose) (Walker) Carrizales

January 6, 2021

Oh. Sweet Ms Burton was so sweet and thoughtful and f6r me I never saw her mad or in a bad mood and I truly believe. would give her last penny to help anyone. now she is with Our Lord. RIP

Emily Vanegas-Ramirez

January 5, 2021

Mrs Burton was a wonderful and caring teacher. I loved being in her class! Prayers for her family and friends!

FROM THE FAMILY