Mary Jo Burton

BURTON, Mary Jo, 81, of Bonita Springs, died Wednesday, January 30, 2013, after a brief illness. She was born June 3, 1931 in Enterprise, WV, a daughter of the late Rufus and Pauline (nee Pigott) Davis.

Mary Jo had been a resident of Bonita Springs for the past 32 years coming from Weirton, WV.

She graduated from Shinnston High School in 1949 as class Valedictorian and then received her bachelor’s degree from West Liberty State College. Mary Jo then continued her education at West Virginia University where she received her Master’s degree in Education.

She began her teaching career at the elementary level and then moved to Weir Jr. High in Weirton, WV where she taught for 15 years. After moving to Florida, she worked for the Collier County School System as a Guidance Counselor at Pinecrest Elementary in Immokalee retiring in 1992.

She is survived by her loving husband, Chester Paul Burton of Bonita Springs; two sons, Doug A. Burton of Bonita Springs and David P. (Terri) Burton of Goodman, MO; two brothers, Rufus Davis, Jr. and John Davis; one sister, Barbara Belich; four grandchildren, Candy Johnson, Angie Calhoun, Erika Burton and Bridget Burton and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and three sisters, Jeanne, Marjorie and Ireta.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 from 10-11:30 a.m. at Shikany’s Bonita Funeral Home 28300 Tamiami Tr. So. Order of Eastern Star services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. at Sarasota National Cemetery, Sarasota, FL.

Arrangements are being handled by Shikany’s Bonita Funeral Home (239) 992-4982.