A lifetime resident of the area, Gladys Burton passed away peacefully at the Ottawa Civic Hospital on Sunday September 21, 2014, at the age of 73.
Born in Cornwall, on January 4, 1941, to her parents, George and Roselba Moss (nee Mondoux) Gladys was placed in foster care at the age of three.
She was lovingly raised by Ken and Ada Gallinger of Gallingertown. Gladys attended Gallingertown Public School and later Aultsville High School.
Upon graduation, she trained at Cornwall General Hospital. Her career as an R.N. led her to work in various hospitals and nursing homes.
On June 16, 1962, Gladys fulfilled her yearbook ambition to become wife of Carl Burton. Their married life took them to Kingston for a time, but their love of farming brought them back to their roots.
This also afforded Gladys the opportunity to realize a childhood dream of being a teacher. It was her incredible proficiency as a student that led St. Lawrence College administration to offer her a faculty position.
Her attention to detail also prompted her to conduct extensive research on her genealogy and collect a vast amount of information on the various branches of her family tree.
Gladys was a spiritual person who believed it was greater to give than to receive; she devoted much of her time and accounting skills to various church and non-profit organizations.
Gladys’ tremendous faith served her well in times of difficulty. She was diagnosed with Lupus at an early age and was presented with numerous health challenges yet she never complained.
She was proud to be a part of the congregation of the Williamsburg Christian Reformed Church where she made very cherished friendships.
Gladys and Carl’s home was always a welcoming place to friends and family alike; many a story and chuckle were shared in their living room. She enjoyed countless family holidays and trips and time spent with those she loved.
Gladys is survived by her husband Carl Burton and her her siblings Keatha Brayton of Addison, Sheila Morrow (Bruce) of Arnprior, Lorraine Moss-Beaudry of Montreal and Francis Gallinger of British Columbia
She will be fondly remembered by her sister-in-law Glenda Lafortune (Richard) of R.R.# 1 Morrisburg and her brother-in-law Kent Burton of Lancaster. She is also survived by four nieces, two nephews and several great-nieces and great-nephews.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg, on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service was held at the Williamsburg Christian Reformed Church on Thursday, September 25th at 11 a.m., with Rev. John Noordhof officiating.
Interment followed at New Union Cemetery, Williamsburg. Pallbearers were Tabitha Marshall, Jessica Lafortune, Cassidy Lafortune, John Burton, James Burton and Melanie Burton. Honorary pallbearers were Peter Van Veen, Theo ter Horst and Clarence Haayema.
Donations to the Ottawa Hospital Foundation or Williamsburg Christian Reformed Church would be gratefully acknowledged by the family. Online condolences may be made at marsdenmclaughlin.com.