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Fern Burton

1928 — November 24, 2020

FERN (SHUCK) BURTON Fern (Shuck) Burton, age 92, of Centralia, MO, passed away on November 24, 2020 at her current residence in Broken Arrow, OK. She was born on May 18, 1928, the daughter of the late Lee and Sarah (Ward) Shuck. Fern was preceded in death by her loving and devoted husband, Howard Burton, the former City Administrator of Centralia, MO, who passed away in 1980. She never re-married after his death. She had three children and was preceded in death by her daughter, Wanda, in 2017 and her youngest son, Tommy, in 1999. Fern is survived by her son, Roy, of Center, MO and a brother Francis Wayne Shuck From Thompson, MO; seven grandchildren, Jeff Rivers and his husband of twenty-six years, Chad Burleson, of Rowlett, TX, Tanner Burton and his wife, Sarah, of Hallsville, MO, Brittney Burton Doman and her husband, Seth, of Salisbury, MO and four other grandchildren; David, Kim, Jerrad and Brian. She has eleven great grandchildren as well. She also was preceded in death by her wonderful sister, Faye and her brothers, Bob, Eddie, Donny, Carly, Richard and Lee Jr. Fern was a very strong, fun-loving, open minded person who loved to spend time with her grandchildren. She always loved being visited by her kids and grandkids, especially around the holidays as everyone enjoyed going to her and grandpa’s house to celebrate the holidays growing up. Fern loved to play games with her family and friends like Spades, Uno and Farkle. She was a wonderful wife to her husband as she was brought up very traditionally and knew how to take care of the people that she loved, yet had a very open mind beyond her time. Fern was so much fun to be around and her presence made everyone feel at ease around her. The world will not be as good of place without the love of Fern Burton in it as she meant everything to many as she was selfless in so many ways. She was the best grandmother who anyone could ever ask for and she will be greatly missed. Graveside services will be 3:00 pm Thursday, December 10, 2020 at Glendale Memorial Gardens in Centralia, MO. Memorial contributions may be made to the Centralia Avenue of Flags, c/o Oliver Funeral Home, P.O. Box 125, Centralia, MO 65240. Condolences may also be made to the family at To those attending the visitation or funeral service, we ask that you maintain social distancing. Be aware that capacity and seating may be limited and that people are welcome to and encouraged to wear face masks to protect themselves and others. We will follow all guidelines set forth by Boone County.

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