Carol Ann Burton

November 07, 1945 ‒ March 15, 2020

Marion, Ohio

Carol Ann (Fields) Burton, age 74, passed away on Sunday, March 15, 2020 at Ohio Health Hospital in Mansfield.

Carol was born on November 7, 1945 to Royal and Jean (Lawrence) Fields in Marion. She grew up on the family farm in Claridon, Ohio.  In March of 1965, she married the love of her life, Rev. Donald P. Burton, who has since preceded her in death in 2005. Carol attended River Valley High School (class of 1963), and The Ohio State University where she acquired her teaching degree.

Carol taught in various capacities through the years at Lexington Grace Christian, as well as Ridgedale, Mount Gilead, and Mansfield City Schools. After her retirement in 2007, she used her expertise as a reading specialist to develop a program for her own homeschooled grandchildren, Burton Reading.  Always the encourager, she had a passion for teaching children how to read as well as for helping families find the joy in teaching their children.

Carol and Don served side by side in many Christian ministries and churches throughout their life together, including: Campus Crusade for Christ, Fite Memorial Baptist, First Baptist Church of Bucyrus, Diamond Hills Baptist Church, Rome Community Church, and Hope Community Church.  Later in life, Carol was a member of the Clear Fork Alliance Church.

Music and ministry were her heartbeat.  True to her name, singing was always a big part of her life. From being hired to sing at weddings as a teenager to leading in the big cantatas Don orchestrated in the 80’s, Carol played piano, sang, and led music at each of the churches in which she served. As a family in the 70’s and 80’s Carol & Don sang family cantatas touring the central Ohio area churches.  Carol’s heart for children kept her busy in the Children’s Ministry as well.  Through the years, she not only led but often wrote the music as well as the children’s programming.  She loved blending the two at every opportunity.

She will be dearly missed by her children: Patrick (Debra) Burton of Washington D.C., Leigh Ann (Keith) Wayne of Lynchburg, VA, Paul (Suzanne) Burton of Hershey, PA, and Luke (Valerie) Burton of Lexington, OH; siblings: Gwen Kramer, Gary (Marilyn) Fields and Charlotte “Charley” (Jim) Trafzer; 22 grandchildren: Price, Storey, Nathan, Caroline, Andrew, John Mark, Cassidy, Carter, Carah, Aliyah, Sarah, Sam, Noah, Abbie, Caleb, Anna, Micah, Adon, Kenan, Elijah, Julia, and Chloe and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Carol is preceded in death by her parents, Royal and Jean Fields; her husband, Donald Burton, and brother-in-law, Harry Kramer.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Child Evangelism Fellowship of MARCK, 535 Beer Road, Ontario, OH 44906, or the National Kidney Foundation, 2800 Corporate Exchange Drive, Columbus, OH 43231.

Carol’s children and grandchildren will gather for a private graveside goodbye. In accordance with current public health guidelines during these unusual times, a Memorial Service will be held at a later date and announced once the date has been selected.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to be serving Carol’s family; condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting .

  • Carol was a very special lady and played a very pivotal role in our family’s life as she helped us to get started in homeschooling our family. She prayed with us, often shedding tears as she would pray, and shared in our victories. Her true heart always showed through as she reflected the love of Christ. Years later she reentered our family’s life in the next generation as developed her reading program, even featuring our granddaughter in demonstration materials. It was a pleasure to again renew our relationship with her as we worshipped together at Clear Fork Alliance. “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Praying for God’s comfort on you all.

  • March 18, 2020

    Hi to my dear cousins, Patrick, Leigh Ann, Paul, and Luke! What a wonderful reunion it must have been when your parents and Jesus were united March 15!

    I knew your Dad long before I knew your Mom. I remember the first time I met her. Of course, it was at THE LAKE, RYE BEACH. Need I say more??? Your parents, Uncle Bob, my dad (Uncle Bill) and I went swimming together. I remember just how FUNNY YOUR DAD WAS. ALWAYS SO FUNNY. He was carrying your mom around the water like a baby, and pretending to dunk her. We were all laughing and having so much fun. I’ll never forget this memory. You’re dad kept saying, “NEVER FEAR, DON BURTON IS HERE”. The more he said it, the more we laughed. Uncle Bob (SOB)sweet old Bob, had a few words of wisdom too, and we all laughed even more. This is one of my all time favorite memories and I’m glad to share it with you.

    With tears in my eyes, and tears streaming down my face, I know they are with Jesus and at peace. But…………..still I. MISS. THEM. I do.

    I love you kids so much. I always wanted to get to know you all along, but it just didn’t happen. You Burton Boys, Patrick, Paul, and Luke were so cute and Leigh Ann so adorable. I absolutely loved seeing you at your Dad’s memorial service. And crazy Trent was there. Need I say more. Let’s face it, THE BURTON GENES, prevail. I see it in all of us.

    I love you guys so much,
    Your cousin Laurie BURTON Conti

  • To all the Burton family, our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. What a blessing Carol was to us in our choir, even though it was too short a time, and we have many fond memories of fun times singing with her. She will definitely be missed, but we remember it is only temporary until we meet again where there will be no more sadness or pain. God bless you all and may you feel Abba God’s love and comfort very real and near.
    Love, Lois and Larry Skulski

  • Carol was a dear friend. She was caring and intelligent, always investing in young lives and minds . Carol raised very intelligent kids, the oldest of whom is more brother than brother-in-law to me. Carol regarded me with undue esteem. During a canoeing junket, all of us in turn ran our canoes into the tangled roots of a tree. She thought her two youngest, Paul and Luke, were in danger of drowning, and that I had saved them. It’s true that they were in the same boat with me and that I was looking out for them, but they were in no danger and at no point went under the water. It was still fun for me to be one of Carol’s favorite people, even if the underlying premise of her favor was mistaken. I am so sorry for your loss and share your sorrow.

  • As an elder at Diamond Hills Baptist Church, I was on the committee that brought Don and Carol to be our Associate Pastors. They had many responsibilities but we worked the closest with them in the area of worship. We sang in choir which they led as well as every Sunday evening in a singing ensemble.

    Don and Carol gave us their wonderful son, Patrick, to marry our daughter Debra, and through them Price and Storey. Carol also taught her son Patrick, outstanding culinary skills of which the Dixon family has been beneficiary.

    She will be missed by the many who had the privilege to know and love her.

  • Amazing family, the Burtons, whom God used to touch so many people in Mansfield and to regions beyond. Carol was an exceptional reading teacher and her own family were beneficiaries of that God-given gift. I enjoyed having her children in the Mansfield Christian School family and later worshipping with them at Clear Fork Alliance. Many have praised God for her life of service and devotion to others on her walk through this life.

  • I have known the Burton family for many years. Don and Carol were such a Godly couple. They ministered with integrity and graciousness in every aspect of God’s work. Carol’s smiling face and sense of humor will always be remembered. They raised great kids who model their parents love for Jesus. I remember Carol telling me when Don went to be with the Lord, “how dare he go before me.” Now they are rejoicing together with the Lord and singing beautifully as they did down here.
    May God bring to remembrance all the wonderful times you had with your Mom and Dad.
    Ron Them

  • I never got to meet Carol, but it feels like I have. She has still touched my life, and I think of little things, like “good smells”, when I smell a wonderful new scented candle or lotion. Carol was extremely blessed with so many people to love and so many who will always love and remember her. Thank you for sharing her with me. I will remember her with you.

  • Dear Patrick & Debra,

    I’m so sorry for your loss. What a marvelous life Carol led and it’s not surprising to read about her extraordinary gift for teaching, children, and music, having known her son when we were both young cadets.

    Sending you and your family our deepest condolences.


    Mylinh and Mark Shattan