Carol Ann Burton
November 07, 1945 ‒ March 15, 2020
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 www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com .