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Della E. Burton, 101 and a half, of Russell, went to be with the Lord Thursday, March 30, 2017, in Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland.
Mrs. Burton was born Oct. 11, 1915, in Hinton, W.Va., to the late J.D. and Della Mary Sweet.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edmond Burton; a great-grandson, Joshua Cory Coburn; and a brother, Dick Sweet.
Della loved spending time with her family. She was always out and about, staying involved with her church, Mead Memorial United Methodist, and her community. Della was a member of Russell Civic League, Women's club, PTA President and Tranqulan Swim Club. She traveled extensively with Road Runners of Ashland.
Another of her great loves was the Russell Senior Center, where she would play cards, share delicious meals and cherished the love and admiration of many friends.
Della prayed that she would be able to see the opening of the new Russell-Ironton Bridge. Thankfully, she was able to accomplish this dream and was so proud to be included in cutting the ribbon ceremony.
Left behind to remember her and carry on her legacy are her daughters, Mary Ellen (Roger) Griffith and Celeste (Roger) McClanahan; four grandchildren, Joey (Sara) McClanahan, Janelle McClanahan, J.W. (Sherry) Griffith and Celeste (Jon) Lehr; and seven great-grandchildren, Bailey, Riley and Molly McClanahan, Cori Coburn, Oliver and Owen Lehr and Hayden Griffith.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Monday, April 3, 2017, at Carman Funeral Home in Flatwoods with Pastor Larry Puryear and Pastor Raymond Payne officiating. Burial will be in Bellefonte Memorial Gardens in Flatwoods.
Friends may call after 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mead Memorial United Methodist Church, 443 Boyd St., Russell, KY 41169 or Community Hospice, 1480 Carter Ave. Ashland, KY 41101.
Condolences may be sent to carmanfuneral.com
Published on April 1, 2017
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