P.O. Box 506, 943 Highway 425 North, Monticello, AR71655

Mary Kathryne Burton
June 23, 1941 - July 2, 2024

Mary Kathryne Burton

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Mary Kathryne Crook Burton, age 83 of Monticello, AR, passed away Tuesday, July 2, 2024, at her home. She was born June 23, 1941, in Monticello, AR to the late Dan Wright Crook and Alice Kathryne Neidringhaus Crook.
She was the widow of William Kenneth Burton, a retired schoolteacher and a member of Rose Hill Free Will Baptist Church. Kathryne was a 1959 honor graduate of Drew Central High School, where she was a member of the National Honor Society, a class officer, member of FHA, the annual staff, along with many other clubs. She also was a member of the Drew Central basketball team for four years. She attended Arkansas A&M University (now UAM) where she graduated in 1968 with a Bachelor of Science and Education degree in English and Math. Kathryne was a longtime member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority where she participated in various community projects. She was also a proud member of the Col. David Love, Daughters of the American Revolution Chapter (DAR) where she served as Regent from 2010-2012.
She loved horses, barrel racing, and ''running off'' on her horse as a teenager. Kathryne loved to talk and socialize and never met a stranger. She also loved genealogy and antique cars where she enjoyed going on trips and car shows with her husband and friends. However, the greatest love of her life was her family, especially her grandkids and great-grandkids. They were truly the light of her life! In addition to her husband and parents, she was also preceded in death by a son, Scott Brian Burton.
Mrs. Kathryne is survived by a son, Brett Burton and wife Rene; a daughter, Samantha Burton Hewitt and husband Jimmy; one brother, Gary Crook; five grandchildren, Chelsea Burton French and husband Todd, Scott Allen Hewitt, Devin Burton and wife Ali, Mary Kathryne Hewitt and Kenneth Cole Hewitt all of Monticello; three great-grandchildren, Braxton French, Holden French and Ila Burton; along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Saturday, July 6, 2024, at Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Chapel with Rev. Dwayne Roper and Rev. Gary Carter officiating. There will be a visitation from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Friday evening at the funeral home. Burial will be in Union Ridge Cemetery. You can sign Mrs. Kathryne's guestbook registry on this page.
Serving as active pallbearers are Scott Hewitt, Cole Hewitt, Devin Burton, Todd French, Jeff Burton and Keith Burton. Honorary Pallbearers will be Gary Crook, Jimmy Hewitt, Lloyd Carpenter, Sonny Withers and Randy Burton.

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Friday, July 5, 2024
5:00-7:00 p.m.
Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home
943 Highway 425 North
Monticello, AR  71655
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Funeral Service
Saturday, July 6, 2024
1:00 p.m.
Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home
943 Highway 425 North
Monticello, AR  71657
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Union Ridge Cemetery
Midway Rt Rd
Monticello, AR  71655
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  1. Lavera Burton
    I'm so sorry to hear about one of my favorite teachers. She was great at teaching. The last time I seen her family was having a birthday party. Her and Pete sit and talk for the longest time. When we got home Pete told me how much he enjoyed visiting with her and she is one smart Lady. My heart felt prayers are coming your way. I guess her and Pete can sit around and have some more educated conversations. Prayers.
  2. Sharon Debra K Parker Hayden
    Sorry to hear of Mrs Burton passing. She was a sweet person and my favorite teacher in junior high. May the Lord wrap his arms around you all and give y’all the comfort needed during this difficult time.
  3. Sherry Ellis O'Neill-Rawls
    Brett, family, & friends, I am so sorry to learn of the loss of Mary Katherine. She was such a sweet person with a great personality & sense of humor. May God bless and comfort you during this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Sherry O'Neill-Rawls
  4. June
    Dear family, I am so sorry for your loss. I alway enjoyed when I was around her. She had a great personality and cheerful spirit. Prayers and thoughts for all the family.
  5. Shelby Williams
    Please accept my deepest condolences in the passing of Mrs. Burton. She was one of my teachers in junior high school. She was a great teacher and she genuinely cared about her students. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
  6. Janie Rabb & Larry Fuller
    Samantha, Bret & Family,
    I’m so sorry to learn of Katherine’s passing. She & I were very good friends & I loved her dearly. We taught Jr High School together. Katherine was always the happiest & most fun to be with. “Our group” enjoyed many years together raising kids & living a wonderful life. Katherine loved her kids & grands. She was an intelligent & remarkable woman.
    Larry & I believe God will continue Blessing her family. She & Kenneth prepared you all well!

    Janie Rabb & Larry Fuller
  7. John and Paige (Hill) Stell
    You are all in our thoughts and prayers. We loved Ms. Kathryne dearly. So many memories growing up and as we became adults. Lots of conversations…sometimes long…but always interesting. She loved her family and was so very proud of all of you. Although we are all heartbroken, she is rejoicing…happy, healthy, and enjoying her forever home. Heaven is full of conversations I have no doubt. Mr. Kenneth is giving her “the look” but catching up with all that has happened. We will see her again.
    Love and prayers,
    John, Paige, Jayson, Colt, Brayden, Brad, Jake, Bethany, Jared, Marlee, and Frazier
  8. Pat Matthews
    Kathryne was a great friend and a wonderful person. She will be missed.
    Pat Matthews
  9. Mary Faye King
    I'm so sorry about Kathryne. Through college, teaching and Beta Sigma Phi events, I became friends with her. In recent years, I had lost contact with her. I always enjoyed her company so much. She could make a clay statue talk back. Kathryn was a chatterbox but was no airhead. She was sharp as a tack and was very knowledgeable about a wide range of subjects. She was a woman of great courage and substance.
  10. lelia davis
    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of one of my wonderful cousins. Mary Katherine was my first cousin and I have so many memories of her. She waS A GREAT PERSON AND WILL BE MISSED CONSIDERABLY

  11. Michelle Hammock and Janie Berrymwn
    We were so sad in hearing of the passing of Mary Katherine. She was always a joy to be around. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this time.
  12. Kay Worbington
    To All of Kathryne's family: I have been fortunate to know Kathryne since I was a kid. She was kind and caring and had a great personality. My job often times took me to the school where she taught and I saw what a great teacher she was. She was a positive influence on the lives of many students. I loved talking to her! You all have my prayers at this sad time.
  13. Kent Davis
    I knew Mrs Burton and Kennith for as long as I can remember and she was my teacher in Jr High, I am sorry, she was a good one. Prayers
  14. Kent Davis
    She was the Best, I’m so sorry Prayers
  15. Vickey Thornhill Haycox
    Kathryne a great friend, teacher and mentor. She helped me so very much when I started teaching. She was caring and loved her students unconditionally. When they hurt she hurt. She may not have shown the students when she was emotionally upset because of situations in their lives but she prayed and cried for them and called out their names to Jesus. She will be missed by so many. I pray comfort and peace for the family. Always remember she loved you.
  16. James and Kathy Berry
    Brett, Rene and Family
    James and I are sad for your loss. I was in school with your Mother. Such a nice friend and always so friendly. I have missed visiting with her from time to time at the grocery store.
    Our love and prayers are with you.
    James and Kathy
  17. Melanie Adair
    I am so sorry for the loss of this beautiful woman. I loved MK!!!
    My prayers for comfort to all the family. Love you, all!!
  18. Harry L. Densmore III
    My condolences for the family, may God keep you and i pray you speak with him at this time of your grief.
  19. Dianne Lloyd
    I met Katherine soon after I came to Monticello. She had a great sense of humor, and was always so nice. I will miss her.
  20. Walt sawyer
    We sry for ya loss
    Was great person
  21. Becky Carter
    My heartfelt condolences to you all. Mrs Kathryne touched so many lives, mine being one of them. I am forever grateful to have known this beautiful lady. She is so loved and will be missed by so many. I am so sorry for your loss. Your family will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.
  22. Earlene Pigue
    Mary Katherine is my first cousin. I have many memories of growing up with Mary Katherine. She was a great horse person. I remember her riding every year in the parade that started the annual rodeo and carnival show. She was an excellent rider. She will be missed by her family and all who knew her.
  23. Mary Doss Lasiter
    Family please accept my deepest sympathy at your great loss. I was shocked when I turned my computer on this morning and saw that Kathryn had died even though I knew she was in bad health. She and Ken are together again now. RIP

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