Linda Janice Burton, age 77, passed away on September 14th, 2020, after a courageous six year battle with cancer, peacefully in the comfort of her own home with her family by her side. She was a beloved member of our community in Lake Forest, CA for over 44 years.
Linda will be laid to rest alongside her parents at Fairview Cemetery in Tonica at 11:00 AM on Saturday October 3, 2020 with Rev. Deepak Holkar officiating. The Hurst Funeral Home in Tonica is assisting the family with arrangements.
Born January 27, 1943 in Peru, IL, Linda was the youngest of four children. Her parents, Raymond Leo & Inez Marrietta Bartolt, Sr., raised Linda and her three siblings on their family farm in Oglesby, Illinois, originally purchased in 1927, and is still in the family, today. Linda was a member of the 1960 Graduating Class of Tonica High School. Upon graduating high school, she continued her education at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where she became a Wescoga girl, a religious and racially conscious founded home on campus, and graduated with a BA & LAS in 1965. She enjoyed a long-time career as the Librarian at Laguna Beach High School, was the President of the Local Chapter CSEA, spent time working for the Orange County Dept. of Education, where she championed the development of a modernized library system for the Div of Alternative Education Correctional Schools & Services, and was a long standing member of the American Library Association.
Linda will be remembered for her sense of humor, voracious appetite of books, appreciation of music, love of horses, passion against hatred and intolerance, and detailed attention to her roses. Linda always had a warm smile and a friendly word for everyone (well, most everyone!!!). A musician since age 7, starting with singing and learning to play the clarinet that led to her ability to be 1st chair in the U of I orchestra. She will be remembered for the beautiful music she provided in the choir as a member of El Toro Baptist Church and within the community.
She is survived by her sister Marilynn Patterson, brother Raymond Barlolt Jr., son Darin Burton, daughter Vanessa Warrior, son-in-law Christopher Warrior; five grandchildren: Morgan Burton, Maddison Burton, Kyleigh Burton, Maxwell Warrior, Sophia Warrior, great grandson Kane Moralez, and her beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends that will dearly miss her. Linda is predeceased by her sister, Carol Rosaline Gray.
While they grieve their loss, the family has chosen to publicly remember Linda in a way that honors her courageous & loving spirit with a Memorial Service that will be held at O’Connor Mortuary in Laguna Hills, CA on Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 2:00 pm. Due to current restrictions, only a small number of family and friends will be able to physically attend the memorial; however, the family will provide a secure link for those that wish to attend virtually.
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