November 30, 1927 ~ February 10, 2016
ARLINGTON -- Mary Catherine Burton, 88, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, in Arlington. After a long battle with Alzheimer's disease, she is reunited peacefully with her Lord Jesus Christ and the love of her life, her husband, Gary Lee Burton Jr. Funeral: 11 a.m. Tuesday at Wade Family Funeral Home, 4140 W. Pioneer Parkway, Arlington. Interment: Moore Memorial Gardens, Arlington. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Memorials: Donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association of North Texas, 2630 West Freeway, Suite 100, Fort Worth, Texas 76102, 817-336-4949. Born in Dallas on Nov. 30, 1927, to John T. Brackeen and Catherine Folk Brackeen, Mary spent her childhood in Dallas and was the sixth of seven children. While working at Dallas Power & Light, she met Gary. They married Oct. 3, 1952. In 1957, they moved to Arlington, where they raised two daughters and a son. A lifelong devout Catholic, Mary was a longtime member of St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church. She was also a member of the Arlington Woman's Club and volunteered regularly for Meals on Wheels. An avid bridge player, she was able to continue playing even when the disease robbed her of other abilities. She loved to sing, solve crossword puzzles, watch old movies and cheer on the Dallas Cowboys, even when others had given up. The family says a special thank you to the staff at Brookdale Pecan Park Assisted Living and Claire Bridge and to nurses at Envoy Hospice. Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Gary, in 1993 and her six siblings. Survivors: Son, Gary L. Burton III and wife, Marilyn; daughters, Diane Mayfield and husband, David, and Nancy L'Amie; grandchildren, Davis Mayfield, Emily Lewis, Lee Burton, Sarah Mayfield, Randi Beth Burton, Lauren L'Amie and Charlotte L'Amie; and six great-grandchildren.