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Lenore Burton August 8, 1923 - November 23, 2020

Lenore Burton, age 97, a longtime and well-respected Ava, Missouri resident, peacefully passed away Monday, November 23, 2020 in Heart of The Ozarks Healthcare Center, Ava, Missouri. One of nine children, she was born Lenore Haden, August 8, 1923, at home in rural Ava, Missouri, the daughter of Francis Luin and Clara Mae (McDaniel) Haden. On January 8, 1945 Lenore was united in marriage to Bill Burton, who was the love of her life, and they shared 57 years together before his death, February 21, 2002.

Lenore took good care of herself and her appearance was always a “put together style” – a true lady in every sense. She loved a good hair day and considered wearing lipstick completely essential. Lenore was baptized at an early age and with her commitment to being a prayer warrior she maintained a strong faith and willingly encouraged others. She was truly a beautiful example of the virtuous woman. During her younger years, she was blessed with the ability to write poems and composed several beautiful song lyrics. She loved her flowers, gardening and was also an animal lover with several pets during her farm life with Bill. Lenore will be sadly missed but her genuinely kind memory will live on forever in the hearts of her friends and loving family.

Lenore is survived by a sister Betty Jenkins; a brother Jim Haden and wife Irene. Lenore never had children of her own but was a very loving and special Aunt to seven nieces and four nephews; many great-nieces, great-nephews, two dear friends Donna and Paul Lewis and other caring relatives. In addition to her husband, Lenore was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters Modena Cox, Mary Cox and Freeda Richards; three brothers Aubrey, George and Jack Haden; one niece, one nephew and a caring caregiver.  .

Graveside funeral services for Lenore will be 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, November 25, 2020 in Mount Tabor Cemetery, Ava, Missouri. Visitation will be 6:00 to 7:00 P.M. Tuesday in Barnes Family Funeral Home, Ozark. Online condolences may be shared at www.barnesfamilyfunerals.com.

Effective October 21, 2020 through December 31, 2020 the City of Ozark, Missouri issued a mask ordinance. A requirement to wear face coverings when in public, for the purpose of preventing or limiting the spread of COVID-19. Masks are also required at Missouri Veterans Cemetery. Barnes Funeral Home is following the ordinance and also recommends social distance guidelines. The family and staff thank you in advance for your understanding during these difficult times.



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    Dick and Joyce Baxter says

    Betty and Randy and family so sorry to hear of Lenore’s passing. She was an inspiration to everyone. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the families.

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    Juanita Herrell says

    She was a great lady.
    A true christen
    The world will always be a better place because she here.
    I know she will rest in peace, with her dear Lord she loved so much

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    Amy (LaFreniere) Johnstone says

    My heart breaks to hear of Aunt Lenore’s passing. I had the opportunity to visit her a handful of times in Missouri, with Grandpa (George) and after he and granny had both passed. She came to stay with us once (in Washington state) once (when she, Betty, Randy & Judy were on a road trip). I will never forget some of her words of wisdom, she had so many amazing things to share. The time my husband met her (way back before we were married) she said he was a good one and if I wasn’t careful she’d snatch him up! My first (and last) time eating fried frog legs was at Lenore’s house. That was after we spent the day riding around on Randy’s school bus, “frog gigging” at he and Judy’s farm. The world has lost two beautiful people this week. My only comfort is knowing they are reunited with their loved ones, for Lenore to see Bill again, and her siblings, my granny and grandpa. I’ve never seen so much love and strength in a family. We love you all.

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    Ronda Soto says

    i will always remember at Mt.Tabor during OLD FOLKS DAY Lenore and Betty would usually sit behind the Hathcock family and we would be cutting up with dad and laughing alot pretty soon they would join in and be laughing also. precious special memories how i loved her poems and songs and her beautiful testimonies.She would always rejoice in the Lord and the wonderful families and friends he had blessed her with.Hold on to those special memories they will get you through .what a wonderful lady that will be singing and rejoicing with God>to the family so sorry for your loss she was so kind to us where ever we saw her from the Martin and Maryann Hathcock family

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    Katie says

    Love you so much Auntie..I will miss you forever but I know you’re with Jesus, Uncle Bill, your parents and all your siblings…give everyone bigs hugs, until we meet again ..I will love you forever..Katie

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    Jessie Erickson says

    My mother, Ora Jenkins-Stamper was friends with your Lenore. May your memories find you peace at such a sad time for you all.

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    Mary Jo Lakey Gaston says

    Just know we are thinking about all of you at this time. Jim and I visited Lenore at her home three years ago when we were back for a visit. She was a very special lady – friend and neighbor, as was her entire family. You all are in our prayers.