Monday, January 5, 2009

Passing of a dear Christian sister

I would like to honor a dear sister who was a great encouragement to me. You would have to meet her to experience her sweet spirit. She helped sooth my hurts when I miscarried my first baby. She had such faith. It was an automatic with her to know that the Lord was going to take care of every situation. She was always so calm. She loved children and taught hers to love the Lord and be good achievers. The familys' singing was an inspiration and blended so well.

One of the songs they were known for was "When I Wake Up in Glory"

I shall fall asleep some day and from earth shall pass away,
But my soul shall reach a better land.
All the things of life shall fail as we pass through death’s dark veil,
And God’s way we clearly understand.

When I wake up, wake up on glory,
And to Jesus will sing redemption story.
Oh, I shall see Him face to face who has kept me by His grace,
When I wake up in glory by and by.

When my weary eyelids close and I slump to sweet repose,
Singing hallelujah as I go.
All my sorrows will be past I’ll be free from care at last,
And I’ll leave my troubles here below.

Legacy Five has a song "Hello After Goodbye"

"...we will be with them far longer than we were without them, no doubt. In that beautiful, wonderful hello after goodbye"

Marlene Marie Burton

News Death Notice

BURTON, Marlene Marie 77, of Springfield, went to be with the Lord, Sunday, January 4, 2009 at 6:30 a.m. in her residence. She was born October 19, 1931 in Springfield, the daughter of Marcellus and Edna Mae (Davis) Cooper. She attended Springfield High School. She was a devoted wife and mother of fifteen children. As a young woman, Marlene sang with her sisters in a group called the Cooper Sisters. They sang on WIZE Radio for the Negro Business Hour in Springfield. In 1980, Marlene and her husband formed the Burton Family Singers. Marlene taught all of her children to sing. The Burton Family Singers sang locally to teenage inmates at the Clark County Juvenile Detention Center. The family also sang in churches throughout the United States. She leaves to cherish her memory her loving husband Harlen Edward and their children: Melanie (Charles) Clark, Harlen Eric (Carrie) Burton, Pamela (Bobbie) Jones, Paula (Michael) Duncan, Jonathan (Sylvia) Burton, Celeste (Kelvin) Gaskins, Thomas Burton, Rhoda (Gregory "Sarg") Linton, David (Debbie) Burton, Joel Burton, Angela (Zac) Coaston, Charles Burton, and Peter (Della) Burton. She also leaves four sisters: Una (Paul) Peterson, Shirley Robinson, Pat (Gene) Mitchell, Donna Beverly and one brother Jerry (Patti) Cooper; forty-six grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Marion "Bud" Cooper, and two daughters, Jill Forbes and Bethany Burton.

We love you and God bless your family.


  1. I am sorry for your lost... but you will see each other again in you can praise Lord that you had a chance to know her here on this world... it looks that she was amazing person...

  2. "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints."—Psalm 116:15.

    A gain for Christ, and only a temporary "goodbye" for you, there are not many women like Marlene left in the world, may her example live on.

  3. This is a very sweet post on Sis. Burton. Thanks for sharing Mom.

  4. Both the memorial service and the funeral were wondering. Naturally, there was grief and weeping, but there was also much rejoicing. The grandchildren sang a family favorite "Pass It On". Bro Corlew preached. John Burton exhorted on the fact that if we are accepted in Christ then we we should be accepted of each other. My mind went to the words of a hymn "We reach our hands in fellowship to EVERY blood-washed one". So many are singing this song but singing a lie. It was just wonderful to see all those we grew up with and their children (and grandchildren). You really had to be there. Sis Burton has truly left a legacy.

  5. Thanks Sis. Becky. Wish I could have been there.

  6. A lovely tribute to a special lady.

    Sorry for your loss.

  7. Oh what a sweet tribute to your dear friend. I'm so sorry for your loss.

    I wanted to let you know where to find the Friday Fill-Ins ... it is here. She posts the questions on Thursday nights - usually around 8 or 9 pm EST. Hope to see you playing! And thanks for stopping by!

  8. I have many childhood memories with the burton's.
    She was so soft spoken and I remember once when my brother David and I were spending a Sunday afternoon at there house. We were probably out of control and she spoke to us about our actions. I remember wandering if I just got in trouble or not. She was so sweet.