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Merna Burton

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Merna Burton Obituary
Merna L. Burton, 91


October 24, 1921 - February 18, 2013

Funeral Services will be 1:00 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids for Merna L. Burton, age 91, who passed away Monday at Country Manor Health Care Center, Sartell. Rev. Dave Nelson will officiate and burial will be at Benton Cemetery, Sauk Rapids. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday and one hour prior to the services Thursday at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids. There will be a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Merna was born Oct. 24, 1921 in Glendorado Township to Louis & Etha (Insley) Swan. She graduated from St. Cloud Tech High School. Merna married Martin Burton on Nov. 2, 1940 in rural Benton County. She helped take care of the family farm, sold CB radios, owned and operated a shooting range, was a firearm safety instructor and also a 4-H leader. Merna was a natural caregiver and very self-reliant. She took pride in working hard and raising her family.

Survivors include her sons, Walter (Dorothy) of Rice, David (Betty) of Sanford, NC, Gary (Dot) of Las Vegas, NV, and Roger (Colleen) of Rice; 8 grandchildren, 4 step grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, 11 step great grandchildren, and 6 great great grandchildren. Merna was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Martin on Feb. 18, 1994; son, James; brothers, Neil & Arvid Swan.

Memorials are preferred to St. Cloud Hospital Hospice.

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Published in the St. Cloud Times on Feb. 19, 2013
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