Newspaper Clip: Death of Charlotte-Valencia (Adams) Burton
Saturday, April 8, 1882 - Grand Haven, MI

Charlotte-Valencia Adams married William N. Burton in Cuyahoga, Ohio (Ohio City) on December of 1840. Between 1843 and 1855 they had five children, all of whom were born in Chicago, Illinois. The Burtons also resided from time to time in Milwaukee and Kenosha, Wisconsin, Grand Haven, Michigan, and on South Manitou Island.


DIED — In the city on the 8th inst., Charlotte V., wife of Wm. N. Burton, aged 60 years.

The funeral of Mrs. Wm. N. Burton, who died at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Captain Mower [1], on the 8th inst., took place from St. John's Episcopal church on Monday, the 10th inst., and was very largely attended by the friends of the deceased lady. The services at the church were very impressive, the remarks of Rev. S.A. Woodford being most touching and eminently appropriate.

Mr. Woodford said, in substance, that the burden of his thought since the announcement of Mrs. Burton's death had been "right dear in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints." He showed the marked contrast between the effect of the lives and actions of men great in state affairs, great in politics, or great in war, upon states or communities, as compared with the effect produced by a life of earnest, unostentatious, Christian work — such a life as went out from among us on Easter eve. It seemed a fitting time for the close of such a life. She has gone from the scenes of her life work to the blessed reward which surely awaits those who faithfully serve the Master, leaving behind her a name which will ever be held in loving remembrance by all who knew her.

The Easter decorations were still in place in the church, and to these were added many beautiful floral tributes from friends absent and present among which were a beautiful pillow with the word "Mother" set in immortelles; passion cross, in solid white; an anchor, rich in variety and quality of flowers; a delicate Greek cross; an exquisitely wrought crown; a large star; a small pillow, with the word "rest" set in immortelles; a vase containing five magnificent callas; one large bouquet of choice flowers, besides numerous tributes in the form of small bouquets and cut flowers.

The remains were followed to the cemetery [2] by the husband and all the living children of the deceased; by relatives and friends from a distance; by her Sunday-school class, and a goodly number of friends, all of whom were sincere mourners. At the cemetery the beautiful committal service was pronounced, the members of her Sunday-school class each deposited a bouquet upon the casket, which had been lowered into a resting place rendered lovely by evergreen and flowers. The benediction was pronounced and the friends dispersed, the relatives returning to a home which is happier and brighter for her having lived in it.

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  1. "Mrs. Captain Mower" - daughter Clara-Mae (Burton) Mower, wife of Samuel-Curtis Mower, a civil engineer who was known as "Captain Mower" as a result of his four-years of service as an officer in the Civil War.
  2. The cemetery referred to was probably Grand Haven's new Lake Forrest Cemetery, which was opened in September of 1873 to replace the former burial place, which was at the site of what is presently "Central Park." In the mid-1880's graves in the old central cemetery were removed to the new Lake Forrest Cemetery, into what is today designated "Section 37."

Submitted by Phyllis Begens, great-granddaughter of Eunice Marion Burton