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Deborah 'Debbie' Joan (Jones) Burton

November 7, 1954 ~ October 29, 2021 (age 66)

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Deborah J. (nee Jones) Burton, 66, of Poplar Bluff, peacefully passed away at her home Friday, Oct. 29, 2021, surrounded by her family after a brief battle with cancer.

Debbie was born November 7, 1954, in Cape Girardeau and is the daughter of Ronald and Joanna Jones of Jackson, Missouri. They survive.

Also surviving is her husband of 28 years, Roger Burton, one son Eric (Jackie) Thilman of Harville, stepdaughter Felicia Burton of Farmington, Minnesota, and stepdaughter Brittany Marino (Paul) of Cary, North Carolina.  Sister Rhonda (Arthur) Jones-Acklie of Franklin, Tennessee.  Mother-in-law, Wilma Duncan of Poplar Bluff and step-mother-in-law, Patsy Burton of Conroe, Texas.  Five grandchildren Travis and Damian Thilman, Peyton Schanen and Sophia and Nico Marino.

Debbie enjoyed spending time with her family. She loved her grandchildren very much and going on little trips with Travis and attending Damian’s baseball and basketball games.  She also loved visiting with Peyton, Sophia, and Nico when the opportunity arose.

She was very active after retiring from the Missouri State Highway Patrol as the Chief Driver Examiner for Troop E for 23 years.  She worked driving for SMTS for nine more years after her retirement from the MSHP.

The visitation will be from 5 to 7 pm Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021, at Willow Ridge Funeral Chapel in Poplar Bluff.  The funeral service will begin at 11:00 am Wednesday at Willow Ridge Funeral Chapel with Rev. Brandon Spain officiating.  Burial will be at 2 pm at the Fairview United Methodist Church Cemetery in Millersville, Missouri with Rev. Jimmy Corbin officiating. The cemetery address is 545 County Road 356, Millersville, MO 63766.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Debbie’s name to UCAN.

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November 2, 2021

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Willow Ridge Funeral Chapel
1100 Iron Bridge Rd
Poplar Bluff, MO 63901

Funeral Service
November 3, 2021

11:00 AM
Willow Ridge Funeral Chapel, Spain

November 3, 2021

2:00 PM
Fairview United Methodist Church Cemetery
545 County Road 356
Millersville, MO 63766

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