Shirley Marie Burton passed away Monday, March 17, 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born in Red Lodge, Montana on January 26, 1936 to George and Josephine (Thompson) Brown. Shirley attended grade school and graduated high school in Red Lodge then attended the University of Montana in Missoula.
Shirley married Glen Burton on August 22, 1954 in Red Lodge, Montana. They began their married life at Fort Benning, Georgia and then transferred to Fort Dix, where son, Bill was born. Upon Glen’s discharge from the army, they moved to Broadus and welcomed daughters Becky and Barb to the family. While raising an active family, Shirley worked as a bookkeeper for the Cal Gas Company, Powder River Clinic, and the Broadus High School. She joined Glen in the Broadus Insurance Service Agency as a financial representative.
In her free time Shirley was an avid card player and spent many holidays playing Canasta with her children and later with her grandchildren. She was an accomplished bridge player, and enjoyed bowling, teaching Sunday school, reading, golfing and Eastern Star. A special highlight was acting as the delegate for Republican Party during the presidential election in Miami Florida in 1972. She especially enjoyed cheering on the Broadus Hawks as a proud parent in the stands and later supported her grandchildren in all of their activities. Family was always her highest priority and she was thrilled when she became a great-grandma. Her fried pheasant with mashed potatoes and gravy was incentive for the hunters to stay out until they shot their limit.
In retirement Shirley and Glen enjoyed their Sun City Arizona home during winter, living in Helena during the summer and visiting grandchildren in Florida and Oregon.
Shirley was preceded in death by her brother, Jim Brown, and her parents. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Glen; Bill (Barbara) Burton of Helena, Montana; Becky Filosofos (Dave) Correia of Orlando, Florida; Barbara (Darrell) Dalby of Woodland, Washington; five grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and one sister, Nancy Larson, of Miles City.
A memorial service celebrating Shirley’s life will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 21, 2014 at Touchmark, 915 Saddle Drive. Memorials in Shirley’s name are suggested to Powder River Farm in the Dell,c/o Farm in the Dell International 1208 Poplar, Helena, Mt 59601; Relay for Life In Broadus Mt c/o Pat Gardner, PO Box 629, Broadus Mt, 59317; or Florence Crittenton Home, 901 North Harris, Helena, Mt. 59601