Virginia Marie (Shea) Burton

Class of 1940

1940 Graduation Edition
Perry Daily JournalVirginia Shea
Virginia Shea

– 16, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Shea, 1004 Birch street. She was born June 24, 1923, in Perry. Virginia attended the St. Joseph’s Academy in Perry before attending the Perry high school.

She was vice-president of the Red Hots, pep organization in 1938-39 and again in 1939-40 and was also assistant drill leader the last year. She was a member of the student council in 1937-38 and in 1938-39. She was president of her home room her senior year.

Dancing, tennis and swimming are her hobbies. She has received various awards in the pep club and she was in the senior play, “Early to Bed, Early to Rise.”

Virginia Marie (Shea) Burton

June 24, 1923 – August 20, 2006

A Mass of Christian Burial for Virginia M. Burton, 83, of Paragould, Arkansas, will be 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Perry. The Rev. Tom Dowdell will officiate. Burial will be in St. Rose of Lima Catholic Cemetery. Arrangements are by BrownDugger Funeral Home of Perry.

She was born June 24, 1923, in Perry, to William and Mary Ovilena Harrison Shea and died Sunday, Aug. 20, 2006, in Paragould.

She was a cheerleader and a “Red Hot” at Perry High School, where she graduated with the class of 1940. She married Thomas G. “Tom” Burton Feb. 16, 1942, in St. Louis. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Paragould.

Surviving are three sons, Tom Burton of Roeland Park, Kan., Mike Burton of Tulsa and Pat Burton of Oklahoma City; one daughter, Debbie Quinn of Paragould; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Tom, two brothers,and six sisters.

Memorials may be made to Ronald McDonald House of Memphis, Tenn. through BrownDugger Funeral Home, 1010 N. 7th Street, Perry, OK 73077.