- Ada, Oklahoma


September 20, 2010

Burtons celebrate 70th wedding anniversary

Ada — Thomas and Helen Burton recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary with a small family gathering. The couple was married Sept. 14, 1940 in Hydro, Okla.

Their three children and their spouses are Karen and Charles Ewers of Yukon, Paul and Pat Burton of Mustang, and Larry and Annette Bodine of Asher. The Burtons' children and their spouses have been married 39, 39, and 35 years, respectively.

Tom was born Jan. 3, 1919 in Erik, Okla., to Thomas and Mattie Grover Burton.  Helen was born Aug. 24, 1916,  in Lecompton, Kansas to Glen and Clara Morris Shafer.

 In 1938 at age 19, Tom moved to Tulsa to attend Oklahoma School of Business and worked nights for Quality Milk Company (forerunner of Carnation Milk Company) and a local ambulance service. After a year and a half, the milk company offered him a job in the office.

 Helen attended business school in Kansas for a year and then in 1937 she and her sister Wilma moved to Tulsa. She worked as a comptometer operator for Mid-Continent  Oil Company.

Tom became a licensed minister for the Church of the Nazarene the same year they married. He had an almost 50-year career as a pastor with the Church of the Nazarene. The couple’s first church to pastor was in Barnsdall, Okla. Other pastorates were in Fitzgerald, Ga; Bartlesville; Hastings, Neb.; Corpus Christi, Texas; South Gate, Calif.; Waco, Texas; Odessa, Texas; Great Bend, Kan. and back to Bartlesville where he ended his career after another 15 years as senior adult minister with the same church he pastored earlier in his career.  He served on various district committees throughout the years and served as District Secretary for several years during his time in Corpus Christi and various other positions of responsibility within the Nazarene Church.  They are  members of Ada Church of the Nazarene, where Mr. Burton remains actively involved in various prayer groups.

Mrs. Burton was a homemaker and served many years in various tasks around the church involving Sunday School, Missionary organizations, and Vacation Bible School. She also taught piano lessons out of the home for more than 15 years.  She continues to share her gift of piano-playing on many occasions at the Baptist Village where they have lived since moving to Ada in November 2000.

The Burton’s have six grandchildren: Brent and Samantha Ewers of Laramie, Wyo., Sherry and David Izell of Mustang; Adam and Jordan Bodine of Seminole, Texas, Jonette and Jacob Voth of Purcell, Sarah and Chris Davis of Oklahoma City, and Gretchen Bodine currently living in England. The Burtons have five great-grandchildren with a sixth one on the way: Braedon and Loden Ewers, Janessa Izell, Travis Voth, and Mikayla Davis whose new baby brother is due in November.

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