Carol Burton, 92, passed away in her sleep Nov. 16, 2018, at her home in Foothill Village, Angels Camp.
Born in the “new” (she loved to say) Salinas Hospital on May 7, 1926. She lived the last 60 years in Calaveras County. She loved the county and over the years was active in the First Congregational Church in Murphys; the AAUW; Cal Alumni Association; Avery School (now Hazel Fischer School) PTA; Bear Valley Ski Club (a charter member); Arts of Bear Valley (a charter member); the Golden Palette; and would have been president of the “Fans of the Calaveras Community Band” if the organization existed.
Carol graduated from Piedmont High School in 1943 and UC Berkeley in 1947. In 1945 she met a recently returned WWll Army Air Corps veteran at the Cal Ski Lodge. She wasn’t a skier yet but the 12-hour train ride from Berkeley was worth it. Clark Burton asked her to dance, and 68 years later they danced their last dance at a big band dance in Murphys. Clark and Carol loved to dance and were well known as good dancers.
In their 68 years of marriage, they lived in Concord and San Francisco (Clark’s dental school 1954-58), and moved to Hathaway Pines in 1958. Clark (Dr. Burton) opened a dental practice in Altaville (then to Murphys).
In her younger days, while raising her family, Carol liked to hike, back- or donkey-pack, dance, ski, and bicycle tour in the U.S., Europe, New Zealand, and Britain. Later she learned watercolor from Dorner Schuler and enjoyed painting, showing her art, and spending time with her beloved artist friends.
Carol was preceded in death by her parents Jess and Chet Guild, her husband Clark Burton, their son Tom Burton, her brother Woody (Patty) Guild (died Nov. 12, 2018), her brother-in-law Doug (Cleo) Ellis and nephews David (Lisa) Ellis and Rob Burton. She leaves her sister Cleo Ellis, sister-in-law Patty Guild, children Nancy Burton (Angels Camp), Laurie (Brent) Corson (Sonora), Jim (Eva) Burton (Bear Valley), grandchildren Isis (Brian) Whitehead (Sonora) and Chris Corson (Sonora), Aaron(Nicole) Corson(Fresno); 3 nieces and a nephew, and 2 great grandsons. Carol also leaves behind many loving friends who will miss her smile, her quick wit, and her thoughtfulness.
A celebration of Carol’s life will be sometime in the spring.
Remembrances may be sent to First Congregational Church, Murphys, P.O. Box 48, Murphys, CA or the Calaveras Community Band, c/o Carol Thompson, 340 Tom Bell Rd., #258, Murphys, CA 95247.