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Darlene Marie Burton

Darlene Marie Burton, age 84, of Ste. Genevieve, Missouri (formerly of Crystal City, Missouri) passed away Tuesday, January 30, 2024, at Ste. Genevieve Care Center.  She was born December 19, 1939 in Festus, Missouri, the daughter of the late Helen (nee Kempster) and Andrew Fred Heob, Jr

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her first husband Gerald L. Blechle; her second husband Clark M. Burton. She was also preceded in death by her brother Larry Heob.

She is survived by her daughters Kim (the late Dennis) Blechle Smith of Naples, Florida and Patricia (Mark) Burton Kelley of Ste. Genevieve; her sister Dorothy (Hans) Carney of St. Peters, Missouri, and her brother John (Sharon) Saunsaucie of High Ridge and sister Susan (Donald) Stephens of St. Louis, MO; grandchildren April (Ralph) Napier of Festus and Amanda (Patrick) Donnelly of Festus; great-grandchildren Madelyn Napier, Claire Napier, Alex Donnelly and Luke Donnelly, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Darlene led a simple life.  She loved her little yorkie, Baby.  She rooted for the St. Louis Cardinals and the Kansas City Chiefs, she also enjoyed watching college football and basketball.  She was a strong, faith-filled and generous woman.  Her love of Jesus and the Blessed Mother was demonstrated in her love and generosity towards others.  Darlene will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Darlene’s Graveside Services will be private.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Memorials in Darlene’s memory are preferred to either the Ozark Food Pantry, #1 Sunset Park, Festus, MO 63028, The Homeless Youth Initiative, 130 Brandon Wallace Way, Festus, MO 63028 or Masses.