PROVO — Vonnie Jensen Burton passed away Oct. 24, 2019, after a courageous battle with cancer. Vonnie was born in Salina, June 12, 1945, to Ronald F. and Melba Bagley Jensen and grew up in Richfield. She attended Richfield High School where she was active in student government, pep club and drama, playing the leading roll in many musical productions. After graduation, she attended Snow College and continued participating in the drama department’s musicals and plays. She was the AWS President, crowned Miss Snow College and graduated with an Associate’s degree. She continued her education at Brigham Young University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education and Drama.
Vonnie was employed by the Nebo School District for 41 years teaching English, Speech, and Drama at Springville Junior High. She was an excellent teacher, very devoted, and loved writing and directing the school’s plays and assemblies. She especially enjoyed working with the students to develop their talents, self-confidence and interest in drama. Many students loved her as their “favorite” teacher.
In July 1995, Vonnie married Carlyle S. Burton. They shared a fun and loving relationship until he passed away in September of 2009. Vonnie was multi-talented and shared her talents to not only improve her life but the lives of those she taught and associated with. She loved singing and performing in musicals and plays, playing the violin, and was an excellent artist. Vonnie was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and demonstrated a great love for her Savior by using her many talents to serve others and in her various callings.
Vonnie is survived by her siblings, Merrill Jensen, Randall (Valerie) Jensen, Voneene (Michael) Jorgensen and Janet Thorpe. Vonnie was a special aunt to many nieces and nephews.
Vonnie was preceded in death by her loving husband and parents.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Nov. 2, at 11 a.m., with a viewing from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m., at Nelson Family Mortuary located at 4780 North University Avenue in Provo. Interment will be at the Richfield Cemetery located at 780 North Main Street in Richfield at 4 p.m.