Jo was united in marriage to David Harris Burton on September 13, 1957. To this union was born three sons, David, Jon, and Melvin.
Jo came to know the Lord at an early age and served Him faithfully for her lifetime. She was a homemaker, blessed with a voice to praise her Lord. She sang in many choirs, including the Missouri Music Makers in Jefferson City. She led many choirs, taught voice, and later learned sign language to include all in praising God. She was an accomplished musician, taught piano lessons, and played many instruments. Mission trips to Mexico were on her schedule for several years, one trip lasting five weeks, where she taught quilt making to the ladies of the region.
Jo was a gifted artist, painting portraits, landscapes, and many memories for all. She had art students at her church, First Baptist Church of Arnold in Arnold, Missouri, where she taught members and home schooled students. After moving to Cabool, Missouri, she taught music and art to friends and students in Cabool and Springfield, Missouri.
Jo served as a grandma at Cabool Elementary School in Anne Longwell’s first grade class. She so enjoyed the children and the opportunity to be a part of their lives.
Jo was a supporter of the STARS organization in Cabool, serving on the board, and teaching classes as needed.
Jo was a member of the hand bell choir at First Baptist Church of Arnold. After much prayer, and with the help of very generous friends, she started a hand bell choir at her home church, First Baptist Church of Cabool.
Her loving husband, David, her parents, and a sister, Betty Genderon, preceded Gwendolyn in death.
Jo leaves three sons, David of Eureka, Missouri, Jon and wife Linda of Naples, Florida, and Melvin and wife Anita, of Ballwin, Missouri; a brother-in-law, Dan and wife Vi Burton of St. Clair, Missouri; grandchildren Jimmy and wife Tessa, Cecilia, and Mikaylah of St. Louis, Missouri, Matthew, and Nathan of Naples, Florida, and Katie, Emily, and Jack of St. Louis; great-grandchild Timothy of St. Louis; and a host of other family and friends.
Graveside services will be held at Jefferson Barracks Memorial in St. Louis, Missouri, on November 7, 2014, at 12:45 p.m.
A memorial service will be held at First Baptist Church, November 9, 2014, at 3:00 p.m.