EVANSVILLE — Vanessa Lynn Burton, 44, died of a sudden illness at 12:10 p.m. Wednesday at Deaconess Gateway Hospital in Evansville.
Born Dec. 13, 1969, in Washington, she was the daughter of James Keany Burton Sr., and Alice S. (Arnold) Burton Apple.
Vanessa attended The Hillcrest School in Vincennes until it closed and then Washington Community Schools where she graduated to Red Door Industries in Washington and then attended ARC of Evansville.
She had a love for basketball and animals and her favorite time of year was Christmas. Vanessa participated in many activities including Special Olympics. She was always happy and brought great joy to her family and friends. Vanessa was a member of the former St. Simon’s Church and has attended various churches since relocating to Evansville.
She is survived by her mother and her stepfather Gerald R. Apple of Jasper; two sisters, Robin (Tim) McDonald of Washington; Sarah (Robert) Timmons of Lafayette; and one brother, James Burton Jr. of Mount Vernon. Vanessa is also survived by five stepsisters, Lisa (Fred) Knebel of Jasper, Mary Jil (Phil) Beckman of Jasper, Michelle (Bill) Kress of Jasper, Linda (Allen) Huebner of Jasper, Staci (Eric) Smith of Holland; and two stepbrothers, Scott (Susie) Apple of Indianapolis, and Kevin Apple of Indianapolis; and many nieces and nephews. Vanessa will be missed by a very special extended family, her caregivers and friends at the Windemere Group Home in Evansville.
She is preceded in death by her father, James Keany Burton Sr.
The funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Ed Lee Mortuary, with Rev. Donald Ackerman officiating. Burial will be in Sugarland Memory Gardens.
Visitation is after 11 a.m. at the funeral home.
Memorials can be made to ARC of Evansville, P.O. Box 4089, Evansville, IN 47724.
Online condolence may be made at www.edleemortuary.com