Sheryl Ann Evans Burton was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on June 23, 1942, to Clarence Davis Evans and Marjorie Langton. Her family lived on the west side of Salt Lake City and she had a wonderful childhood growing up in the Riverside Stake.
When Sheryl was in junior high school she met Lawrence (Larry) Burton. The two became friends and then began dating while they attended West High School. In 1960 Sheryl moved with her parents to the Granger area. She attended the University of Utah and enjoyed poetry and creative writing. After high school Larry served a church mission to Australia and Sheryl waited for him. Larry and Sheryl were married in the Manti Temple on February 21, 1963.
Sheryl and Larry have two children, Suzanne Ohsiek (Kimball) and Kent Burton (Ann). They have six grandchildren, Stephanie Mitchell (Bowman), Ben Ohsiek (Violet), Megan Naidu (Avniel), Ryan Burton, Scott Burton (Hanna), and Tyler Burton. They also have nine great-grandchildren, Rayna, Danny, Maya, and Boone Mitchell, Leo Ohsiek, Amari, Aliyah and Shaneel Naidu, and Carly Burton.
Larry and Sheryl had a very special place in their hearts for all things Disney. Sheryl went to Disneyland for the first time not long after it opened in 1955. After that first visit, she was hooked. One of her greatest joys was taking her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren to visit Micky Mouse and the Magic Kingdom.
Sheryl worked for the Granite School District as an elementary school head secretary, first at West Kearns Elementary and later at Valley Crest Elementary. She enjoyed every aspect of her job and knew the name of every student in the school. She loved the kids and they loved her.
After she retired she continued to spend time in elementary schools as a Story Time volunteer. Sheryl read to several classes of students each week at Magna Elementary and at Elk Run Elementary. Her story times were legendary. She could read with great expression and had a talent for keeping the children hanging on every word. She put much thought into choosing stories that fit each season or that would help to teach life lessons. In 2016 she was awarded the Granite School District's Volunteer of the Year award.
Sheryl was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served faithfully throughout her life in many different callings, including Relief Society President, Primary President, and Sunday School teacher. She and Larry served a local mission working with the members at the Glendale Half Way House. When Larry was called to serve as a stake patriarch she served by his side as a scribe. Until July 2023 she was still serving as a Primary teacher, preparing wonderful lessons for the girls in her class.
Sheryl loved to read and she loved to work in her flower garden. She also really enjoyed working on puzzles. Her summer evenings were often spent sitting on her front porch, eating a shave ice and greeting neighbors as they walked by.
Sheryl was a thoughtful friend and neighbor. Many times she went out of her way to serve and help those around her. She was also a super grandma and her grandchildren can attest that she never forgot a birthday or holiday. She could always find the perfect card and made sure it would arrive right on time, covered in fun stickers.
Sheryl will be greatly missed, but we are comforted knowing that she has returned to her sweetheart Larry and her parents.
Sheryl's family thanks the members of the Ridgeland Ward for the service and love they have given to Sheryl and to our family.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, November 27, 2023, at 12:00 p.m. at the Ridgeland Ward, 4251 South 4800 West, West Valley City, Utah.
Friends may visit with the family on Sunday, November 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. at McDougal Funeral Home, 4330 S Redwood Road, Taylorsville, Utah and Monday from 11 to 11:30 a.m. at the church prior to the services.
Interment will be at the Valley View Cemetery following the funeral services.
The funeral services will be live streamed via Zoom at the link below: