Venita Barton Dean
Venita was born in Leachville, Arkansas on March 17, 1931. Dear daughter of the late John Henry and Matrey Molly (nee Bruce) Chipman. The beloved wife of the late Lonnie Lee Barton. She passed away March 10, 2015 at the West County Care Center at the age of 83. Dear Mother of Brenda Michel of St. Louis, Daryl L. Barton of Van Buren, Lonnie and Janice Barton of Galena, Shirley and Art Morrison of St. Louis, Wilma and Joe Dirkers of St. Louis, Laura and Heriem Johnson of St. Louis, Donna Barton of St. Louis, Frances and James Beard of Bonne Terre, and the late Connie Barton (deceased 2009) and Donald Barton (deceased 2103). Dear Grandmother of Lonnie Scott Barton, Stephanie Kelly, Shelley Goulson, Scott Joseph, Shaun Dotson, Leslie Ivy, Shannon Ivy, Olivia Barton, Samuel Jefferson, Wendy Beard, James Beard, Cynthia Wilcox, Kellie Null, Christopher Barton, Michael Barton, Alex Barton, Aaron Barton, and the late Benjamin Michel (deceased 2011), Randy Barton (deceased 2011) amd Brad Barton (deceased 2007). Dear Great Grandmother of forty four and Great Great Grandmother of one. Dear Sister of Wilma Grooms of California, Lloyd and Sercey Chipman of Orlando, Florida, Alice Looney of Van Buren, and Josephine Ward of Hot Springs, Arkansas.
Venita was a member of the Van Buren Baptist Church, DAVA Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary, South Side Coalition, the first president of the Lafayette Square Restoration Association, and the the first paid crossing guard.