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Jennie V. Burton

d. January 10, 2022

Jennie V. Burton

Jennie V. Burton, 82, passed away on January 10, 2022, in Hershey, PA.

Jennie V. Burton was born on April 21, 1939 in Philadelphia, PA, to Joseph Hill and Johanna Hill. Education played a central role in her life. Jennie matriculated through the School District of Philadelphia, and graduated from Overbrook High School. She went on to earn a BA in Education from Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, a MA in Education from from Temple University, and a Post-Master Reading Specialist credential from University of Pennsylvania. After a brief tenure in the Camden School District, Jennie taught in the School District of Philadelphia for 33 years.

Jennie was a woman of faith, and dedicated her life to God at an early age. She was a life-long member of Church of God and Saints of Christ, where she was a Sister Elder and a member of the Trustee Board (GTT). Jennie also enjoyed singing alto in the choir, and spearheading Building Fundraising activities.

Jennie lost her mother at an early age, and helped her father take care of her younger siblings. As the oldest girl in a family of eight siblings, she remained close with her family throughout her life. Family and friends were always welcomed with the offer of a meal and great conversation.

Jennie married Joseph Burton on June 15, 1966. It was a grand affair that was covered in the Philadelphia Tribune. The couple had 1 child, Jenifer (Burton) Branca, of Harrisburg. . The family would often be found exploring museums in the Philadelphia area, fishing, and taking walks in Valley Green. Jennie loved baking, shopping, going to concerts, and going to Sixers games, with her daughter. Mother and daughter also shared a love of history, and traveled to Italy together. In her later years, Jennie lived with her daughter and son-in-law. She enjoyed displaying her knowledge about sports, and never missed watching her beloved Eagles, Phillies, and Sixers play.

Jennie was well known for serving her community. She was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. She was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, and Daughters of Isis. Jennie served for many years as Judge of Elections and rose to become a Democratic Committeewoman.

Jennie is survived by daughter Jenifer (Burton) Branca and son-in-law Michael (Jenifer) Branca; brothers Richard Hill, and James Hill; sisters-in-law Lois (Richard) Hill, Jennifer (James) Hill, Barbara Hill, Lucretia Hill; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Jennie is preceded in death by husband Joseph Burton; parents Joseph and Johanna Hill; brothers Joseph Hill William Hill, and Eugene Hill; sisters Juanita Faltz and Beatrice Miller, and brother-in-law James Faltz.

The virtual memorial service for Mrs. Jennie V. Burton will be held on Sunday, January 23 2022 at 1:00 pm via Zoom.

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