Vanessa Lynn Burton, age 44, ov Evansville, and a former Washington resident, died of a sudden illness at 12:10 p.m. Wednesday, at Deaconess Gateway Hospital in Evansville. She was born in Washington, December 13, 1969, 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.
Vanessa 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, Alice and Gerald R. Apple of Jasper; two sisters, Robin (Tom) McDonald of Washington; and Sarah (Robert) Timmons of Lafayette; a brother, James Burton Jr. of Mount Vernon; 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; 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 was preceded in death by her father, James Keany Burton Sr. Funeral services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, at the Ed Lee Mortuary, with Rev. Donald Ackerman officiating. Burial will be in Sugarland Memory Gardens. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Saturday, from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service. Memorials can be made to ARC of Evansville, P.O. Box 4089, Evansville, IN 47724. Online condolence may be made at www.edleemortuary.com