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Mildred Allen Burton

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May 10, 1931 — Feb. 8, 2019

ELM CITY — Mildred Allen Burton, 87, went to her heavenly home on Feb. 8, 2019 at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville with family nearby celebrating her life.

A visitation will be held from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Monday at Wilson Memorial Service. The funeral will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11 at Mount Zion Methodist Church, 5326 London Church Road, Elm City. The Rev. Drew Hellams will be officiating. The family will be gathering at the home of Cathy Speight.

Mildred was born May 10, 1931 to Norman and Dida Barnes Allen and was a graduate of Black Creek School. She had a lifelong enjoyment of sports, bowling and playing basketball and softball. As a mother, she was known to provide a playground for the kids in her backyard of the Speight Town neighborhood. However, she was best defined by her love of family and friends for the many people who knew her as Millie, Mom, Granma, Gi-Gi and Me-Me.

For the past few years, Mildred lived on Pridgen Road and was a member of Mount Zion Methodist Church.

Ms. Burton is survived by her daughters, Cathy Speight of Elm City and Dale Speight (K.K.) of Wilson; and her son, Bob Speight (Ellen) of Winterville. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Trisha Bass of Wilson, Sarah Wilson of Elm City, Jen Flanagan (John) of Raleigh, Mary Speight of Austin, Texas, Capt. Joseph Speight of Fort Polk, Louisiana, Eric Lopez (Rochelle) of Lehi, Utah, Erin Merrill (Dallin) of Manassas, Virginia, Katie O’Conner of Houston, Texas and Jeremy Lopez of Corpus Christi, Texas; as well as her seven great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Margie Speight of Niceville, Florida; and her sister, Lane Strickland of Wilson.

Mildred was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Lt. Col. (Ret.) Joseph Allen “Al” Speight; sisters, Shirley Collier and Helen Matthews; and brothers, Kenneth Allen and Ray Allen.

The family would like to thank Dr. Richard Burdick and staff for many years of care as well as the many kind members of her Vidant Palliative Care team.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Mount Zion Methodist Church, 5326 London Church Road, Elm City, NC 27822.

Arrangements are by Wilson Memorial Service, 2811 Fieldstream Drive N., Wilson, www.wilsonmemorialservice.com.