Letty Ray Bailey Burton, 78, of Monticello, passed away October 26, 2020, at her home.
She was born September 21, 1942, in the Corinth community in Bradley County to the late John Sanford Bailey, Sr. and Jeanetta Rabalais Bailey.
She was a retired Drew Central school teacher and a member of the First Assembly of God Church.
Mrs. Burton was a graduate of Warren High School and the University of Arkansas at Monticello and Arkansas State University where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She also had 24 hours toward her master’s degree. Her teaching career spanned 37 years; she taught in Malden, Missouri, Bloomfield, Missouri, Drew Central, and Grace Christian Academy.
Mrs. Burton loved bird watching, growing flowers, or just about anything outdoors. She loved taking care of children, older people, and dogs; however, her greatest love was her grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by a brother, John S. Bailey, Jr.; a sister, Glenda Nell Bailey Glennon; and two brothers that died in infancy, Fred and Charles.
Survivors include her husband of 32 years, Dennis Burton of Monticello; three sons, David Alan Smollen II, Robin Christopher Smollen and Paul Dana Smollen; two daughters, Lynne Marie Smollen and Sara Louise Smollen; 14 grandchildren, Christopher Smollen, Lauren and Erin Smollen, Kaylee VanHise, Kara Smollen, Ian Smollen, Kennedy Davis, Bailey Davis, Nathaniel Hobbs, Wyatt Alpers, Cade Alpers, Jackson Tinker, Gabriel Tinker and Adam Tinker; three great-grandchildren, Elliot Roberts, Violet Roberts, and Mable Roberts; along with several special nieces and nephews.
A memorial service honoring her life will be held Saturday, October 31, at 1 p.m. at Pauline Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Kevin Dunn officiating. Covid-19 guidelines will be followed.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Second Chance Fur Dogs, Hope Place, and the library at Drew Central.