Pauline Burton RIP

Pauline was educated at St Paul’s Convent Birmingham and the Agricultural College, Penkridge, Staffordshire, and for a time she and her husband David farmed near Sutton on Sea, Lincolnshire before David took over the family engineering firm.

Pauline was an outstanding Lay Dominican. When David retired, they sailed their own boat to the Caribbean and worked as catechists  with the Dominican Sisters on St Lucia. Returning to Brixham, inspired by Sylvia Spice, they joined the Marychurch Lay Dominican Fraternity, and here they first met Mary Regan. They moved back to their native West Midlands and transferred to Leicester Fraternity. They always attended Congress, thoroughly enjoying being with fellow lays for a few days in community, organising raffles, bookstalls, auctions, running the bar, and did more than their fair share of washing up.  They were great supporters of the Leicester Open Discussion Days, bankrolling them very discreetly.  They never missed Fraternity Retreats, and  even stayed in their campervan once at Maryvale in order to participate.

Family was at the heart of their faith and they were deeply affected by the premature death of one of their sons. In her widowhood Pauline, as a good lay, belonged to her parish Scripture Group, involved herself with ecumenical activity and was a guide at the Throckmorton House, Coughton Court, associated with recusancy and the Gunpowder Plot. Eventually she was unable to travel to Leicester, so was delighted over the past few months to rejoin the community by zoom.

Pauline not only studied and prayed but also acted (preached)  –  a true Lay Dominican right to the end.  May she rest in peace and join David in their eternal reward.

Janet & Patrick Doyle (Leicester)