Mary Burton

Mary Louise Burton (Cayer)

Thursday, April 22nd, 2021
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Mary “Louise” (Cayer) Burton, 99, of Ashaway Road, Bradford, passed away at The Westerly Hospital on Thursday, April 22, 2021. She was the wife of the late Eric A. Burton.

Born in Alton, RI, she was the daughter of the late Joseph L. and Lumina Cayer.

Louise worked as a clerk for the Bradford Post Office for 14 years until her retirement in 1983 and had been previously employed at Chariho School in the school lunch program.
She was a devout communicant of Our Lady of Victory Church in Ashaway where she taught CCD for 35 years. Louise was also a very involved member of the Surfside 8 Dancers and Westerly Senior Song Birds. She enjoyed knitting, especially afghans for all her grandchildren.

She leaves two children, Bruce A Burton of Mystic and Brian J. Burton of Coventry; a brother Wilfred L. Cayer of Wakefield; sister Theresa Pharris of Westerly; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Louise was predeceased by her beloved son PFC Stephen E. Burton who died in Vietnam; her brothers, Wilfrid, Alfred, Paul and Joseph L. Cayer; and three sisters, Cecile O’Keefe, Bette Gerrish and Kit Gouvin.

Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday from 5-7pm at Gaffney-Dolan Funeral Home, 59 Spruce St., Westerly. Attendees will be required to follow guidelines for wearing masks, social distancing and capacity limitations of the funeral home, imposed by the Dept. of Health.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of Victory Church, 169 Main St., Ashaway at 11am on Wednesday, April 28. There is no procession to church from the funeral home. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery, Ashaway. For online condolences please visit

The Funeral Mass will be streamed live on Facebook. On the Our Lady of Victory Ashaway RI page on Facebook, click ‘Like’ and the stream of the mass should be visible.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, April 27th, 2021 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Tuesday, April 27th, 2021 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Gaffney-Dolan Funeral Home
    59 Spruce Street
    WESTERLY, RI 02891
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  • Service

    Wednesday, April 28th, 2021 | 11:00am
    Wednesday, April 28th, 2021 11:00am
    Our Lady of Victory Church
    169 Main Street
    ASHAWAY, RI 02804
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  • Interment

    Oak Grove Cemetery
    15 Cemetery Lane
    ASHAWAY, RI 02804
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Kathi Noonan

Posted at 11:07am
Louise: I owe you so much. You led a wonderful life and helped so very many people. God bless you, Louise,

Lynda Wright

Posted at 07:41am

Louise will be sorely missed. She always had a smile and a kind word. I admired her strength and her joy of life. RIP sweet lady. Thoughts and prayers for her family.

Pauline Gouvin

Posted at 09:41am
Always had a real smile and a hug for all the nieces and nephews whenever we got to meet. May her memory be a blessing.

Michael Dipollino

Posted at 08:44am
Sincere condolences to the entire Burton family on the passing of Mrs. Burton, may God have Mercy on her Soul and may she rest in the Peace of Christ. It has been a long time but she is now resting with her beloved son Steve and I am sure that he was waiting for her in Heaven. Prayers for the Burton family, here and deceased.

Michael Collins Posted at 10:18am

Reunited with her husband and son . What a great family.

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