Nancy D. Burton

Nancy D. Burton, nee Dray, passed away recently after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. She was born in Boston to Gertrude and Michael Dray. Nancy graduated with a mathematics degree from Emmanuel College. She met her beloved husband Jack when they were both stationed in Germany working for the United States Army. Married in Boston in 1959, Nancy and Jack moved to the Chicago area shortly thereafter. They raised their four children on Kenilworth Avenue, where they lived until 2014. Nancy was a volunteer in numerous Elmhurst organizations.

Nancy was the beloved wife of the late Jack; loving mother of Michael (Sheila) Burton, Deidre (William) Weiler, Betsy (Christopher) Kelly and Megan (Mark) Polach; proud grandmother of Thomas, Molly and Caroline Burton; Nicholas and Daniel Weiler; Rachel and Sarah Kelly; and Amanda and Keira Polach; dear sister of Betsey Falvey and the late Robert and Richard Dray; and a friend to many. Nancy will always be remembered for her upbeat personality, thoughtfulness, and ability to go out of her way to greet anyone, even a stranger, to brighten their day. Her spirit will live on in all those she touched. Her contagious sparkle and smile will be missed by many.

Visitation will be on Friday, March 2, 2018, from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m., at Gibbons Funeral Home, 134 South York Road. Friends and family will meet for a Mass of Christian Burial, Saturday, March 3, 2018, 9:30 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 134 Arthur St, Elmhurst. Interment will follow at the Chapel Hill Gardens West Cemetery in Oakbrook Terrace. In lieu of flowers, donations would be greatly appreciated to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, 60601. In honor of Nancy, please do a random act of kindness to brighten someone’s day. For more information, please call (630) 832-0018 or visit


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