Eileen M. Burton, 90, of Centerville, died peacefully Sunday, November 4th at Cape Regency in Centerville, after a period of failing health. She was the beloved wife of the late Richard C. Burton, who died in 1986.
Born and raised in the Bronx, NY., the daughter of the late John and Catherine (Masterson) Doody. Eileen also lived on Long Island, NY; Richmond, VA.; and for many years in Milford, CT, and moved to Cape Cod in 1985, residing in Hyannis and Osterville.


She attended Hunter College in New York City and worked for many years as a secretary and later in sales. She was a formidable saleswoman, winning many awards, and her home was filled with furniture, appliances and other merchandise she earned as a top sales producer.
She loved to perform onstage. She sang in Manhattan nightclubs, recorded albums of sacred music with the St. Hugh’s Choir on Long Island and appeared in many summer stock theater productions. It was during one of those productions that she met her husband, the love of her life.
They were a deeply devoted couple who always stood up for each other. She would never consider remarrying after his death. They married in 1952 and had three children.
Eileen never minded the old adage that politics and religion were two topics to avoid. That was all she wanted to talk about. She was an opinionated, stubborn Irish woman who backed up her talk with hard work. She volunteered for several political campaigns and was extremely active in every church parish in which she lived, working on many committees and teaching CCD classes.
She was awarded a Marian Medal by the Fall River Diocese for her dedication to the church when she was a member of Our Lady of Victory Parish in Centerville.
Always supportive of veteran’s issues, she was extremely proud of her father, John C. Doody, a Marine corporal awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and the Navy Cross for heroism in World War I. She was also the daughter of Catherine (Masterson) Doody.
She was an avid swimmer and an animal lover, taking in many stray cats and dogs through the years, to the consternation of her husband.
She is survived by two sons, Richard P. Burton of Dorchester and Joseph G. Burton of Milford, CT; one daughter, Margaret A. “Meg” Burton of Cotuit; five grandchildren, Sean Henry of Arlington, Kevin Henry of Centerville, Cole Burton of Somerville, Brett Burton of Allston and Michaela Burton of South Weymouth; and several cousins.
Visiting hours will be held Wednesday, November 7th from 4-8pm in the John-Lawrence Funeral Home, 3778 Falmouth Rd. (Rte.28), Marstons Mills. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday, November 8th at 10am in Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 76 Wianno Ave., Osterville, followed by burial in Hillside Cemetery, Old Mill Rd., Osterville.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Catholic Charities, P.O. Box 1470, Fall River, MA 02722 or to the Wounded Warrior Project at woundedwarriorproject.org.
For on line guest book and directions, please visit www.johnlawrencefuneralhome.com.