February 20, 1964 - January 30, 2023
Jacqueline Mary Burton was born February 20 , 1964 in Santa Monica, California to Frank and Virginia
(McCann) Burton, and left us on January 29, 2023 in Casa Grande, Arizona.
She is preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her spouse of over 14 years, Becky Knott, as
well as her three brothers Mark Burton (Dickie), John Burton (Cheryl) and Grant Burton, as well as
several loving nieces and nephews and a multitude of friends and neighbors.
Jacqueline was very proud of her dual citizenship in both Canada and the United States.
Anyone who knew Jacqueline always commented on how kind and generous she was with her time and
her talents. She was a talented and creative artist, who also enjoyed photography and ‘repurposing’
items that others had found no further use for. Although she grew up on the beaches of Southern
California, a self described ‘beach bum’ she found her own special slice of heaven far away from the
hustle and bustle of California, in the quiet peace of the Keweenaw Peninsula of Michigan’s Upper
Peninsula, right on Lake Superior. She always said as a child she had dreamed of having a house on the
water, but never even considered that house would be on the fresh water ‘inland ocean’ of Lake
Superior, rather than on the ocean that she had grown up with.
Jacqueline was passionate about educating people regarding mental illness, which she struggled with all
of her adult life. She felt it was important for people to know that she suffered from mental illness so
that they could put a face to the issue and not feel like it didn’t impact anyone that they knew. She was
also good about assisting others with mental illness in obtaining resources for their own battle.
She will be missed deeply by all who knew and loved her. We will all miss her quick smile and infectious
laugh as well as her willingness to listen and try to help make a difference.
Per Jacqueline’s wishes, there will be no official services. Instead please take a moment to remember
her in your own way, and / or with others who loved and cared for her.
If you wish to make a monetary donation, please donate in memory of Jacqueline to National Alliance
on Mental Illness (NAMI) at www.nami.org