She graduated from Lincoln (Kansas) High School in 1936 and lived in both Salina, Kansas and Horton, Kansas, before moving to Deshler, Ohio in 1945. She was employed at the Deshler Flag as a word processor and writer of “Home Chats”, a local news column, for several years. After living in Holiday, Florida for 23 years in retirement, she returned to Ohio in 2007 and lived in the Abbewood Retirement Community in Elyria.
On a blind date she met Merritt Burke, a soldier stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas and married him on September 23, 1942. They were married over 56 years before his death in 1999.
Mrs. Burke was a member of First Congregational United Church of Christ in Elyria. In this and other churches, she participated in women’s fellowship groups, couples clubs, and sang in church choirs. She was a member of various community social clubs.
She is survived by her sons, Lynn (Charlotte) of Chesapeake, Virginia and Brian (Carol) of Wellington; grandchildren, Amy (Andrew) Hudepohl of Monroe, North Carlonia and Gary (Diane) Burke of Dallas, Texas; and four great grandchildren; she is also survived by brothers, Clarence “Whitey” Liggett of Australia, Earl (Arleta) Liggett of Salina, Kansas and Harry (Shirley) Liggett of Edmond, Oklahoma; sisters-in-law, Doris Liggett of Lincoln, Kansas and Nedra Burke of Encinitas, California; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and siblings, Thelma, Arthur and Ernest.
Services will be at 10 A.M., Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 330 Second Street, Elyria, with the Rev. Wayne Brass officiating. Burial will be at 3 P.M., Tuesday at Woodlawn Cemetery, Deshler, Ohio, with the Rev. Brian Burke officiating. The family will greet friends in Deshler at 3:30 P.M. at the First Presbyterian Church, 140 W. Maple St.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to First Congregational United Church of Christ or a charity of the donor’s choosing.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Dicken Funeral Home.