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Elizabeth Rebecca Birdsong Burke

December 23, 1916 October 21, 2018
Elizabeth Rebecca Birdsong Burke
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Elizabeth Rebecca Birdsong Burke, born December 23, 1916 passed away October 21, 2018, just two months away from her 102nd birthday. She was born in Vicksburg, the daughter of John Thomas Birdsong and Marylu Walker Birdsong. While growing up she was a member of Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She had a happy life growing up on Clay Street in a house full of parents, sister and cousins taken in during the depression. In 2011, she wrote a book about her remarkable home life. She attended Vicksburg schools, graduating from Carr Central High School in 1935, attended All Saints College for two years, and graduated from Mississippi College for Women in 1940. She began her career working at J.D. Pond Accounting Company and Williams Wholesale Grocery Company in Vicksburg.
Elizabeth married William Ottis Burke (Bill) of Jackson, MS 1942. Bill was serving in the Army and just received orders sending him overseas to Europe. While Bill was serving in World War II, she worked at the Mississippi River Commission and Waterways Experiment Station. After Bill’s return in 1945, they moved to Jackson.
After raising her children to high school age, she began a second working career at Sander School and Willowood Development Center in 1962 and retiring after dedicating 19 years to teaching her wonderful children. While living in Jackson She was a member of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Bill, sister, Mary Lyerly Birdsong Duval of Vicksburg, and great granddaughter, Sadie Marie Campbell.
She is survived by her son, William Thomas (Bill) Burke and wife Jeanne of Jackson; daughter, Beverly Gail Burke and husband Richard Moffett of Murfreesboro, TN; grandchildren, Jennifer White of Winterpark, FL; Matthew Burke and wife Nancy of Plano, TX; Katy Burke Campbell and husband Chris of Franklin, TN; Lyerly Burke Christensen and husband Kenny of Hattiesburg, MS and five great grandchildren, Walker and Gracie Legler, Claire and Marleigh Christensen and Jesse Campbell.
Special thanks are given to the staff at Clinton Healthcare for kind and wonderful care during her four years as a resident.
Visitation beginning at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, October 25, 2018 at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church. A funeral service will begin at 11:00 a.m. Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Vicksburg, MS.
Memorials may be made to St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 621 Duling Avenue, Jackson, MS 39216.

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Visitation

Thursday

25

Oct

10:00 AM 10/25/2018 10:00:00 AM
St. Luke’s United Methodist Church

621 Duling Ave
Jackson, MS (601) 362-6381

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church
621 Duling Ave Jackson (601) 362-6381 MS
United States

Funeral Service

Thursday

25

Oct

11:00 AM 10/25/2018 11:00:00 AM
St. Luke’s United Methodist Church

621 Duling Ave
Jackson, MS (601) 362-6381

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church
621 Duling Ave Jackson (601) 362-6381 MS
United States

Graveside

Thursday

25

Oct

2:00 PM 10/25/2018 2:00:00 PM
Cedar Hill Cemetery

326 Lovers Lane
Vicksburg, MS (601) 634-4513

Cedar Hill Cemetery
326 Lovers Lane Vicksburg (601) 634-4513 MS
United States
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