Graveside services for Evelyn Katherine Burgess, 92, Harrison, Arkansas, formerly of Pomona, Missouri will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at Mt. Zion Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mrs. Burgess passed away at 1:03 a.m., Friday, 21, October, 2016 at her daughter, Karen Shipley’s home.
She was born January 27, 1924, at Pomona, Missouri, to Elmer and Olive Wood. She was united in marriage August 4, 1941 at Salem, Arkansas, to Lester O. Burgess, who preceded her in death on April 13, 2006. She was a homemaker, and enjoyed raising large gardens, canning the fruits and vegetables for the family. Mrs. Burgess loved to hand quilt, she could make the tiniest stitches and was a loving, caring person. Her children, family and friends will miss her. Evelyn accepted Christ and was baptized as a young girl and was a very active member in the church for many years at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church near Olden, Missouri.
She is survived by her six children, Betty Boyer, Apple Valley, California, Royce Burgess, Kathy Foster and Marvin Burgess and wife, Marla, all of Willow Springs, Missouri, Karen Shipley, Harrison, Arkansas and Keith Burgess and wife, Ernie, West Plains, Missouri; eleven grandchildren; eighteen great-grandchildren; four brothers, Kenneth Wood and wife, Ruth, West Plains, Neil Wood and wife, Edith, Willow Springs, Missouri, Junior Wood, Washington, Illinois and Raymond Wood and wife, Mildred, Pomona, Missouri; one sister, June Fitzpatrick, Wenatchee, Washington; and several nieces and nephews.
Her parents, husband, one son, Ronnie Dwayne Burgess, one granddaughter, Emily Nakata and one sister Virginia Rittmiller, precede her in death.
Mrs. Burgess will lie in state from 5:00 until 9:00 p.m., Monday, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Zion Church and Cemetery and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.