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Originally published: 2013-09-23 11:31:01
Last modified: 2013-09-23 11:31:46

Ella Mae Burleson

The much beloved Ella Mae Burleson went home to meet her Lord on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, at the age of 100, having been born on Sept. 12, 1913.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Doyle James Burleson, and daughter, Jean Feigley.

She is survived by her children Genevieve Clemens, Round Hill, Va.; Anna Aldridge, Wilkesboro; Millie Renfro, Newland; Wayne Burleson, Herndon, Va.; and Donna Clark, Newland. Also surviving are 12 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, eight great-great-grandchildren, four sisters, one brother, and many nieces and nephews.

Burleson was a life-long resident of Avery County and a long-time member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, Newland. She was known as a hardworking woman all her life, deeply devoted and committed to God and to her family. In addition to the deep love she had for God and her family, she found great joy and satisfaction in her vegetable garden, and was especially known for the beautiful tomatoes and potatoes she grew along with many other vegetables.

Visitation and viewing were held 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, at the Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home, Newland. A memorial service immediately followed the time of visitation at 8pm.

Interment was at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, at the Burleson Cemetery located on Spanish Oak Road, Newland. The Rev. Tony Clark officiated.

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Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home of Newland is serving the Burleson family.

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