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Originally published: 2013-01-21 16:19:20
Last modified: 2013-01-21 16:19:20

Mary Elizabeth Burleson

Mary Elizabeth “Lib” Burleson, 79, of Morganton, died Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013.

Born in Mitchell County, on Oct. 1, 1933, she was the daughter of the late Jeff Buchanan and Mae Cox Buchanan. Burleson was a member of Community Baptist Church.

She is survived by her sons, Van Burleson and his wife, Janie, Dale Burleson, Danny Burleson, and David Burleson, all of Morganton; a granddaughter, April Bridges and her husband, Alan, of Morganton; four granddaughters; and two siblings, Gusty Gross of Spruce Pine, and Jason Buchanan and his wife, Barbara, of Crossnore.

In addition to her parents, Burleson was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence Marlin Burleson; seven siblings; and a grandson, Alex Burleson.

The funeral will be held 12 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at Community Baptist Church with the Rev. Tony Land officiating. The family will receive friends at the church from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Burial will be held 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Pittman Cemetery in Newland.

Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family with the arrangements. Condolences may be made online at

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