Edith Louise Burnett of Bourbon, Missouri was born on February 5, 1932 in Leasburg, Missouri to Walter H. and Viola (Hamlin) Richters and passed away Friday, July 26, 2019 at the age of 87 years.
She lived her early years in Steelville, Missouri, before moving to their home in the Forest Hill area. Edith graduated from Bourbon High School in 1950 and worked at the Bank of Bourbon.
Edith married Melvin Erni Burnett in June 1951. They lived their entire life on their farm in Bourbon, Missouri and were married 60 years when Melvin passed away.
Edith worked as a bookkeeper in the office of the local Chrysler car dealership until her retirement. However, her passion was her work and affiliation with the Order of Eastern Star, of which she was a 50-year member. She began her progression in the Sullivan Chapter and was elevated thru Missouri Grand Chapter becoming Worthy Grand Matron of the state of Missouri in 1986. Edith loved her home and farm and liked naming the calves. She helped in many ways with the farm operations.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin Erni Burnett; two sons, Thomas A. Burnett and Richard I. Burnett; parents, Walter and Viola Richters; one sister, Carole Sue Bandy; and one son-in-law, Gary L. Cunningham.
She is survived by two daughters, Gay Cunningham and significant other Ross Pulvere of Saint George, Utah and Deborah Sampson and husband, Dennis of Salem, Illinois; five grandchildren, Christopher Cunningham of Park City, Utah, Clayton Cunningham of Kenai, Alaska, Darren Dwyer of Salem, Illinois, Derek Burnett and wife Madison of Kansas City, Kansas and Madeline Burnett of Springfield, Missouri; one great grandchild, Haiden Cunningham of Park City, Utah; other relatives and friends.
Visitation was held from 4:30-8 p.m. on Monday, July 29, 2019 at the Eaton Funeral Home in Sullivan, Missouri.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at the Eaton Funeral Home in Sullivan, Missouri with Pastor Ed Carter officiating.
Burial followed in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Sullivan, Missouri.
Arrangements under the direction of the Eaton Funeral Home of Sullivan, Missouri.