Obituary for Betty Burke

Betty Burke passed away quietly on her 75th birthday on July 4, 2019, at her home in Jordan.

A garden celebration honoring Bettys life will be held on Saturday, July 13, at the family's home, surrounded by her beloved flower gardens. Jean Breeggemann will be the Life Tribute Specialist. Memorials are preferred and will be distributed in Bettys memory, by the family. A private family interment will be held at a later date.

On the Fourth of July of 1944, in Charles City, IA, Betty Rae was born. She was the second of two daughters, of Alfred Bud and Irene (Steppler) Freebury. For many years, Betty was raised on a farm, although her parents needed to downsize, in order to pay for her sisters medical care. Despite the family's challenges at an early age, Betty took these experiences and formed a solid foundation, which carried her through life.

Betty graduated from Osage High School in 1961. She furthered her education at University of Iowa, where she obtained a degree in Education. In her later years, Betty went on to achieve a masters degree, as well. She taught all over the country and throughout her career, Betty touched all 12 grades. She was an amazing teacher, with spending most of her time teaching 8th grade language arts and gifted children. Due to Betty's health, she retired much sooner than wanted.

While attending college, Betty went on a blind date with Dale Hamilton Burke. It was love at first sight. With their loving flourishing, Betty and Dale were married on December 28, 1963 in Osage, IA. They were blessed with three sons in three years, Calvin, David and Samuel. The Burke family moved over 20 times, due to Dale's career in the railroad. Betty never complained about another move, but instead enjoyed exploring and learning about the area history. Each move was another adventure!

Betty's greatest passion in life was being a wife, mother and grandmother. Her other passions were gardening and interior decorating. Betty spent countless hours designing, planting and tending to her many flower gardens, throughout life. In 2002, Betty and Dale built a home in Jordan. She took so much pride in designing this home making it handicapped accessible. But it was Bettys vision in the landscaping and flower gardens surrounding the home, that captured her true heart.

Betty excelled at life. She was an amazing cook, an avid reader, the family's historian and enjoyed watching the Voice in recent years. Betty had a heart of gold for all animals, especially for the birds. She enjoyed collecting antiques and created the most amazing holidays, especially Christmas, for the family. Bettys life was enriched once again, when she became a grandma. She relished being surrounded by them and loved each one unconditionally.

In 1980, Betty was diagnosed with syringomyelia. She knew as the disease progressed, her mobility would decrease, and life would become more challenging. Betty never dwelled on what she could not do, rather being creative on how to accommodate her disability, into her life. Betty remained strong and persevered. From her humbling beginnings in life, Betty remained grounded. It was through her deep Christian values and conduct; Betty was able to touch so many lives, each in a special way.

The amazing legacy of Betty now lives on in the hearts of those she loved the most, husband of 55 years, Dale: sons, Calvin Burke, David (Isabell) Burke, Samuel (Ann) Burke; grandchildren, Shealynn Burke, Taya Burke, Jack Burke, Savannah Burke, Olivia Burke; other relatives and friends.

There to greet Betty home in heaven are her parents, Bud and Irene and sister, Wilma Freebury.

Ballard-Sunder Funeral and Cremation

proudly served and cared for the Burke family.


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