Mary Palmer Burnett Mary Palmer Burnett, 76, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, in the loving care of Hospice and the staff of Charlottesville Health and Rehabilitation Center in Charlottesville. She leaves behind her husband of 53 years, Robert H. Burnett Sr.; two living children, Virginia Burnett Garris and family of Charleston, South Carolina, and Robert H Burnett Jr. of Cranfrord, New Jersey; a brother, John C. Palmer and family of Purcellville; and a sister, Kate Andrews and family of Gastonia, North Carolina. A third child, Elizabeth Burnett Surdoval, died in December 2007. Mary was born on July 19, 1936, in the family home (Glenville) near The Plains, Virginia, and grew up there and later in Arlington, Virginia. Following graduation from high school and secretarial college she was employed by US News and World Report later becoming Administrative Assistant to the Executive Editor. While there she met her future husband and a year later they were married in Fulda, Germany, where he was serving in the United States Army on border duty. They returned home in September, 1962, with daughter, Ginny and separated from the military service in order to begin a civilian career as a chemical engineer. This profession brought them to a number of interesting places including New Jersey, Brussels, Detroit, California, Charlotte, North Carolina, and back to New Jersey for 18 years. By then the family numbered five and in 2000 Mary joined Bob in retirement and moved to Glenmore in Keswick, Virginia. Mary was a fantastic mother and a wonderful cook who also happened to be an excellent tennis player. She enjoyed extensive worldwide travel through her husband's work but really found peace and contentment in her cottage home in Glenmore. The family would like to thank our home care aide Natasha Beverly and all those who helped make Mary's last years enjoyable. A memorial service will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 16, 2013, at Grace Episcopal Church in Keswick with the Reverend Randy Haycock officiating. Interment of Mary's cremains will follow at the Grace Episcopal Church Memorial Garden. In lieu of flowers, we suggest contributions in her name be made to the Hospice of the Piedmont, 675 Peter Jefferson Parkway, Suite 300, Charlottesville, Virginia 22911, www.hopva.org
Hill and Wood Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
This obituary was originally published in the Daily Progress.