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Burgoyne, Elizabeth Marie (Betty)
With her family at her side, Elizabeth Marie Burgoyne passed away Monday, April 18, 2011. Elizabeth was born June 3, 1936 in Erie, PA, to Constantine and Sophie Brumboy. Elizabeth attended St. Mary's Grade School, St. Benedict's Academy and Mercyhurst College. On July 7, 1956, Elizabeth married Bernard Joseph Burgoyne at St. Mary's Church, Erie. They moved to Mesa, AZ in 1969. Always the student, Elizabeth received her Library Technician degree from Mesa Community College in 1975. From 1977-1981 she worked in Mesa Public Schools as a Library Technician. In 1992 she was awarded a Bachelor of General Studies degree from Northern Arizona University. She retired from a fifteen year career as a library assistant at Mesa Community College in 1996. Elizabeth was always involved in her church, community, and schools. She was active in the Arizona State Library Association, receiving the first ever Sharon G. Womack Outstanding Paraprofessional Award in 1994. After she retired, she volunteered with Mesa Public Library, Christ the King Catholic Church, as a mentor in Mesa Public Schools, participated in New Frontiers at MCC, tutored adults in English and participated in the Women's Health Initiative conducted by the Dept. of Health and Human Services. As a member of Friendship Forces, she opened her house and made longtime friends of visitors from other countries. Family, friends, traveling and books were her greatest loves. Elizabeth was always looking forward to showing out of town guests the charm of Arizona as well as learning as much as she could about the places she visited. An excellent photographer, she has many filled photo albums of travels and family events. Friends described her as always friendly, positive, caring, intelligent and a pleasure to be with. She was preceded in death by her husband Bernard, her parents, sister, and aunt. Surviving are her children Mary Beth Burgoyne (Ken Brockman), Brian Burgoyne (Kelley), Ellen Thiele (Mark), Ann Vigneux (Joseph), Joseph Burgoyne (Debbie), Patty Diedrick (Terry), sixteen grandchildren, one sister-in-law, one uncle, several nieces and nephews and many friends. Visitation will be held Monday, April 25, 2011 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. with Rosary recited at 7:00 p.m. at Queen of Heaven Mortuary Chapel 1562 E. Baseline Rd., Mesa, AZ 85204. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 26, 2011 at Christ the King Catholic Church, 1551 E. Dana Ave, Mesa, AZ, 85204 with burial to follow at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Donations may be made in Elizabeth's name to St. Vincent de Paul Society, Benedictine Sisters of Erie, PA, and St. Peregrine Shrine @ Christ the King Catholic Church. Arrangements entrusted to Queen of Heaven Mortuary.

Published in The Arizona Republic on Apr. 24, 2011
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