Donna Susan Burnette van Wijk, 56, formerly of Bedford County, and most recently of Fredericksburg, passed away Sunday, June 16, 2013 in Lynchburg. She was born on Saturday, February 2, 1957, in Bedford County, a daughter of Sammy Adams Burnette, of Bedford, who survives and the late Monsey Lewis Burnette. After graduation, she attended Virginia Tech, then enlisted in the United States Navy, serving five years on the USS Emory S. Land. Her career as a Systems Analyst included work at WR Systems, British Aerospace Electronics and DCS. She enjoyed skiing, white water rafting, antiques, sewing and growing flowers.
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In addition to her mother, she is survived by her brothers, Mack Burnette and wife, Tammy, Monty Burnette and wife, Jo Ellen; a niece, Devon, and a nephew, Matthew.
Many thanks to her caregiver, Valerie Musgrove and Centra Hospice. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Centra Hospice, 2097 Langhorne Road, Lynchburg, VA 24501.
A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 22, 2013, at Pecks Baptist Church with the Rev. Bryan Sheehan and the Rev. Wayne Murphy officiating. The family will receive friends Saturday from 3 until 5 p.m. at the church. Arrangements are being handled by Updike Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Bedford.
Published in Roanoke Times on June 19, 2013