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Dorcas "Ann" Cunningham Burrus died on Sunday, May 8, 2011, at the age of 80 in New Braunfels, Texas. She was born February 23, 1931, in Houston, Texas, to Dr. Jesse Stier Cunningham and Dorcas Aline Taylor Cunningham. Ann graduated from Lamar High School, Class of 1949, and attended Mount Vernon College and Southern Methodist University, completing her degree at the University of Houston. She married Swan Thomas Burrus on November 6, 1954, at Trinity Episcopal Church in Houston. Her life revolved around her family and friends, and she was also a dedicated homemaker, volunteer extraordinaire, dietitian, quilter and quilt shop owner, teacher, room mother and Girl Scout leader. She and Tom shared many amazing travels around the world, and she loved the San Antonio Spurs, was an inaugural season ticket holder of the San Antonio Silver Stars and sat through more than 50 years of University of Texas Longhorn football games at her husband's side. Ann was a most gracious hostess, in the best Southern tradition and was very proud of her Scottish heritage, her Texas roots, her years growing up in Houston, summers spent at Camp Waldemar and her family. She was a 60-year member of Delta Gamma; member and volunteer, St. John's Episcopal Church; Ferdinand Lindheimer Chapter, Daughters of the Republic of Texas; Capt. James Jack Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution; American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences and Home Economists in Homemaking; The Gay Forties Club; New Braunfels Service League; Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture; Garden Club; Red Cross; March of Dimes and the New Braunfels Area Quilt Guild. Awaiting her in heaven are her parents, brother Dr. James Stier Cunningham and sisters-in-law Lois Barras Cunningham and Kay Boldt Burrus, and dear friend Rosemary Ward. Ann is survived by her husband, daughters Amanda Burrus Talaat and Mary Burrus Langford, and granddaughters Susannah Talaat Russell and husband Jeff, Sarah Taylor Talaat and Allison Elizabeth Langford, brother-in-law Bob J. Burrus, her nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and the "Kindergarten Class" - Cacilie Daily, JoAnn Patrick, Diane Langwith, Martha Wilson, Helen Cates, Delie Reid, Dorothy Powell, Martha Strawn, Mary Hardin Morrissey and Ellen Rosson, and her three godchildren. Following a private burial, a memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 28, 2011, at 11 a.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church, 312 S. Guenther, New Braunfels, Texas, 78130. If you so desire, the family suggests memorial contributions in Ann's name to St. John's Episcopal Church,
STAR Chapter, 7400 Louis Pasteur Dr., San Antonio, TX, 78229, or the charity of your choice, in lieu of flowers.
Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home
New Braunfels, TX
Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home - New Braunfels
189 N Seguin Avenue
New Braunfels, TX 78130
Published in Express-News on May 11, 2011