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Molly Evalena Burnett(1918 - 2013)

Molly Evalena (Outlaw) Burnett, 94, of Orlando/Cocoa, passed peacefully to be with her Lord March 24, 2013, with her family at her bedside. Evalena was born in Jacksonville, Fla., Dec. 18, 1918, to Hammitt D. and Daisy Rebecca Outlaw. She grew up in Sumter County where her parents were among the early settlers in Mabel along with her beloved sisters and brothers. She married Marvin Merle Burnett on March 1, 1942, in Lake City and they remained happily wed until his death Sept. 20, 1973. Evalena enjoyed retirement after 25 years of service as a school bus driver with Orange County, where she was much loved and respected by the students. She fulfilled her life with world travel, gardening, and most importantly, as matriarch and mentor to her family. She was an active member with Delaney Street Baptist Church since the 1950;s until her move to Cocoa in 2007 to be under the loving care of daughter and son-in-law, Becky and Wayne Sanders. Her greatest joys in life were serving others and fellowship with family. Left to cherish her memory are her children, Phil Burnett (Billie Rae) of Baton Rouge, Kay Mazak (Paul) of Center Hill, Becky Sanders (Wayne) of Cocoa, Harvey Burnett (Jill) of Orlando, Tonya Koch (Ken) of Inverness, and Robin Burnett of Ormond Beach; 14 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. The family will hold a visitation at Linden Baptist Church, 4344 S.R. 50, Webster, 10 a.m. Thursday, March 28, 2013 with services following at 11. Interment will be at Linden Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Delaney Street Baptist Church, 1919 S. Delaney St., Orlando, FL 32806; or Linden Baptist Church. Arrangements by Dobbs Funeral Home, Orlando. Online condolences, www.dobbsfuneralhome.com.
Published in Sumter County Times on Mar. 28, 2013
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