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BURKE-WYRICK, Barbara Anne, 78, born in Longview, Texas, January 3, 1933, went home to the Lord, October 8, 2011. She was a resident of Sun City Center, Fla. She was the only daughter of Lawrence F. and Lillian Russell Burke. She passed in a Tampa hospital after a series of prolonged illnesses. She is survived by her loving husband of 16 years, Lt. Col. Donald M. Wyrick, U.S. Air Force retired; a younger brother, Dr. Larry R. Burke and his wife, Linda, of Nachitoches, La.; nephew, Dr. James B. Burke, his wife, Lynn, and their daughters, Emily and Amy of Shreveport, La.; and three nieces, Cathy Burke Sutton, her husband, Mark, and sons, Matthew and Marshall of Natchitoches, Barbara Burke Townsend and her children, Austin and Katherine of Shreveport, La., and Meredith Burke Needleman, her husband, Josh, and their children, Lake, Lucy Ray and Eloise of Dallas, Texas. There are three surviving step-children that Barbara adored, Jake of Las Vegas, Nev., Senior Master Sgt. Clint Wyrick, USAF, and Colonel (Dr.) Brett Wyrick, USAF; and seven step-grandchildren. Barbara spent her life career of 42 years as an elementary public school teacher and in the Department of Defense Dependent Overseas Schools (DoDDS), teaching the children of American military personnel stationed overseas. She retired in 1995 after having postings to France, Germany, Philippines and Japan. She was a dedicated educator who taught and instilled values and skills to hundreds of students who have subsequently gone on to serve humanity and their country. Funeral services will take place at 3 p.m. Saturday, October 15, 2011, at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 1239 Del Webb Boulevard West, Sun City Center. In lieu of flowers, Barbara requested donations be made to H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Research Center, 12902 USF Magnolia Drive, Tampa, FL 33612. Her achievements in life were many, her job well done, may she now rest in peace and the grace of God.

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Published in on Oct. 12, 2011
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