Mary Ann (Smith) Burke
1943 - 2020
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WALKER – Mary Ann Burke, 77, of Walker passed away peacefully Sunday, August 30, 2020, at her home. Visitation will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, September 2, at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Center Point. There will be a private family funeral service, and burial will take place at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Walker. All guests are respectfully requested to wear a mask and practice social distancing.

Mary Ann was born August 26, 1943, in Urbana, Iowa, the daughter of Henry R. and Marcia E. (Ford) Smith. She graduated from Walker High School in 1961, and received her certificate in 1962 from Paris Academy of Beauty Culture. Mary Ann was united in marriage to Lawrence "Larry" J. Burke on August 18, 1962, at St. Matthew Catholic Church, Cedar Rapids. Throughout her life, she worked at Killian's Beauty Shop, Square D, owned and operated Mary Ann's Beauty Shop in Walker, and was a school bus driver for 22 years with the North Linn School District until her retirement in 2001.

Mary Ann enjoyed painting ceramics with her friends. She enjoyed keeping her home and yard meticulous. She also liked to travel and go shopping. Mary Ann cherished her family and always felt her greatest achievement was loving her children and beautiful grandchildren.

Survivors include her children, Shannon (Lori) Burke of Walker, Kelly (Scott) Avis of Walker, and Holly (Al) Rosauer of Brandon; seven grandchildren, Taylor, Connor, and Sydney Burke, Tyler and Tanner (Jessica) Avis, and Curtis and Leah Rosauer; two great-grandchildren, Ashton Avis and Averie Avis; two brothers-in-law, Mike McEnany and Bob Holland; four sisters-in-law, Jeanne (Bob) Ross, Kay Burke, Colleen Zangerle, and Peg Nims; and many nieces and nephews.

Mary Ann was preceded in death by Larry, her husband of 57 years, who passed away on March 11, 2020; her parents, Henry and Marcia; a sister, Bev McEnany; a granddaughter, Nicole Burke; three brothers-in-law, Richard (Lenora) Burke, Doug Zangerle, and Les Nims; and a sister-in-law, Thelma Holland.

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Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal on Aug. 31, 2020.
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September 2, 2020
My deepest sympathy in your loss of Mary Ann. We enjoyed so many good laughs and her good food at ceramics. I will miss her very much. She truly was a very special lady! May God comfort you at this time. Arlene
Arlene A Wiley
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