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Mrs. Marie Burke
March 17, 1931 ~ January 25, 2024 (age 92) 92 Years Old
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Marie Burke was born the fifth child of seven to Jack and Mary Moorer in McVeigh, KY on March 17, 1931. Her dad died while the kids were very young (he worked in the coal mine) so her mom moved the kids to Selma, AL. to be near her family (parents, siblings, cousins, etc) where Marie attended school and worked on the family farm.
At the age of 16, Marie moved to Dayton, OH where she lived with her older sister, Ruby Johnson. They worshipped at the Gard Ave Church of Christ (previously McCall Street) where she met Robert L. Burke whom she later married on his birthday, December 22, 1951. To this union they parented seven children. In 2015, they celebrated 64 years of marriage.
"Burke" as she compassionately called him departed this life a month later, January 26, 2016.
Marie worked as a domestic housekeeper for a family in Flint that grew to love her like she was part of their family. However, once her youngest started school she gained employment at General Motors Truck and Bus until her retirement, after 19 years of service, on 11/01/1991.
Marie was a faithful member of the Wayne Rd Church of Christ, and her attendance did not waiver until she became ill and was placed under hospice care until her death (3.5 years later). Marie was very actively involved in several ministries at each congregation where she worshipped. At the Carlysle Ave congregation she led the Soup Kitchen ministry where they fed the homeless in the area. She was also a part of the kitchen committee which made sense because she loved to cook and was known for baking some mean pound cakes. Those pound cakes came in handy during the many years she spent on the Patrons of Christian Education for SWCC. She sold many cakes (and dinners during lunch break while working at GM in Flint) to collect money for higher education at the historically black Christian college in Terrell, TX.
Marie was preceded in death by both parents, her husband, Robert Burke, her eldest son, Donald Burke, her daughter, Dannette Burke and her son in law, William Danny Harden Jr.. She was the last living child of Jack and Mary Moorer. She was the last surviving aunt on both the Moorer and Burke side of the family.
She leaves to cherish her memories 3 daughters: Doris Jean Harden of Flint, MI, Sheryl (Larry) Anderson of Westland, MI, Robin (Leonard) Mungo of West Bloomfield, MI. 2 sons: Patrick Burke Sr. of Canton, MI and Kalvin Burke of Westland, MI. Two daughters-in-law, Mary Burke of Flint, MI and Jeanette Burke of Inkster, MI. 22 grandchildren, 44 great grandchildren, 6 great-great grandchildren. One of two surviving first cousins, Audrey Mae Towns, that she loved dearly. A host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and close friends. Two special friends that came and sat with her weekly to help relieve the family and fill in the gap, Wilbie Cobb and Joanne Roberts. A special shout out to her granddaughter, Shalaunda Lockhart who was one of her primary caregivers.