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Lola May Burkey

April 25, 1920 March 4, 2013
Lola May Burkey
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Obituary for Lola May Burkey

Lola May Burkey, 92, died Monday, March 4, 2013, at Virginia Gay Nursing and Rehab in Vinton.
    A graveside service will be held 10:00 a.m. Friday, March 8, 2013, at the Garrison Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, March 7, at Van Steenhuyse-Russell Funeral Home in Vinton.
    Lola was born April 25, 1920, on a farm in rural Garrison, the daughter of Merton and Amanda Wood Allen. She attended country school near Garrison. Lola was a lifelong resident of Benton County.
    In 1938, Lola was united in marriage with Melvin Burkey, and the couple farmed in the Garrison/Vinton area until Melvin’s death at the age of 53 in 1971. She worked as a nurses’ aide at Sunnycrest Nursing Home in Dysart and as a cook at several restaurants.
    Lola is survived by one daughter, Beverly (Dennis Walters) Hopkins of Indianapolis, IN; daughter-in-law Judy Burkey of Vinton; 5 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Rachel Newton of Oregon.
    She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her son, Dwayne Burkey; one brother, Frank Allen; and one sister, Addie Newton.
    Memorial contributions may be directed to Virginia Gay Nursing and Rehab.


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