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Eleanor Lester Burkett


ELEANOR LESTER BURKETT, age 93, passed away Friday, December 18, 2020 at Francis Marion Manor, Marion, Va..

She was a loving wife, daughter, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Eleanor graduated from Rich Valley High School in 1944 and came to Marion at age 16 to begin her work opportunities. She was employed by the Office of Price Administration better known as the Rationing Board until the end of World War II. She also worked as office manager of Marion Laundry Company and retired from Southwestern Mental Health Institute in 1992. Eleanor was a long time devoted and active member of Ebenezer Lutheran Church where she served on Church Council and numerous other positions. She was active in many community volunteer positions and was very much a people person leaving behind many friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John William Burkett in 1963, her mother Annie Marie Clear Lester and her father, Brady B. Lester.

Eleanor is survived by three daughters, Suzanne Jennings and husband, Dick of Marion, Brenda Anderson and husband, Bruce of St. Paul, Minnesota, and Lynn Null and husband, Rick of Marion; six grandchildren, Jonathan Jennings and wife, Samantha of Washougal, Washington, Chad Anderson and wife, Jennifer of Eagan, Minnesota, John Anderson of Bloomington, Minnesota, Luke Anderson and wife, Stacy of Edina, Minnesota, Nicki Peake and husband, David of Christiansburg, Virginia and Tyler Null and special friend, Kathy Breedlove of Tarpon Springs, Florida; and 13 great-grandchildren.

The family would like to say a special thank you to all the loving and caring staff at Francis Marion Manor for being her extended family for nearly 2 years.

Due to the COVID outbreak, funeral services will be held at a later date when Ebenezer Lutheran Church can safely have in-house services. Eleanor loved her church and wanted her funeral to only be held there.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Ebenezer Lutheran Church, PO Box 1799, Marion VA 24354.

To share memories of Eleanor Lester Burkett please visit www.seaverbrown.com. Care for Eleanor’s family has been entrusted to Seaver-Brown Funeral Service & Crematory, 237 East Main Street, Marion, Va. 24354.

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Eleanor was a great friend of mine in English Meadows. I really wanted to visit her in Marion but the Covid-19 prevented. I am so sorry for your loss.

Joan Mullin Oct 30 2021 12:00 AM

By chance I saw this announcement and photo of Mrs. Burkett and recognized the lady in the photo...the mother of friends and back-door neighbor in the 1950s. I moved away when Lynn was still a baby. But I have sweet, fun memories of your family, your lovely home and yard, your swingset, and your faithful, hardworking parents. I'm delighted to know that Mrs. Burkett had a good long life to share with her girls. Blessings to all of you, Harriet Harris Greaney, Dallas,TX

Harriet Harris Greaney Jan 4 2021 12:00 AM

Your mother was so dear to me. She was a good friend of my mother, Elizabeth Cunningham, at English Meadows. Mom loved Eleanor so much. Mrs Cunningham passed away December 12 at age 98 and I know they are hugging each other right now. So sorry for your loss. I will cherish her memory forever.

Judy Runge Dec 21 2020 12:00 AM

With our Sympathy, mike & teresa...

mike snavely Dec 20 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Eleanor Burkett

mike snavely Dec 20 2020 12:00 AM

We will all miss Eleanor. I am so sorry for the loss of this sweet lady. Hugs and prayers to all of the family.

Linda Diaz Dec 20 2020 12:00 AM

Lynn and Susie and Brenda Toots was always so wonderful to our family. She was a great lady in the truest sense. She was so compassionate during Kandi's early years and Lynn, your generosity by opening your home during our travels will never be forgotten. Kandi enjoyed visiting Toots and speaks of her frequently. Stay safe and remember you all will always have a warm spot in our hearts. Diane and Kandi Burke

Diane and Kandi Burke Dec 20 2020 12:00 AM

Ed, Lori, and Brianna Hagy Dec 19 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Eleanor Burkett

Ed, Lori, and Brianna Hagy Dec 19 2020 12:00 AM

Eleanor was a "one of a kind" friend. We have loved her for years and always enjoyed being around her and her smiling face. She will be remembered as a very classy lady, who treated everyone with respect and dignity. Susie and family, you all will be in our thoughts and prayers. You were very blessed to have her with you so long.

Helen and Glen Vernon Dec 19 2020 12:00 AM

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