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Cornelia Burke

May 20, 1937 — January 10, 2018

Cornelia Anna Fowler Burke, 80, resident of Kiowa, Kansas, passed away Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at the Kiowa District Hospital.

Born May 20, 1937, Cornelia experienced some of her most precious years in Columbus, Texas. Growing up, she excelled as a tap dancer, choir singer and distinguished musician. Cornelia kept her deep love of music all throughout her life by playing piano and organ at her church, nursing homes and at family gatherings. She was confirmed into the Columbus Lutheran Congregation but later joined the Seventh Day Adventist Church. Because of Cornelia’s love for children, wherever she attended, she was greatly involved in Children’s’ Ministries. She attended college in San Marcos, Texas and spent most of her adult life in Shreveport, Louisiana, working as an executive secretary and transcriptionist for law, medical and petroleum based industries.

Cornelia retired from KU Medical Hospital to settle in Kiowa many years ago to be closer to her children and grandchildren. For the past two years, she has enjoyed residing at the Kiowa District Manor. Most of her friends at the Manor will remember her contagious laugh, her willpower and her deep love for Jesus. She enjoyed playing board games and puzzles, but most of all, she had true zeal for The Holy Word and her Savior.

Cornelia is preceded in death by her parents, Renata and H.C. Fowler and grandchildren, Steven and Paul Cothran.

She is survived by her daughters, Anna Seiden and husband, Dwight of Tyler, Texas and Chantae Simpson and husband, Roger of Kiowa, Kansas and her son, James Burke and wife, Peggy of Kiowa, Kansas.

Cornelia is survived by her grandchildren, Rebecca Parratt and husband, Smith of Denton, Texas, Kevin Seiden of Tyler, Texas, Timothy Seiden and wife, Brenda of Tyler, Texas, Amanda Seiden of Houston, Texas, R.L. Simpson and wife, Gabrielle of Kiowa, Kansas, Greg Simpson and wife, Rose of Kiowa, Kansas, Michael Simpson and wife, Ariel of Kiowa, Kansas, Chalene Kramer and husband, Mark of Nome, Alaska and thirteen great-grandchildren.

Cornelia is also survived by her brother, Ned William Fowler and wife, Rosemary of Beaumont, Texas, her sister, Renee Sheffield and husband, Earl of Anahuac, Texas; several nieces; nephews and numerous friends.

Her family will respect Cornelia’s wishes, and she will be buried in Columbus, Texas, where a graveside service will be held this spring. The family has asked that any memorials be given to The Freedom Gates Boys Ranch of Hazelton, Kansas, The Kiowa District Manor or The American Cancer Society via the Pistol Packin’ Mammas through the funeral home at P.O. Box 42, Kiowa, Kansas 67070

We are anxiously awaiting Christ’s return to be reunited with this wonderful woman.

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