Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Lena Hefner Burkett, 1903-2007

The Des Moines Register  - 17 December 2007
  Lena Burkett, 104, passed away on December 15, 2007 at Iowa Methodist Medical Center. Funeral services will be conducted by Rev. Lee Webb at 10 a.m. Tuesday, December 18, 2007 at Hamilton's near Highland Memory Gardens, 121 NW 60th Ave. with an Eastern Star service to follow.
  Lena was born on December 13, 1903 in Jerome, Iowa, to William and Elizabeth Forsyth Hefner. She graduated from AIB in Des Moines and also majored in home economics at Iowa State College (now known as Iowa State University).
  On May 30, 1931 she married Mervin W. Burkett. Lena has been a member of the Eastern Star and also Union Park United Methodist Church each for over 50 years.
  Survivors include her sons, William and Raymond (Shirley) Burkett; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, an infant son, Bobby and her only brother, William Hefner.
  Visitation with the family present will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, December 17, 2007 at the funeral home.
  Memorial contributions may be made to her church, Union Park United Methodist.

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