Beatrice (Bea) J. Burgess, 87, St. Joseph, MO

Published 10/22 2010 04:08PM

Updated 10/22 2010 04:36PM

Beatrice ?Bea? J. Burgess, 87, St. Joseph, Missouri died Wednesday, October 20, 2010 at a local health care facility.
She was born March 13, 1923 in King City, Missouri to Norman H. and Bertha (Finch) Brooke. She attended Methodist Hospital School of Nursing and was a member of the Army Cadet Nurse Corp, graduating in 1947.
Beatrice was a Registered Nurse for forty years working for Dr. William McDonald, St. Joseph Convalescent Center and Methodist Medical Center.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Norman Brooke; and sister, Clara Brooke.
Bea was a member of Patee Park Baptist Church where she sang in the choir. She was also a member of the Early American Singers.  She enjoyed singing and playing her organ at home.  She also volunteered as a den mother.
(Survivors:)sons, John and Joan Burgess, Platte City, Missouri and Gary and Barbara Burgess, Springfield, Missouri; granddaughters, Kristin, Sarah Burgess and Kimberly Walawender and James; great-grandchildren, Audrey and Evan Walawender; siblings, Ora Brooke, St. Joseph, Vera Peregrine, St. Joseph, Stanley Brooke Kansas City, Missouri, Cleta Gillip, King City, Frances McPeek, Smithville, Carol Combs, Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania; and numerous nieces and nephews.
(Services:) 10:00 A.M. Saturday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Interment Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Friday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. The Family suggests memorial gifts to Patee Park Baptist Church.

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