Obituaries & Tributes

Erma Katherine Burnell – Aug. 19, 1926 – Jan. 7, 2019

Erma Katherine Burnell was born Aug. 19, 1926 in Easley, Boon County, Mo. to Alva and Fannie Sapp. She was the oldest child and had two sisters and one brother.
Erma married Donald Leon Anderson on Oct. 29, 1946, but divorced in 1947. They had one child, Beverly Anderson, who was born on Aug. 16, 1947.
After Erma was divorced, she and Beverly moved to Salt Lake City, Utah later moving to Vaughn, N.M. Erma met Orial Leonard Burnell in Vaughn, and they were married March 25, 1952. There were no children born of their union.
In 1955 the family moved to Salt Lake City. They lived in Utah until they moved to Creswell over 40 plus years ago.
Erma had two grandsons, twins, Jeff and Bryan; five great-grandchildren; Desi, JC, Sienna, Ashton and Aiden, all residing in California. She also had a step-daughter, Sherry, and her two sons, Michael and Victor; and one granddaughter, Elizabeth, all of which live nearby in Oregon.
Erma was an avid reader, a great cook, loved her dogs and flowers mainly roses — she has over two dozen rose bushes planted at her house.
She collected about 30 or more antique cups and saucers. She was an artist painting several pictures and she loved to play bridge before she started losing her eyesight.
At 92 years and four months-old, she still cooked all of her meals. Due to losing most of her eyesight she depended on “talking books” to read to her. She spent many hours listening to her “books.”
Her favorite shows on TV were “Judge Judy,” which always gave her a chuckle, and “The Price is Right.”
On the last Tuesday of each month she would go to the beauty parlor and have her hair done, so she and her very good friends could go out to lunch the next day on Wednesday. All four of the ladies would splurge and go to King Estates and have lunch and a glass of wine. They have done this for several years, never missing their monthly get together.
This last New Years, Dec. 31, 2018, she hosted her annual Ladies Only New Years Eve party. Six of her closest friends and her daughter would have champagne and a cheese platter. The little get together was only from 4 to 6 p.m. but everyone had a good time.
Memorial donations can be made to Boon County History Center 3801 Ponderosa St. Columbia, Missouri 65201 for the restoration of the EE and Ona Sapp well head; in memory of Erma Burnell (Sapp).



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