LoAnn Burch Abney

July 28, 1936September 7, 2012
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LoAnn Burch Abney went to be with her beloved Savior, Jesus Christ, Friday, September 7, 2012, after a hard-fought battle with multiple sclerosis. She left an indelible mark on all those who knew her. Her kindness, smile, strong will and wit will be missed by all.

LoAnn was born in Taylor, TX in 1936 to Hazel and Lowell Burch. On Christmas day, 1954, she married the love of her life, Jim Abney. LoAnn was predeceased by her parents, Hazel and Lowell Burch, her husband, Jim Abney and her youngest granddaughter, Alexandra Larkam. She is survived by her daughters, Kim Abney Davis(Walt) of Columbia, SC and Kristi Abney Larkam(Charles) of Austin, TX, her grandchildren, Kristen Davis Walker(Kyle), Kalle Davis, Kaitlin Davis, Tiffany Larkam, Charles Larkam, great Aunt Gladys Bergstrom and special cousins.

LoAnn had a rich heritage growing up in Austin. She attended Austin High School where she and “Jimmy” started dating. She was a devoted wife and mother and very committed to family. It was common on Sunday afternoons for four generations of her family to gather for coffee and spritz cookies and at one point, five generations attended those gatherings. She loved playing tennis several times a week before she was diagnosed with MS. Her immediate family thoroughly enjoyed joining her in the living room to watch and listen to her play the piano.

A true contributor to the Austin community, she was involved in multiple volunteer organizations. A few were the Junior League of Austin where she was the treasurer of the first “A Christmas Affair”, The Women’s Symphony League, The Jr. Austin Woman’s Club and later The Austin Woman’s Club. She served numerous positions on the PTA boards while her children were in school. Additionally, she enjoyed volunteering with the Texas School for the Blind.

LoAnn dedicated herself to her husband, children, grandchildren, and her many friends. The last few years of her life, though mostly bedridden, it was common to find numerous friends visiting, bringing her milk shakes and yummie lunches, laughing at her jokes, and hosting parties in her room so she could take part in them. She was a woman who could be trusted to keep your innermost secrets and never judge.

The family wishes to thank the Austin Pax House for their wonderful care and kindness. They were truly a blessing from God. The caregivers were invaluable and brought her much happiness. The family also wishes to express much gratitude to Odyssey Hospice and the very special care team that attended her.

Visitation will be from 4 o’clock in the afternoon until 6 o’clock in the evening, Friday, the 14th of September 2012 at Cook-Walden Funeral Home, 6100 N. Lamar, Austin, TX, 78752. Services will be held at 3 o’clock in the afternoon, Saturday, the 15th of September 2012 at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 200 West Anderson Lane, Austin, TX, 78752, with reception following. A private burial will be held before the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Gethsemane Lutheran Church, the National MS Society, 700 Broadway, Ste 810, Denver, CO 80203-3442, or Odyssey Hospice Dream Foundation, 4201 West Parmer Lane, #100-Bldg C,, Austin, TX, 78727.

“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corintians 4:18.


  • Visitation Friday, September 14, 2012
  • Graveside Service Saturday, September 15, 2012
  • Memorial Service Saturday, September 15, 2012

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Lee Wood

September 24, 2012

To the family:
We extend our heartfelt condolences to your entire family. LoAnne was such a lovely, classy lady who always had a smile on her face. She will be missed by many.

Riley and Carol Parker

September 16, 2012

To all the family. May you find comfort in knowing she was admired and loved by many. Riley and I have many fond memories as friends of both Jim and Loann. Blessings to all the family.

Bill Clark

September 16, 2012

When I was a child, I remember Loann and Jummy lived next door to my family on Glenview Avenue in Austin. They were both so nice, and Loann looks just as I remember her. She would sit on the front steps, in pedal pushers, with a mirror hanging from her neck, rolling her hair around curlers. I recall sitting on the steps and talking with her. Because they were both so nice, I've never fogotten either one of them. I am very sorry for your loss.

Renee' Huggans

September 15, 2012

I am so sorry for your huge loss. May you be comforted knowing that LoAnn is with our Heavenly Father.

Elissa Plotsky

September 14, 2012

Loann (and Jim) were wonderful neighbors. The nicest you could ever wish for. They were kind to my Mother and helpful when she had cancer. After she passed away, they were always there for my brother and I when we visited Austin. My thoughts go out to Kim, Kristi and the rest of the family.

Neverlyn Lingerfelt

September 14, 2012

LoAnn was more like a sister to me than a cousin. My earliest memories include her. Even though I moved away when I married, we stayed in close contact and saw each other as much as possible. I was the flowergirl in her and Jimmy's wedding, and my children were ringbearer and flowergirl in Kim's wedding. Living far away, I am so grateful that I was able to visit LoAnn last spring. I treasure those conversations. LoAnn was a woman of God, and I like to think of her in heaven, with Jimmy, walking, playing tennis, and hugging Alexandra. I hold you all in my heart. Love, Neverlyn

Josh Lingerfelt

September 14, 2012

LoAnn will be truly missed. She was my second cousin, my mom's first but felt much more like an aunt. I have such fond memories of spending time with both LoAnn and Jimmy as a kid at their home and particularly in their pool! As an adult, I was so grateful that LoAnn and Jimmy came all the way to Tacoma, WA to attend my wedding, it meant a great deal to me. Throughout my life LoAnn was always interested in me and my family. I know she will be watching out for me in heaven and for that I am very thankful.

Barbara Brewer

September 14, 2012

Love and prayers to all of LoAnn's family and friends. I was bleassed to meet this lovely lady when Kim was just a baby while we were all in Colorado for Debbie and Greg's wedding. Her pain is gone forever.

Laura Koke

September 13, 2012

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love The Shoreline Family.

Merry Freeze Saegert

September 13, 2012

Such a beautiful lady. I have a lifetime of wonderful and special memories of the Burch Family. Blessings to your family.
Love, Merry