Dolores M. Burley

July 3, 1933May 3, 2014

Dolores M. Burley, age 80, peacefully joined her Savior, Jesus Christ on Saturday, May 3rd, 2014 at Hospice House in Lansing, MI. She was born July 3, 1933 in Sheridan, WY to Elmer E. “Slim” and Rose M. (Smith) Kobold. Known to her siblings and western family as “Bubbles”, Dolores was raised on a cattle ranch in Kirby, MT with her 5 siblings. She often reminisced about riding her horse to school to attend a one room school house. Since there was no high school in the area, Dolores’ parents made boarding arrangements in nearby Sheridan, WY where she completed her high school education and graduated in 1951. Dolores loved her heritage and, in many respects, remained a cowgirl at heart all of her life. On February 10, 1951, Dolores married Stuart B. “Tim” McKennan They were married 31 years and had 7 children together. After raising her family, Dolores lived out her faith by devoting her time to the surrounding community through such involvements as past president of Lansing Chapter Women Aglow Fellowship International; Lansing Pastor’s Prayer Network; and served as President of GNS Christian cable television since the early 80’s. On November 16, 1984, she married her second husband, Alton “Shiner” Burley who joined in her pursuit of Christian broadcasting at GNS until his death September 25, 2000. With the assistance and support of her local children, grandchildren and volunteers, Dolores continued her commitment and dedication to GNS until her retirement in 2012. She was preceded in death by her parents; son, John R. McKennan; granddaughter, Angela (McKennan) Worrell; brothers, George Kobold and Dr. Elmer E. Kobold, Jr; and sister, Joanne McKennan. Surviving are 6 children: Mary J. McKennan, Barry B. McKennan, Lori R. Raby, Judy B. Curtis, Robert E. “Corky” McKennan and Jennifer G. Burley; 13 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters, Kathleen Skelton and Lenore Johnson; and many nieces and nephews. Funeral Services will be held 4:00 PM Friday, May 9, 2014 at the Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 1730 E. Grand River, East Lansing, MI. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 3:00-4:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Capital Area Religious Cable Television Association (GNS), 1441 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, MI 48912.

Thank you to Prestige Pines caregivers & staff. Special thanks from the family to mom’s long-time friend, Marita. She was a loyal friend who generously dedicated many hours at mom’s side through her journey, advocated for her care and provided loving comfort to both mom and the family. On-line condolences and memories may be shared with the family at Arrangements under the direction of Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home, East Lansing, MI.


  • Visitation Friday, May 9, 2014
  • Funeral Service Friday, May 9, 2014

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Mary McKennan

May 9, 2014

Warm Summer Sun

Warm summer sun,
Shine kindly here,
Warm southern wind,
Blow softly here.
Green sod above,
Lie light, lie light.
Good night, dear heart,
Good night, good night.

By Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens)
The Poetry Foundation

Freddy Torres

May 7, 2014

Im so sad right now,,my prayers are with your family Sister,Delores you made a difference in so many lives,and helped so,so many people,only God knows,i thank God for letting me help you and Volunteer at G.N.S,i learned so much from you,i learned how to trust God stay focused,and give people a chance with out judging anyone,i was hopping to see you again ol friend i had alotta fun at the station and appreciate everything and for all the Love and prayers you gave me,,you are truly missed,God Bless your family you always expressed your love for them.. Freddy Torres and Family .

May 7, 2014

Jen , you are in my prayers.. She is with our Lord now..

Janelle Sleeseman

May 7, 2014

Jennifer, Thoughts and prayers continue for you and your family through this very difficult journey. What a tremendous support you were for her during hers. Know you are loved!