Mary Ann Burnett

September 11, 1954February 4, 2021

Mary Ann Burnett: beloved mother, sister, aunt, and friend, died unexpectedly following a brief illness on February 4, 2021, at Mercy Hospital in Oklahoma City, OK, at the age of 66.

She was surrounded by her daughter, Katelin; eldest sister, Sharon; and best friend Meltri at time of her passing. She was born September 11, 1954, at Stowers - Hanna Hospital in Sentinel, OK. Mary was the second child of six born to Bill and Melvena Burnett of Lone Wolf, OK.

Mary graduated from Lone Wolf High School in 1972. After attending the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing in 1976. Helping others was passion for Mary. She began her nursing career at Jackson County Memorial Hospital in Altus, OK. She would spend the 39 years fielding numerous cries for help, not only on the job, but from family members as well. She was an expert at calming fears, drying tears, holding hands, giving hugs, and providing encouragement. Her passion for helping was evident to all who knew her. She loved working in the Emergency Room and described riding the gurney, and giving chest compressions, in a race to save someone’s life as “rewarding”. She also deeply felt the losses of the patients she was unable to save. Mary wore many hats during her lifetime, but the one that defined her the most was that of “caregiver”.

Mary met and fell in love with Larry Murphy while he was stationed at Altus Air Force Base, and they married on August 8, 1977. Becoming a mother was a dream of Mary's and her daughter, Katelin Nichole Murphy, was born on November 2. 1989. Although her calling in life was that of nurse, her other calling was being a mother. Even when it meant spending thousands of hours having to put her sewing skills to use to create dance costumes. Or having to pin and alter multiple costumes on a child who had no intention of standing still on the coffee table. Her favorite moment, was more than likely, getting the death stare from Katelin while she was on stage at a dance recital, because Mary made her wear a pair of jeans she did NOT want to wear. She did everything she could to ensure Katelin would succeed in everything she did in life and she loved every minute of it.

Mary is survived by her daughter, Katelin and son-in-law, Frank Cimino, Ft. Worth, TX; Sharon Neasbitt (sister) and Helen Chacon, Edmond, OK; Cindy Spears (sister), Mangun, OK; Tom Burnett (brother) and wife, Tammy, Coldwater, MS; and Jennifer Carney (sister), Edmond, OK; ten nieces and nephews: Drew Neasbitt, Oklahoma City, OK, Jody Neasbitt, Moore, OK, Willie Burnett and wife Erin, Brighton, TN, Jessie Koch, Weatherford, OK, Dusty Spears, Coaldale, CO, Megan Adame, Edmond, OK, Kayla Stracner and husband Joe, Bartlett, TN, Danyelle Tyner, Blair, OK, Jeff Carney, Edmond, OK, Casey Burnett, Sillwater, OK, and Matt Carney, Edmond, OK. Mary is also survived by twelve great nieces and nephews. In addition to family, Mary is survived by her loyal friend and colleague, Meltri Allday, who was able to be with Mary during her last days. The love, admiration, and friendship they shared was obvious to all who knew them.

Mary was preceded in death by brother-in-law Steve Neasbitt; father Bill Burnett; brother Frank Burnett; mother-in-law Dorothy Sharpe; mother Melvena Burnett; paternal grandparents Smith and Jewell Burnett; and maternal grandparents Frank and Laura Hartson and many beloved family pets.


  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, April 10, 2021



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Leah Wall

April 11, 2021

Have been thinking about what to say that would be worthy of my time with Mary and Katelin for a while. I don’t think I can do this justice and there are so many great memories I could share. Through all of my time with Mary, mostly centered around dance classes at my studio and many conventions/competitions, from Nutcracker and concert performances, one thing is certain, it was far too short. In my search to find the best memory to share, I come always back to watching the ultimate joy on her face as she watched her precious Katelin dance. She was completely committed to what ever Katelin had going on. All I had to do was say I need this and she made it happen. She was the secretary of our competition team Moms club. I still have the very detailed notebook she put together keeping track of each dancers fundraising. I could go on and on but one special memory; I was very awed and impressed with Katelin’s harlequin costume. All I told Mary was that I was going to buy two unitards, one purple, one pink and that I wanted them put together with diamond shapes. It was incredible. Mary, you will be missed terribly. Love you and thank you for sharing your precious Katelin with me.

Jana Edwards

April 10, 2021

Iam thinking about Mary and she was sweet and kind and will be missed dearly , Iam going to keep trying to make my daddy a pecan pie just like hers which g dads loved her best . Love ❤️ Jana

Rachael Addison

April 10, 2021

Mary was a strong, hard working woman, who greatly loved helping others. Her pride and joy was her daughter Katelin and it was obvious to anyone who saw them together. She will be greatly missed by all who were lucky enough to know her.

Abby Templeton

April 10, 2021

I have many memories of Aunt Mary. I remember her making us pancakes in different shapes when we would sleep over, her distinct laugh( which was the best and always made me laugh harder), the face she would make when she was talking about something and had to state the obvious for someone, and how much she deeply loved her daughter and those closest to her. I’ll miss her dearly.

Bill Aduddell

April 7, 2021

I was able to see Mary in action as an ER nurse when I was a police officer with the Altus PD. Never knew anyone so dedicated to saving and comforting people like Mary. RIP and enjoy your Golden Awards I know you are receiving in Heaven

Bill Aduddell

Sally Mummel Dryer

April 5, 2021

Mary Ann and I met in West Hall at Central State University in Edmond. We became Fast Friends. I do believe I studied more in helping Mary Ann pass her nursing classes than the classes I took. It's like we became sisters. We went to church together and cooked in our dorm rooms which of course was against the rules. She was with me in my first wedding. And then it was such an exciting time when she had Kaitlyn. Mary Ann made a mark on her life and others. I am so grateful that's the Lord brought her into my heart. My love and prayers to her family.

Patricia Kornmeyer

March 15, 2021

Mary and I sewed costumes for our girls for years as they danced for “Off The Wall Dance Studios”. We traveled all over, OKC, Tulsa, Dallas and Orlando for competitions. We shared a room for many of the trips and loved every minute. We also carried a big tackle box with everything you might need to fix costumes, hair, makeup, shoes, tights and props. We spend a lot of awesome years together and supported our dance family. I will hold these memories my heart ❤️ forever. Love and miss you💕

Patricia Dickerson

February 9, 2021

I worked with Mary at JCMH in Altus for many years. She was a fantastic nurse who was very knowledgeable about nursing... we all thought she should be a physician. I learned a lot from Mary and enjoyed working with her. I pray for peace and comfort for the family during this time. May God bless.

Glenda Briscoe

February 9, 2021

Mary was an awesome lady and I value the memories that we shared. Sincere sympathies to her family.

Linda E Taylor

February 9, 2021

Mary was one in a million, great lady who enjoyed her nursing career and was so excited to become a Mom. What fun it was doing work and life with her. Memories too numerous to mention but we had joy. My thoughts and prayers for her family and friends.