Ethel Lavon Burge

August 23, 1932February 1, 2021

Ethel Lavon (Wandling) Burge ~ August 23, 1932 to February 1, 2021

Ethel Lavon (Wandling) Burge, 88, a longtime resident of Gladstone, Missouri, was gently called into the arms of the Lord on February 1, 2021, with loved ones at her side.

Ethel was born August 23, 1932, in Titonka, Iowa, one of seven children of Charles Edward and Elva Edna (Krull) Wandling. In the fall of 1936, the family moved to Buffalo, Missouri and in 1950, she graduated from Buffalo High School. After her father died in 1952, she and her sister, Shirley, moved to Kansas City, Missouri to start their careers. She worked for Sears and Roebuck in billing and collections for many years. She also worked for United Telephone in credit and collections. The job she was most proud of was being a wife and mother to her 2 children and a grandmother to her 2 grandkids. She was united in marriage to Hubert Keith Burge on August 6, 1960, in Kansas City, Missouri. Keith preceded Ethel in death on February 14, 2006 after 45 years of marriage.

Ethel loved to go and relax with family at the Lake of the Ozarks. Ethel was a great cook, her specialty was homemade noodles. She also loved to play card games, computer games, dominos, and word search puzzles. Her favorite game was SkipBo and she will be remembered as the most legendary SkipBo player to ever live.

Along with her parents and husband, Ethel was preceded in death by her six siblings, Norman, Mildred, Mable, Alice, Wanda and Shirley. Survivors include her two children, Ed Burge (Loren) and Carla McNamee (Michael); two grandchildren, Desmond McNamee and Teagan McNamee; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.

She is remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. Her courage, strength, resilience, faith, kindness, and heart have always been a source of her family's inspiration. Our beacon of light.

Her body could not keep up with her heart which fought on until the end. She is celebrating her new body with no pain and she has left her strength to her loved ones to carry forth. The world will never be the same and we miss her already but we know she is indeed one of God’s very best! Her work on Earth is done and we have no doubt that she is a beautiful angel and has been welcomed into God’s arms with a loving “Well done, good and faithful servant, welcome home!”

Visitation will be February 24, 2021, from 6pm-8pm at McGilley Antioch Funeral Home, 3325 NE Vivion Rd, Kansas City, MO in Kansas City North followed by a funeral service on February 25, 2021, at 11am. Graveside services will immediately follow the funeral at Newcomers White Chapel.

If so desired, in lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to the Paralyzed Veterans of America.


  • Ed Burge
  • Carla McNamee
  • Michael McNamee
  • Desmond McNamee
  • Teagan McNamee
  • Loren Burge


  • Visitation

    Wednesday, February 24, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, February 25, 2021


Ethel Lavon Burge

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Ashley Rard

February 24, 2021

Ethel is such a beautiful and loving woman. She has always been incredibly strong. I pray that she is at peace and with her loved ones.
I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. Ed, Carla, Desmond, Teagan, Loren, and everyone else, I am here for you, and I am so sorry. I know this is so hard and unimaginable. We love you all, and we love Ethel.

Carla McNamee

February 24, 2021 are a beautiful soul now just as you were when you were here with us. The many trips we took together were and always will be so special. I miss you every day and find myself reaching for the phone to call you and share my latest news. You were my biggest cheerleader and I am so grateful for the love and support you gave me and Ed our whole lives. You are at peace now and there is comfort in knowing that. Please forgive my selfish tears as I just wasn’t ready to let you go. I love you forever and always.

Loren Burge

February 24, 2021

My mother-in-law was and still is a beautiful lady whose life was characterized by love. She loved so many people and gave so much to all the people in her life.
From the moment I met her, Ethel was extremely welcoming to me, always making me feel like part of the family. But it was not only me that she welcomed, she welcomed my entire family into her life as if they were part of her family too. My four daughters, Ashley, Maddie, Sophie, Cody, my parents, Bing and Nancy Martin, my sister, Megan, and her family especially her daughter, Tristan, all became part of Ethel's ever widening circle of friends and family. She seemed to know no strangers, able to carry on a conversation with just about anyone, even an old biker dude in the bowling alley who flirted with her even though she denied it vehemently.

Dan Kipp

February 19, 2021

Carla. My deepest sympathies to you and your family at the passing of your mother. It is never the right time for us to lose a loved one. Only God knows his plan for us. May He continue to grant you strength, comfort, and peace at this difficult time and it the days ahead knowing that His love will sustain you.

Nancy Martin

February 18, 2021

My husband and I were so blessed to know Ethel. When we visited Kansas City we enjoyed playing her favorite card game, SKIPBO and eating BBQ from her favorite place, The Smokehouse! Fun times!! With a very sweet smile and a great sense of humor, Ethel made you feel like you were the most important person in the world as her guest. Even as she was struggling with painful issues, she was always pleasant, rarely complained. In the future when we play SKIPBO, we will remember that Ethel introduced us to the game and she will be watching us, keeping us on our toes!
Bing and Nancy Martin