Dorothy Burtley

June 23, 1943November 27, 2012

Our beloved mother went to join her mother, Juanita Burtley, in the garden of Heaven on November 27, 2012. Mom was born June 23, 1943 in Arkansas, and later moved to Michigan in the 1950’s. She retired from the Country Club of Lansing after 35 years. Mom enjoyed her many trips to the casino and was an avid “Card Shark”, especially playing Poker and Tunk with her “Card Buddies”. She also enjoyed cooking, being “Boss Lady”, and was a big fan of her Detroit Tigers, Lions and Tiger Woods. Family was very important to mom, as were family dinners, Holiday get togethers, and spectating her family at softball, basketball and other sporting events. Her host of grandchildren and great grandchildren were very dear to her. Dorothy was preceded in death by her loving mother, and her brother Edward Coleman. She is survived by her loving children Patricia Ann (Booker) Jones, Edwin (Teresa) Burtley, Phillip Burtley (Chris), Launita Burtley (Linda), Shelia Burtley and Leola Burtley, all of Lansing. She is also survived by her sister Leoma Foster Smith , 3 brothers John (Ernestine) Williams, Orlando Bardwell, Freddie (Cindy) Burtley Jr., and a host of grandchildren and great grandchildren, all of whom will miss her dearly. A funeral service will be held at 4:00 PM on Monday, December 3, 2012 at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 900 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, MI. The family will receive friends from 2:00 – 4:00 PM prior to the service. Special thanks for the care provided by Grace of Hospice and the Okemos Health and Rehabilitation Center. The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at


  • Visitation Monday, December 3, 2012
  • Memorial Service Monday, December 3, 2012

Dorothy Burtley

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May 7, 2013

Mom I miss you. Launita

December 3, 2012

My prayers goes out to all of Dorothy's family. Dorothy was a really nice person and she will be missed dearly.

Kanisha Beard-Pops

December 3, 2012

Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.

Sandy Kowalk-Thompson

December 3, 2012

Launita and family: "A mother's love doesn't go away, Mom walks beside us every day; unseen, unheard but always near; still loved, still missed and very dear." The Kowalk Family is keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
Love you!

Anita Castellon

December 3, 2012

Launita, (and family), extending our deepest sympathy on the loss of your mother. We are praying that your faith will provide you and your family strength during this difficult time. God Bless.
Anita and Rose (Dewitt)

Aurelio Velasquez

December 3, 2012

My thoughts and prayers go out to the Burtley Family. Dorothy was a wonderful woman. I enjoyed working with her at the Country Club of Lansing. She will be missed.

doris outlaw

December 3, 2012

Your prays are with us during your hard times. Trust in the lord for he makes no mistakes!

Penny L. Tellier

December 2, 2012

Dear Launita & Family, I cannot help but think of this famous quote...
"Love is eternal, the aspect may change, but not the essence."

My prayers are with you.

Charles Morgan

December 2, 2012

Launita & Family, Sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. May her love of life and family bring peace and closeness to you all.

Gregory's Ice & Smoke

December 1, 2012

We extend our deepest condolences.