Jeanne Lee Burke

April 1, 1929March 15, 2018

Beloved daughter, mother, grandmother and friend, Jeanne Lee Burk went to be with our Heavenly Father on Thursday, March 15, 2018. Jeanne, born April 1, 1929 in Midland, Texas, was the adored only child of Hattie R. and W. Edward Lee. Reared in Longview and then in Tyler, Miss Lee graduated from Tyler High School. After spending her freshman year at The Hockaday School, she transferred to The University of Texas, where she was a proud member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. Jeanne earned her B.B.A. degree in August 1950. On December 30, 1951, Miss Lee married Sam Bryan Burk, Jr. at Marvin United Methodist Church in Tyler.

After finishing his service with the United States Air Force, Bryan joined Atlantic Richfield. In the oil business they were transferred to Bismarck, North Dakota, Durango, Colorado, Midland, Texas, Denver, Colorado and then back to Midland. In addition to being a homemaker, she participated in charity work through her memberships in Midland Society of University Women, Zeta Tau Alpha alumni, and Midland Republican Women’s Club. She continued her charitable work through St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. Her interests included Longhorn football, travel, fashion and interior design. She sustained her love of education and The University with over 20 years attendance of the UT Alumni College “Classes Without Quizzes,” which was a week long program of lectures by current UT professors.

Jeanne is survived by her three children and their spouses; Bryan Burk, III (Judy Smith) of Houston, Lee Ann Burk (Roger Gilliam) of San Marcos, and Britt Stuart Burk (Michele Burk) of Plano. Additionally, she has three cherished grandsons, Sam IV of Austin, Evan and Connor of Plano.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the ASPCA or St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Tyler.

A private graveside service will be held at Rose Hill cemetery in Tyler.


Jeanne Lee Burke

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