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Nancy Sue Burks

May 21, 1943October 14, 2020
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Nancy S. (Lewis) Burks, 77

Daughter, wife, mother, teacher. Nancy was born to Cleon and Helen Lewis in Wichita, KS. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Norma Lewis Shaw Howard. She is survived by husband, Michael Burks; daughters, Cathy (Dale) Burks Green and Deb Burks Schenck-Wolf; and granddaughters, Regan Schenck and Lanie Wolf. Nancy and Michael met at East High and married after completing their degrees at WSU. Nancy was a devoted Navy wife, traveling with Michael around the US and abroad. They settled back in Kansas where Nancy taught for 30 years at St. Mark’s Renwick School District. Nancy and Michael hosted foreign exchange students, opening their home and hearts to students from around the world. Nancy fought cancer three times, and humbled those around her with her courage and strength. She passed away at home surrounded by the family she loved. Services will be held 3:00pm, Wednesday, October 21, 2020 with visitation one hour prior, at Resthaven Mortuary, 11800 W. Highway 54, Wichita, Kansas 67209. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to, Victory In The Valley, 3755 E. Douglas Ave., Wichita, Kansas 67209. The family has requested these services to be livestreamed from Resthaven Mortuary & Resthaven Gardens of Memory Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ResthavenMortuary/

  • FAMILY

  • Cleon Hayes Lewis, Father (deceased)
  • Lelen Merle (Knapp) Lewis, Mother (deceased)
  • Norma Lewis Shaw Howard, Sister (deceased)
  • Michael M. Burks, Husband
  • Cathy (Dale) Green, Daughter
  • Deb Schenck-Wolf, Daughter
  • Regan Schenck, Granddaughter
  • Lanie Wolf, Granddaughter

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    Wednesday, October 21, 2020

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    Wednesday, October 21, 2020

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Tina DiMeo

October 20, 2020

Nancy was a great woman and will always live in our hearts.Thank you for sharing with us your pain a hug to you.

Kathy and Justin Turner

October 20, 2020

Oh I’m so so sorry! We will be keeping you both in our prayers as we know your hearts are broken.
Kathy

@Cathy and Dale, you remain on our minds and in our hearts. Remember to take time to breathe. #Family

I’m so very sorry. There’s been so much loss. I hope she crossed over without pain and in peace. My heart breaks for you.
Justin

Bob and Sandy Chapman

October 20, 2020

I'm so sorry, Cathy. When my dad died at the beginning of 2004, my mind was dominated by the then-recent memories of his illness and decline. If that is what you are feeling now, I want to promise you that those memories that are now in the forefront of your mind...all the bad stuff associated with your mom's struggle and her cognitive (and physical) decline...those memories will fade quickly away. And you'll be left with only the best and happiest in their wake. Love you.

Akane Uemoto

October 20, 2020

I saw the message from you. It won’t change Nancy is my American grandma and she’ll be in my heart forever. We are all welcome to have you guys.

The one thing I’m really sad is I can’t go there and say goodbye. Please say goodbye for us with a lot of love.

Hisako Uemoto Fujimoto

October 20, 2020

Nancy is a wonderful woman. She is the happiest person because she has such a great family.
I worry about Mike. They were always together and they will be together forever.

I love her so much...
I can’t to fly to see Nancy because of COVID-19.
But my thoughts are with her.
She made me happy every time. She is always in my heart.

John and Robin Kraft

October 19, 2020

Cathy & Dale, So sorry to hear of Cathy’s mom’s passing. That is an incredible loss for your family. We have no magic healing words. Just know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

John, Robin, Sophia & Lulu

Janice Wetta

October 19, 2020

Michael & Family, I will miss Nancy so much at book club! She was such an interesting, kind and joyful person! I remember fondly also, helping in her classroom the year she taught my daughter, Erin, 2nd grade at St. Joe. She had the Japanese exchange student then, Namisan - a wonderful experience for the kids!

You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

John Grabitz

October 18, 2020

Mike,
So sorry to hear about Nancy. She was such a sweet person the few times that I did get to be around her. I understand how things are with cancer. May you and your family be blessed during your time of grief.

Arleta Green

October 18, 2020

Mike & family
George & I want to express our deepest sympathy for the loss of Nancy. She will be truly missed by her family & friends. We are thankful for her to be a great mother-in-law to our son
Arleta Green

Yumiko Uemoto Shigemura

October 17, 2020

Mike
I heard about Nancy and I was in shock and in tears hearing about this very sad news.
I remember back when I was still single, whenever I had the time off from work I used to visit Kansas and she took me to different places, and also went with me when I had my ears pierced. I also remember when Cathy and Dale came to visit Osaka and after, Regan also came to visit us. We rode a ferry and went sight seeing. I could still remember and hear her laugh. She always made sure to use understandable English so I could understand what she was saying, and remembering her kindness makes me feel sad again.
During these sad and hard times for everyone, our hearts are glad that she was with everyone before her departure to be with our heavenly Father.
While we talk about our memories that we have with Nancy, there will be times when we shed our tears and smile when we remember all those good old days.
It may be difficult during these days, but let us be strong for Nancy and for our loved ones around us.
Our hearts are with you during these difficult times.

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Christmas 2013

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Nancy and Regan

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Moms Demand Action
Nancy and the volunteer spirit

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Visit from Japan family 2008

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Family vacation in the islands

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On the way to Japan
Nancy and Regan

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Nancy and Friends

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Nancy 2015

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Christmas Fun 2012

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