obituary of Jean Burke |

obituary of Jean Burke

Jean Burke, longtime resident of Nevada County, passed away peacefully on June 23, 2016, to the arms of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at the Life Care Center of Crossville, Tennessee, surrounded by family. Jean was 85. Born May 6, 1931 in Walla Walla, Washington, to Walt and Carmen Ogden. Jean grew up attending grammar and middle school in the Walla Walla and College Place, Washington, area with her identical twin sister and two brothers. She attended the Auburn Adventist Academy in high school and was the valedictorian of her senior class. She met Lorwin “Bud” Burke while attending academy, and they were married Aug. 28, 1949 in College Place. They had five children. After the birth of their only daughter, Jan, the family moved to Riverside, California, where her youngest son Dan was born. A business venture in 1956 took the family to Santa Rosa, where they enjoyed life with lots of friends in that area. Afterward, the family returned to College Place, so Jean’s husband could attend college where he pursued his degree. During this time Jean served as the administrative secretary for the Walla Walla hospital to help support her husband through college. Jean and family moved to Grass Valley in 1965 to pursue a business opportunity where they assisted in opening the Springhill Manor Convalescent hospital. After opening the convalescent hospital, Jean pursued work with Nevada County mental health department and also spent time working for the Nevada County Clerk’s office. After the children were raised, Jean and her husband opened their home to help raise numerous foster children. Jean later moved to the Sacramento area where she continued serving in the mental health field, eventually receiving her associate’s degree in Music Therapy from Sacramento State. She later dedicated time working for Safe Harbor Mental Health facility in Woodland, and for

Progress House, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility, in Georgetown. Jean retired in 2004 and moved back to Grass Valley for a short time before spending her last few years with her son and daughter-in-law, Bryon and Ruthie Burke,

in Crossville. Jean was an avid traveler, with her most memorable trip to Kwajalein, sailing in a friend’s yacht around the Marshall Islands. She loved spending time with family and friends. She loved singing and was part of a trio where she attended church. Jean is survived by children, Greg Burke (Barbara), Russ (Debbie) Burke, Bryon (Ruth) Burke, Jan (Matt) Rakestraw. She has 13 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. Jean is also survived by younger brothers, Jack (Sarah) Ogden of Lithia, Florida, and Kenny (MaryLou) Ogden of Oregon; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her youngest son, Dan Burke, and her identical twin, Joyce (Ogden) Barden. A private memorial is planned with Jean’s close friends and family for the end of this month. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Cancer Society or to your favorite charity.

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