Martha Ann Burke
Martha Ann (Woodruff) Burke, 83, passed away Nov. 29, 2019, at St. Vincent Anderson Hospital.
She was born Oct. 26, 1936, in Anderson, and was a lifelong Pendleton resident. Martha married Gordon E. Burke on Aug. 1, 1954, and they celebrated 59 years of marriage until his passing on July 1, 2014.
She was a homemaker and farm wife the majority of her life.
Martha was a 1954 graduate of Pendleton High School where she was active in home economics; 10-year member of 4-H; member of Pendleton Chapter No. 138 Order of the Eastern Star and had served as an advisor for Pendleton Job's Daughters; and member of Indiana Farm Bureau. She was a lifelong member of Whetstone Christian Church.
Survivors include her son, Kevin (Sarah) Burke of Pendleton; daughters, Rochelle (Terry) Helderman of Paris, Illinois, and Roletta (Matthew) Pape of West Terre Haute; grandchildren, Nathan (Brittany) Burke, Nicholas (Brittany) Burke, Jared Burke, Terra (Matthew) Deakins, Sierra Helderman, Kyle (fiancé, Brittany Morris) Helderman, Traven Pape, Briston Pape and Bryland Pape; four great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; sisters-in-law, Karen (Denny) Gooding of Anderson and Frances (Dennis) Sizelove of Alexandria.
She was preceded in death by her husband; parents, Ray Ottis "Woody" and Ruth V. (Ehrhart) Woodruff; father and mother-in-law, Gerald E. and Mary A. (Anderson) Burke; and brother-in-law, Lewis E. Burke.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service and Crematory, Lahm Chapel, Pendleton, with the Rev. Paul Bishop officiating. Burial will follow in Huntsville Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m., Thursday at Lahm Chapel, Pendleton.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Pendleton Heights High School, FFA Chapter; Pendleton 4-H Livestock Booster Club; or Riley Hospital for Children-Department of Pediatric Cardiology.
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Published on December 2, 2019


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