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Mrs Callie Belle Gowder Burke
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Birth: Jan. 1, 1918
Hall County
Georgia, USA
Death: Apr. 23, 2007
California, USA

Callie G. Burke Wife of Maurice L. "Nick" Burke of Atherton, CA, passed away Monday evening April 23, 2007 of respiratory complications. She was 89 years old.

Born Callie Belle Gowder on Jan. 1, 1918 in Lula, GA, to India Bertha Parsons and William Gowder of Banks County, GA, Callie grew up helping her father in his general store. Her family lived above the store and across from the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church. These were the pillars of Callie's thinking that would influence her throughout her life. Graduating early, Callie was valedictorian of her high school class. She attended Piedmont College in North Georgia obtaining her teaching credential and she taught 2nd grade for a time. With the anticipation of World War II, her father encouraged her to leave teaching and attend the Chillicothe Business School of Missouri. After graduating, she went to work at the headquarters of Armor Meat Company in Chicago, IL.

There, at a St. Patrick's Day dance she met her future husband Maurice Leon "Nick" Burke. Nick and Callie were married on March 4, 1944. After the war, they began their married life together on the college campus of the University of Illinois at Champagne -Urbana with the many thousands of returning soldiers and there, their first child, Nancy Ann was born in 1947. They moved to San Jose, CA, in 1948. Callie followed Nick to North Africa when he was suddenly recalled into duty by the U.S. Army and she set up house amidst the civilian population of Tripoli while Nick worked at the Voice of America at the opening of the Cold War.

Eventually settling Park Merced in San Francisco in 1954, their second daughter India Katherine was born. During the much of the following 16 years, Callie was a working mom alongside her husband raising two daughters and helping to establish a company that would grow from a tiny office on the next to the Goodwill Rag Company on the Embarcadero into a multimillion dollar firm employing more than 250 people by 1970s with offices on both East and West coasts. M.L Burke Company, KNC Wholesale CO, which became American Tempering Incorporated. During the years in San Francisco Callie was an active member of the Order of the Eastern Star as well as the Order of the Rainbow Girls with her two daughters. She was a member of Temple Baptist church and taught Sunday school for many years. She worked to raise money and vital support to a struggling San Francisco Opera. She was also devoted member of the Mid- Peninsula San Francisco Symphony League. With her husband, Nick, she traveled extensively throughout her life. She loved her many friends and their extended families developed through the business throughout the world and kept her home open to them throughout her life.

She is preceded in death by her brothers Swayne Gowder and Frank Gowder and her sister Fredna Waters of Georgia. Callie is survived by her husband of 63 years, Nick Burke; daughters and sons-in-law, Nancy Burke-Rosendin and Raymond Rosendin of Woodside, CA, and India K. Burke-Hislop and David Hislop of Fremont, CA; three grandchildren, Maurice "Max" Rosendin, Callie Raquel Rosendin, and Blake William Rosendin; sisters, Ethel Kenny, Edna Elrod and Elnor Reid of Clarkesville, GA.

Memorial Services will be held for Callie 11:00 AM, Monday, April 30, 2007 at Menlo Presbyterian Church, 950 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park, CA. Instead of flowers, donations may be sent in her memory to the Habitat for Humanity and the San Francisco Symphony.

Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Apr. 28 to Apr. 29, 2007. 
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  Maurice Leon Burke (1923 - 2008)*
*Calculated relationship
Alta Mesa Memorial Park
Palo Alto
Santa Clara County
California, USA
Created by: Mark Utley
Record added: Dec 31, 2013
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Mrs Callie Belle <i>Gowder</i> Burke
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Mrs Callie Belle <i>Gowder</i> Burke
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