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Emma Elizabeth Hancock Burk
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Birth: Nov. 17, 1866
Clinton County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Apr. 16, 1922
Newton County
Missouri, USA

Emma was the daughter of Dr. William & Mary Jane (Grider) Hancock. Her father had a dental practice in Newtonia.

She married Andrew J. Burk, a farmer, on Dec. 8, 1889. They didn't have any children.

Over the years she was supportive of her husband's participation in the civic affairs of Newtonia and in his roll as a leader in the Democratic party of Newton County.

Emma's life unexpectedly ended in her home on Thursday evening, April 16, 1922. In the afternoon she had a Cerebral Hemorrhage, which lasted five hours, causing her death at 8:45 p.m. Her brother, Dr. John B. Hancock, was immediately called to the home but couldn't do anything to help. She had lived 55 years, 4 months, & 29 days. Her brother, Dr. J.B., was the informant on her death certificate.

The following newspaper articles include news about her death.

Mrs. A.J. Burk died Sunday, Apr. 16, at her home in Newtonia. Deceased was formerly Miss Elizabeth Hancock, and was born in Albany, Ky., Nov. 17, 1866. She is survived by her husband, A.J. Burk, one brother, Dr. J.B. Hancock, of Newtonia, and two sisters, Mrs. J.O. Clark of Newtonia and Mrs. G.W. Harrison of Stark City. Mrs. Burk's death came suddenly and was a shock to the community."

Neosho Times
April 20, 1922

Died at her home in Newtonia on April 16, 1922, Mrs. A.J. Burk. Mrs. Burk was formerly Miss Emma Elizabeth Hancock. She was born in Albany, Ky., Nov. 17, 1866, and came to Missouri in 1875.

Nearly her entire life was spent in Newtonia. She was married to A.J. Burk Dec. 8, 1889. She leaves to mourn her departure her husband, one brother, Dr. J.B. Hancock of Newtonia, two sisters, Mrs. Dr. Harrison of Stark City and Mr.s J.O. Clark of Newtonia and a host of relatives and friends.

The funeral services were held at the home conducted by Rev. T.J. Oliver at two o'clock p.m., April 18th. Interment in Newtonia Odd Fellows' cemetery. The many beautiful floral offerings were a token of the esteem in which she was held.

The death of Mrs. Burk came as a great shock to her relatives and friends as she was unusually cheerful on the day she died; was in the yard in the afternoon talking to relatives and friends, and in the evening was doing her housework as usual; had brought in the eggs from the poultry yard. Upon Mr. Burk's arrival to the house after bringing the cows from the pasture, he heard her call him and upon entering the room found she had fallen to the floor. She was immediately lifted to the bed and a doctor summoned, but she passed away in a few hours.

Mrs. Burk was a model woman in her home, always striving to make home pleasant, but did not allow this to interfere with her visiting the sick, or kindness to her neighbors, although she had been in poor health for years. She had such a sweet, loving disposition and sympathized so deeply with those in trouble or distress, none knew her but to love her. She will be greatly missed in the community. The deepest sympathy of the entire neighborhood is extended to Mr. Burk and relatives.
'To live in hearts we leave behind
Is not to die.'"

Neosho Times
Thursday April 27, 1922

Andrew never married again and remained in their home throughout the rest of his life, dying in December 1937.
Family links: 
  William Luther Hancock (1828 - 1910)
  Mary Jane Grider Hancock (1834 - 1916)
  Andrew Johnson Burk (1861 - 1937)*
  Joseph William Morrison (1852 - 1896)**
  Sallie Eliza Hancock Clark (1860 - 1926)*
  John Benjamin Hancock (1864 - 1926)*
  Emma Elizabeth Hancock Burk (1866 - 1922)
*Calculated relationship
Odd Fellows Cemetery
Newton County
Missouri, USA
Created by: Virginia Brown
Record added: Jun 21, 2011
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Emma Elizabeth <i>Hancock</i> Burk
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