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Clara Estella Porter Burks
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Birth: Nov. 6, 1919
Phelps County
Nebraska, USA
Death: Jul. 23, 1996
Hitchcock County
Nebraska, USA

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, July 1996
Clara Estella (Porter) Kollmorgen Burks
STRATTON--Clara Estella (Porter) Kollmorgen Burks was born Nov. 6, 1919, in Atlanta, Neb., to Fred and Katherine (Miller) Porter. She died at her residence in the Grandview Retirement Center in Stratton, Neb., on July 23, 1996.
As a young girl, Clara helped her parents operate Porter's Store in Stratton. Following graduation from Stratton Public Schools in 1937 she attended the University of Nebraska where she pursued her love of music.
In 1942 she was united in marriage to Lt. Martin Henry Theodore Kollmorgen in Stratton. She accompanied her husband on his naval tour of duty to Hawaii, the Philippines and San Diego. To this union two children were born: Barbara Jo and Richard Martin. Upon her husband's death in 1949, she and the children returned to Stratton.
On June 17, 1951, Clara married John Samuel Burks. They had three children: Donald John, Diana Ruth and Geoffrey Rex. The family lived on their farm south of Stratton where they enjoyed hunting, tubing down the river, riding horses and going sledding with her family and other Burkses and their families.
Clara was a hostess, par excellent, from a hot plate dinner in the harvest field to a full dinner table for her guests. She enjoyed playing cards, laughing and having fun.
She was an actively involved member of the Community United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, MGR extension club, American Legion Auxiliary, Daughters of the American Revolution. Naamah Temple #108 Daughters of the Nile of Hastings, Neb., Bahia Nilettes of McCook, Neb., and Ola Chapter #317 of the Order of the Eastern Star where she was a past matron. She served as the Grand Representative during one of her many Eastern Star Grand Chapter conferences. She also served on the Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Board of Directors in Benkelman, Neb.
Clara enjoyed taking part in her children's and grandchildren's activities. While her children were 4-H members, she was a dedicated leader and helped with other aspects of the county fair. For years. Clara operated the thrift store in Stratton's pharmacy. She also organized a prizewinning scrapbook documenting Stratton's community improvement projects.
Clara thrived on family gatherings. whether it was the Burks family reunion, Christmas at the farm or a visit from one of her children or grandchildren. Her Christmas lighting display will be remembered by her community as will her friendly greetings and warm smile. Traditions were important to her--she never missed calling each child and grandchild on their birthdays to sing "Happy Birthday" and she insisted that her family celebrate Christmas on Christmas Day. Her grandchildren have memories of riding in her car and listening to her favorite marches or Bill Cosby tapes.
Clara was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Raymond; her husband. Martin, and her husband, John.
She is survived by two brothers: Alvin and wife, Caryl, of Duarte, Calif., and Bill of Marblemount. Wash.; her sister, Katherine Brown, of Lincoln, Neb.; her children: Barbara and her husband, Neal Horner, of Benkelman, Richard Kollmorgen and his wife, Beth, of Stratton, Donald Burks and his wife, Joan, of Lexington, Neb., Diana and her husband, Kenny Ham, of Wauneta. Neb., and Geoffrey Burks and his wife, Pam, of Stratton, and her 12 grandchildren: Trevor and Justin Horner, Andrea, Steven and Brian Kollmorgen. John and Janee Burks, Jeri and Erica League and Dawn, Aaron and Rebecca Burks, who will miss their beloved sister, mom and grandma, but have precious memories of her to cherish.
Funeral services were held Saturday, July 27, 1996, at 10:30 a.m. at the Community United Methodist Church In Stratton with the Rev. Katherine Bullard officiating. Organist was Marjorie Redfield and Carl Philo sang "The Lord's Prayer" and "The Holy City." The congregational hymn was "Precious Lord."
Bearers were her grandsons: Trevor and Justin Horner, Steven and Brian Kollmorgen and John and Aaron Burks. Honorary persons were Scott Golding, Bob Forch, Kerry Krutsinger. Karl Klein, Pat Richardson. Gloria Gummere, Gwen Schleeman, Venus Lionberger and Margaret Faimon. Committal was offered by Holly Chapter No. 233. 0.E.S.. with interment in Rose Hill Cemetery at Stratton. Jones Funeral Home Inc. of Stratton was in charge of arrangements.
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  John Samuel Burks (1909 - 1974)
Rose Hill Cemetery
Hitchcock County
Nebraska, USA
Created by: Carl Philo
Record added: May 15, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 69890239
Clara Estella <i>Porter</i> Burks
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