Martha Ann McDonald Burnette

Pilot Point, Denton County, Texas, USA
Death 10 Jun 2011 (aged 67)
Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes scattered, Specifically: Her ashes were scattered in the mountains near Hot Springs, Arkansas giving her a beautiful view of God's handiwork.
Memorial ID 121997321 View Source
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Martha Ann Burnette, 67, of Hope, Arkansas passed away 10 June 2011 peacefully from the arms of her loving family to the arms of her LORD. She was born 9 October 1943 in Pilot Point, Texas to the late Johnny and Evelyn McDonald.

She had two young children at home when she decided to become a nurse. She worked hard and became an LPN before moving back to Dallas, Texas. When the health of her parents began to fail, Martha moved to Hope, Arkansas to be near them. She kept up her friendship with her former sister-in-law, Kay Young, and the two kept in touch after Martha's move to Hope.

In the 1990s, Kay found herself in much the same situation as Martha with an ailing parent who needed her attention. In the meantime, Martha had recently received guardianship of her great niece. Kay knew she couldn't leave her mother alone all day and Martha needed someone to be at home with her niece while she worked. They brainstormed a solution and Martha found a four bedroom house near Hope, Arkansas that was large enough to accommodate all four of them. Kay was able to stay home with her mother and be available for Martha's niece when the bus dropped her back off at home after school. Martha worked at a nursing home on the weekends and at the local hospital during the week to pay the bills. Because of the arrangement, Kay was able to keep "Nana" at home for much longer than would have been possible if she had continued working.

After Nana passed and Martha was forced into retirement, Kay and Martha realized that they were the ones who needed help now. They both had children living in Dallas, a place with more services, and more physicians with medical specialties beyond what Hope could offer. Kay moved to her son's house and Martha moved to her daughter's. They remained the best of friends until the end. Eventually, Martha began to split her time between her three children and she was living with her oldest son in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas when she became ill the last time.

Martha is survived by her daughter, two sons, eight grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, numerous cousins, and close friends.

Martha loved the Lord, art, classical music, and her beloved cat "Aaron." She loved spending time with her family and friends, and all the special times with her grandchildren. She was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.

A Celebration of Life was held at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, 16 June 2011 at 1st Assembly of God in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Arrangements were entrusted to CedarVale Funeral Home.

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  • Created by: Cindi Coleman
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  • Find a Grave Memorial 121997321
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Martha Ann McDonald Burnette (9 Oct 1943–10 Jun 2011), Find a Grave Memorial ID 121997321, ; Maintained by Cindi Coleman (contributor 48171057) Cremated, Ashes scattered, who reports a Her ashes were scattered in the mountains near Hot Springs, Arkansas giving her a beautiful view of God's handiwork..