Thelma Ann <I>Graham</I> Burnside

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Thelma Ann Graham Burnside



1911 ~ 2004

Beloved mother, Thelma Ann Graham Burnside, completed her earthly mission 21 Dec. 2004, at Fairview, Utah, surrounded by loving family.

She was born 11 Aug. 1911, the beautiful daughter of James Richard and Pearl Young Woods Taylor Graham, at Fairview, where she lived most of her life.

Pearl passed away when Thelma was three years old, and she longed for her mother throughout her lifetime.

Thelma lived a life of service to others.

She was the loving wife of Johnny Burnside, whom she married 29 Oct. 1938 (solemnized in the Manti LDS Temple 15 April 1939); the devoted mother of Bill, Oneita, Jesse, John, George, Lorraine and Barbara; grandmother of 30, great-grand-mother of 70, great-great-grand-mother of six.

She also cared for her father, who lived with them in the Burnside home for 20 years.

Thelma loved the out-of-doors, taking long walks, exploring "Grandpa's Hill"; picnics in the mountains and on the farm.

She grew flowers, fruit and a productive vegetable garden - always sharing the produce with others.

She was a great cook, an expert seamstress and quilt maker.

A perfectionist, she took Best of Show at fairs with her afghans, children's clothing, rag dolls, etc.

She worked in 4-H leadership. She was an award winning published author and poet.

She had to quit school after the 10th grade to make her own way, but determined to finish, she graduated from high school in her sixties.

Mom's lasting legacy is what she instilled in her children. She taught us to work hard.

She valued higher education and development of talents, qualities emulated by her posterity.

Watching them excel was a great source of happiness to her.

A faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, she was active in various secretarial, teaching and leadership positions and especially loved attending the temple.

She encouraged her children to do the same.

She enjoyed her work in Daughters of Utah Pioneers and treasured her pioneer heritage.

Survivors include her children: William G. Burnside (Joan) of West Jordan and Quartzsite, AZ; Oneita S. Brady (Milton) of Springville; John G. Burnside (Ellen) of Helena, MT; George H. Burnside (Jeri) of Littleton, CO; Lorraine B. Larsen (David) of Fairview; Barbara A. Wilson (Richard) of Hamilton, IL, brothers and sisters: Evan Graham (LaRene), Donna Terkelson and Loa Armstrong, all of Ogden; 26 grandchildren, 69 great-grandchildren, six great-great-grand-children.

Preceded in death by her husband John Caratat Burnside; son Jesse Cordell Burnside; sons-in-law John Nercesian and James C. Sumsion; daughter-in-law Shannon Rosenlof Burnside; grandchildren Deborah Burnside, Lisa Burnside, Beau Sumsion, Philip Sumsion.

Also brothers Kent, Lyndon, Kenneth and Francis Graham; sisters Allie Hatton and Maxine Krebs; stepmother, Ellen Checketts Clark Graham; stepbrother and stepsisters, Leland Clark, Louise Clark, Marie Hammond, Wilma Terkelson.

A viewing will be held at Rasmussen Mortuary, 96 North 100 West, Mt. Pleasant, Utah, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, 27 Dec.

Funeral will be Tuesday, 28 Dec. in Fairview 1st Ward, 100 South Main Street, at 1l:30 a.m. with a viewing from 10-11 a.m.

Burial will be in Fairview City Cemetery under direction of Rasmussen Mortuary.

The family expresses deep gratitude to Iris, Gary, and staff at Baker's Assisted Living Center for the untiring care they gave our mother; to Gunnison Valley Hospice, especially Candace Sanders; and to friends and family who lovingly cared for Mother.

Published in the Daily Herald on 12/26/2004



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  • Created by: Don Shelley
  • Added: 4 Nov 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 43924991
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Thelma Ann Graham Burnside (11 Aug 1911–21 Dec 2004), Find A Grave Memorial no. 43924991, citing Fairview Upper Cemetery, Fairview, Sanpete County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Don Shelley (contributor 47103546) .