- April 8, 1931 - February 18, 2012
- Austin, Texas
of Nell's Passing
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I am so very very sorry, we did not know about your precious Nell or we would have been there for you. You and Nell have been such a...Read More »
1 of 11 | Posted by: Julie Lyerla - austin, TX
“Uncle Don, David and Shawn,
Aunt Nell was a very special person in my life as well as our family. Her warm smile and kind heart will be missed. ...Read More »
2 of 11 | Posted by: Celina Fuller - Waco, TX - Aunt
“Uncle Don, our prayers are with you David and Shawn. Aunt Nell was one of the sweetest ladies ever. God Bless and comfort you all.
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3 of 11 | Posted by: Dallas Burke - Irving, TX
Don, Shawn and David
Nell was more than a sister-in-law, she was more of our sister and we are going to miss her. We are here for...Read More »
4 of 11 | Posted by: Marilynn & don Sustala - Waco, TX
My deepest sympathy goes out to you for your loss. We know that she is in a much better place now. But ya'll have been together so long...Read More »
5 of 11 | Posted by: Dianna Burke Butler - Waco, TX
“Don and family, our heart goes out to your loss. We didn't get to spend as much time with your family as we probably should have but you were getting...Read More »
6 of 11 | Posted by: Jim and Dorothy Granfor - Temple, TX
“Nell, You were a great lady, and Russell and I are proud to have known and experienced memorable gatherings with you, Don, and the boys when we were...Read More »
7 of 11 | Posted by: Mary E. Raines - Clinton, NC
“We send you and the boys our deapest sympathy. She was a Great lady.and we will allways remember the great times together..
8 of 11 | Posted by: Guy nAnd Ruth Faire - WA - Friend
“Aunt Nell was such a great part of my life, I am so lucky to have such wonderful memories of her as well as my husband and children do. She always...Read More »
9 of 11 | Posted by: Jill Reed & family - Pleasanton, TX
You and David and Shawn have my deepest sympathy in the loss of Nell.
I remember meeting you and Nell at your mom's home, I think...Read More »
10 of 11 | Posted by: Patti Hanft Hankey - Denton, TX
“Uncle Don,you are in our prayers.Aunt Nell was a beautiful women and a real lady,she had such a sweet smile and personality.She will be so missed.We...Read More »
11 of 11 | Posted by: Tonya Burke - Duncan, OK - Aunt
Johnnie Nell Burke, who preferred to be called Nell, was born April 8, 1931 in Carbon Hill, Alabama, the oldest daughter of Johnny C and Mary Ethel Estes. She went to be with the Lord on February 18, 2012.
Nell is survived by her husband Don Burke; sons David Burke and Shawn Burke both of Austin, Texas; sister Betty Ann Dolby of Bessemer, Alabama; and brother James Thomas Estes of Poplarville, Mississippi. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Charles Ray Estes, Johnny C. Estes Jr., Bobby E. Estes, William (Billy) Joe Estes; and sister Frances Rebecca Doonan.
Nell was a graduate of Alabama's Fayette County High School and moved to Selma, Alabama where her father was a Conductor for the Southern Railroad. It was in Selma that she met and married her husband on October 3, 1958 who was stationed at Craig AFB. She then became a military wife for the next twenty four years. Nell worked part time in the day care centers at Fairview Baptist Church and Bethlehem Lutheran Church. She also worked part time in the Records Management Department at Austin Community College from 1989 until she retired in 2005.
Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 2620 S. Congress Ave. Funeral services will be at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 22nd in the Weed-Corley-Fish Chapel. Burial will be 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 23rd at Prairie Hill Cemetery, Prairie Hill, Texas.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Faith Baptist Church in Austin, Texas where Johnnie "Nell" was an active member.