Juliette Burnett, 96, Topeka: Aug. 21, 1918 – Dec. 21, 2014

Juliette Burnett, of Topeka, passed away Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, at the Brewster Place Retirement Community. She was born Aug. 21, 1918, on a farm near Williamsburg, Kan., the oldest of five children, to Jessie Dale and Kathryn May (Ryan) Green.

Her childhood years were spent on the family farm located on the River Road east of Melvern, Kan., with the exception of one year when the family moved to Fairfield, Iowa. Juliette attended the Rock Creek one-room grade school near the family farm. She attended and graduated from Melvern High School in 1936. She rode a horse to and from school – high school was a distance of three miles each way.

Juliette and Stephen Grover Burnett were married on May 6, 1937, in Council Grove, Kan., and began their marriage operating a farm and livestock operation in the Melvern community. For the first 12 years they lived and farmed on rental property. In 1949, they purchased their farm on the Marais des Cygnes River three miles west of Melvern. Juliette was a full partner in the farm, working in the field and with the livestock, in addition to maintaining the home. In 1951, their first child, a son, Stephen, was born. In 1955, a daughter, Susan, was added to the family. Juliette was active in the Melvern United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, the Entre Nous Club, the Melvern Library and many other local organizations.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Stephen Grover on Nov. 21,1991, her brother, Jessie Dale Jr.

She is survived by her son Stephen (Cynthia) Burnett, Topeka; daughter, Susan (Robert) Grimmett, Topeka; sisters, Margret (Otis) Patterson, Mary Kay Jones, and Phyllis (Wayne) Litch, all of Melvern; sisters-in-law, Jane Green, Paola, and Flossie (Burnett) Duffy, Chicago, Ill.; grandsons, Stephen Grimmett, Topeka, Michael Grimmett, Lawrence, and John (Cassandra) Grimmett, Portland, Ore.; and many nephews and nieces.

The family would like to thank the staff of Brewster Place, Saint Francis Hospital, Comfort Keepers and Midland Hospice for their dedicated and loving care provided for our mother.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Melvern Methodist Church or the Melvern Community Center and sent in care of Feltner Funeral Home, P.O. Box 160, Lyndon, KS 66451.

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