July 11, 1929 - May 20, 2021
Mary Moran Burnham passed away peacefully in her apartment at Highland Cove in Salt Lake City, Utah. She went to heaven to be with God at the age of 91+ years on May 21, 2021. She was married to Keith Parley Burnham on December 20, 1952. Preceded in death by her loving husband of 36 years. Dad and mom were soul mates and she could not wait to be with him again. She will be lovingly remembered by her sister, Marleen Gilpin; son, Paul Burnham and two daughters, Elizabeth and Nannette Burnham. Mom loved the sun and outdoors! She was a fiery red head and 100% Irish Catholic. She graduated from Judge Memorial High School and from the University of Utah with a degree in education. She taught first grade until she retired. Mom was an avid Utah football and basketball fan especially when they played BYU. Dad (Keith) was introduced to Mom after she was in a serious car accident coming home from Elko, Nevada where she started her teaching career. After marrying Dad, they lived in Park City. She loved Park City because her dad (who died when she was 5 years old from a Staph infection) had been in charge of the Silver King Mine. Unfortunately, Dad always talked about buying a house on Main Street, but they did not purchase any property in Park City. Dad started working for the State of Utah and after 2 years they moved to Provo, Utah. They raised three children (Liz, Paul, and Nan). She was a first grade teacher at Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic School until it closed in 1971. Then, she taught at Franklin Elementary until she retired. Mom loved the holidays, including decorating, cooking, and going to church. She (and the family) never ever missed Mass or confession. During the pandemic she watched Mass on TV and loved the Catholic station. She loved Midnight Mass on Christmas. Every month had a holiday in mom’s eyes. On Saint Patrick’s Day she would cook a large amount of corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, and all the fixings. She took Saint Patrick’s Day meals to all the neighbors. On the Fourth of July (and during the summer), she would make her potato salad that was out of this world. On Thanksgiving she would make her famous stuffing to put inside the turkey. She never used a box mix. Everything was made from scratch. Her love for her children was infinite. She never turned her back on Paul and was always there for his wild days to straighten him out. Mom loved animals, even when Nan would bring home every stray starving animal, not just cats and dogs. She would make or find a home for each animal. She taught her children a love of animals and nature. Mom especially loved hummingbirds. Mom (and Dad) loved music and theater. She made sure all of the children had a solid musical background, no matter instrument of choice. We started going to “The Nutcracker” yearly at an early age. Ballets, theater, and symphonies followed. She and dad believed in outdoor activities including hiking, bird watching, and fishing on the Provo River. She was an accomplished skier in her younger days, teaching Liz to ski while holding her between her legs. Mom loved her garden, making sure that all the flowers around the house were color coordinated. The roses and ivy had to be trimmed correctly to her satisfaction. Mother’s Day was the day everyone helped plant the yearly flowers. As mom aged the large family home became too much to handle so the home was sold. She moved into an apartment at Highland Cove Retirement Community in Salt Lake City, close to Nan. Mom, Jackie, and Julia were known as the “three musketeers”. Everyone loved having mom around and their faces lit up when she entered the room. The coronavirus pandemic was hard on everyone. Highland Cove residents had to stay in their apartments and the dining room was closed. The hourly residential group activities stopped. Meals were delivered to each person. Mom and Paul enjoyed multiple video calls each day on their GrandPads. The isolation took a tool on everyone. Mom spent her last days enjoying her balcony, tree, and hummingbirds. She died peacefully, in her own bed on May 20, 2021. Graveside services will be held at 12:00 noon, Monday, May 24, 2021 at Eastlawn Memorial Hills, 4800 North 650 East, Provo, Utah. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.bergmortuary.com.
Mary Moran Burnham passed away peacefully in her apartment at Highland Cove in Salt Lake City, Utah. She went to heaven to be with God at the age of 91+ years on May 21, 2021. She was married to Keith Parley Burnham on December 20, 1952. Preceded... View Obituary & Service Information
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