Born in Malden on Feb. 28, 1940, she was the daughter of Ralph and Ada Pearl (Davis) Darnell. On Sept. 26, 1961, she was united in marriage to James Paul Burks in Malden. He preceded her in death on April 26, 1990.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Melba Hardin and Johnnie Gorman; and one brother, W.C. Darnell.
Surviving are three sons, Shawn (Sharon) Burks of Malden, Mark (Kristi) Burks of Jackson and Brett Burks of Malden; four grandchildren, Bailey, Emily, Owen and Abigail Burks; and two brothers, Jim Darnell and Sam Darnell, both of Malden.
Visitation was held Tuesday, Feb. 9, at the Landess Funeral Chapel in Malden. Funeral services were conducted on Wednesday, Feb. 10, at the First Church of the Nazarene in Malden with the Rev. Ken Goodwin officiating. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery, Malden. Landess Funeral Home of Malden was in charge of arrangements.