December 5, 1919 - November 3, 2017
Mary LouElla (Smith) Burrell, 97, passed away on November 3, 2017 in Dallas, Texas. She lived her adult life in Burlington, Kansas; Russellville, Alabama; and in recent years Dallas, Texas. A service of remembrance will be held on Saturday, November 25 at 11 a.m. at the Jones Funeral Home, 801 Garrettson Street, Burlington, Kansas.
Mary LouElla Smith was born in Calhoun County, Mississippi to John Alton Smith and Mary Howell Smith on December 5, 1919. Mary spent her childhood and early adult years with her family in Russellville, Alabama. She married Albert “Bucky” Burrell on December 18, 1944 in Santa Ana, California, where Bucky was stationed in the Army during World War II. After Bucky was discharged in August 1945, the newlyweds returned to Bucky’s hometown of Burlington. There they worked side-by-side in their radio/TV shop for decades until they retired. Mary and Bucky visited all 50 states and were very involved in American Legion activities. Mary was always willing to take a trip (as long as someone else was driving), make a joke, and give a smile or a kind word. Even in her final days she made the effort to make others happy, making jokes even when she was exhausted and in failing health. She loved coffee (black), Kentucky Fried Chicken, and McDonald’s breakfast sandwiches. Never, ever offer her fish! Despite years of supporting Bucky’s large fishing parties, she never learned to like to eat fish.
Mary Burrell is preceded in death by her parents (John and Mary Smith), her sisters (Martha Elizabeth Lindsay, Clara Estelle Blackstock, Nellie Odell Wilson, and Alma Altie Loveless), brother (Johnnie Ray Smith), her husband (Bucky Burrell), and many nieces and nephews.
Mary is survived by her sister-in-law, Mary Smith; her nieces Saraliene Durrett, Samantha Durst, Athena Sullivan, and Margaret Mann; and her nephews Rodney Smith, Bill Wilson, and Ronnie Hugh Wilson. In addition, she leaves behind many great-nieces, great nephews and friends.
We will miss her terribly, but we know she is happier now that she is reunited with her family and her beloved Bucky.
God speed, Aunt Mary. We love you.