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Retha L. Burgett

February 2, 1918 — May 26, 2016

Funeral services for Retha Burgett, 98, widow of Lawrence "Boo" Burgett, of Chariton will be Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at the Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Chariton. No visitation is planned. Interment will be at the Chariton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials are requested to the Lucas County Public Health Nurse or to the Chariton Cemetery. Retha was born February 2, 1918 in Bussey, Iowa to Elmer and Edith Hall Little. She attended school at Marysville, Iowa and finished at Williamson High School. She lived in Chariton since she was 19 years old. Retha was married to Lawrence "Boo" Burgett on May 4, 1938. Retha was a caregiver and worked as a nurse's aide at the Chariton Memorial Hospital and the Chariton Manor. She was a member of the Rebekah Lodge for 70 plus years and belonged to the Chariton First United Methodist Church. She always had a strong faith and was a believer. Retha was truly an amazing lady. At 98 years old she was still active and independent. She liked to keep up on current events, try new recipes, and was always cheerful and positive. Retha's cooking was famous and her pies spectacular. She enjoyed Elvis' music and collecting his memorabilia. Retha loved to make new friends, liked to visit, and everyone loved to receive a hand written letter from Retha. She especially enjoyed children and loved to baby sit. She was very adventurous and loved to travel with Boo. They had many adventures while traveling by rail car as Boo worked all over the country. Everyone can picture Retha being well dressed, with an angel pin and a smile on her face. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. Retha passed away May 26, 2016 at the Lucas County Health Center at the age of 98 years. Her husband, Lawrence "Boo" Burgett in 1999; preceded her in death as well as her sisters: Bonnie Beard, Lavonne Hoff, and Inez Hoambrecker. Surviving are nieces and nephew: Faye Gundy, Karen Bobeck, and Budd Paul Hoff; great niece, Kasey Tickel; also, Devoted friend, Kay Mullen, surrogate granddaughter Melissa Brooks, great great grandson Sawyer Brooks and fellow hot pepper enthusiast, Justin Brooks all of Richmond, Virginia; along with many relatives and friends. Cemetery Details Chariton Cemetery HWY 14 and HWY 34
Chariton, IA 50049

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