December 09, 1916 - November 25, 2002
On December 9, 1915, June Amelda was born in Starksville, Mississippi to Julia and Monroe Burton. She was the eighth of a very close knit eleven children. Both parents and nine siblings preceded her in death.
She confessed a hope in Christ early in her life and became a baptized member of the New Light Methodist Church in Starksville, Mississippi and began teaching Sunday School.
June was reared in a family where religion, education and civic pride were dominant. She received her elementary and secondary education in the Starksville public school system. After receiving her degree in education from Rusk College, June taught elementary school in the Starksville public school system. She met James Burrage and on April 30, 1938 they were united in Holy Matrimony. The couple had two sons, James Otis and McCoy Russell; and two daughters,both of whom were stillborn.
The young family relocated to St. Louis, Missouri in 1951 and attended the Lane Tabernacle Church before joining the Union Memorial United Methodist Church under the leadership of Rev. White.
June enrolled in the St. Louis Board of Education school for Licensed Practical Nursing. Upon graduating, she found employment at the former Homer G. Phillips Hospital. She remained there for over twenty-five years until she retired in the 1980's. During her tenure there, she took on the rearing of her youngest son's four small children following the untimely death of their mother. Ever steadfast, she went on to attend Harris Stowe State College for two and one half years and even earned a graduate certificate from Homer G. Phillips Hospital A.M.R.L.(American Medical Records Librarian). She became increasingly active with the local branch of the NAACP, earning honors for selling over 100 to 150 memberships several years straight. She remained active with her sorority and the Housewives League and the Omar Kelly Club at Union Memorial United Methodist Church.
Ever the educator, June never missed an opportunity to ''quiz'' her grandchildren during their school years. Their visiting friends fell victim also. '' Mother June '', as she was affectionately called by them, would have a '' lesson plan '' always ready.
Mother June enjoyed entertaining in her home. Be it sorors, club or organization members, or just family, everyone was destined for a good time. Any opportunity would do but holidays were special. She would cook for a week in preparation. What a time there would be with her husband, sons, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, siblings, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. The house would be filled with fun, laughter and thanksgiving. That is what Mother June loved most of all, having her family close.
Her husband of fifty-five years, James, and her oldest son, James Otis, along with two granddaughters, Carla Burrage-Williams and Kendall Burrage, were there to greet her as she stepped from mortality into immortality on Monday, November 25, 2002.
She leaves to herald her homegoing: one son, McCoy Russell Burrage,Oklahoma City, OK; one brother, Ray Burton(Evelyn),St. Louis, MO; seven grandchildren, Ronaldo Burrage(Jane), New York City,NY, Brian Burrage, Los Angeles, CA, Theresa Burrage, Washington,D.C., Donna Edwards(Stevenson), Dale Burrage, Gregory Burrage and NiCoy Lathan(Tommie), all of St. Louis, MO; twenty-one great-grandchildren; five great-great- grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, civic leaders and friends. To God be the glory for her life!