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Burnside, Emily L. Cerkonck Mrs. – Obituary

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Baker City, Oregon

Emily L. Burnside, 89, a long-time Baker City resident,died Oct. 21, 2004, at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center.

Visitations will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Her graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Mrs. Burnside was born Oct. 30, 1914, at Saskatchewan Providence, Canada, to Albin and Anna Cerkonck. The family moved from Canada to Fall City, Wash., when she was a young girl. She received her schooling there.

She married Elmer Lloyd Burnside in 1935 at Yakima, Wash. They lived in several locations until settling at Richland working on a farm. In 1942, they moved to Halfway where they owned and operated a restaurant, bar and hotel, now known as Stockman’s.

They divorced in 1946 and Mrs. Burnside moved with her children to Baker City where she had lived since.
In Baker City, she took care of her children as well as many others as a certified foster parent for Children Services. She also ran a day care center for many years.

She loved her family and taking care of children. She enjoyed cooking and always had a large garden. She will be very missed by her children and grandchildren who loved her very much.

Survivors include her children, Deannie Burnside Wirth, and her husband, Wayne, of Spokane, Wash., Patricia Burnside Brooks of Pine City, Wash., Wayne Burnside and his wife, Linda, and Daryl Burnside and his wife, Tammy, both of Baker City; sisters, Helyn Edwards of California and Mary Frost of Grants Pass; grandchildren, Randy, Rhonda, Andrea, Theresa, Susan, Lynda, Kevin, Christopher, Jeromy, Benji, Todd, Angel and Travis; 16 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, John Curtis; and her former husband, Elmer Burnside.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Elizabeth Health Care Center through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, October 22, 2004
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor

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