Peterson Funeral Chapel


            Marilyn Louise Burleson, age 82, passed away on January 24, 2018 after several years of ill health.  Meeting her in Heaven with arms outstretched were her mother and sisters who she had been missing for several years. 

            She was born April 5, 1935 to Cline and Pauline Hancock in Cassville, MO.  She spent almost her entire life in Southwest, MO.  She met the love of her life, Louis Ray Burleson while working in her uncle's restaurant in Cassville and they were married 64 years this past December.  She lived in Verona and Billing's for many years and then she and Ray spent their retirement years at their home overlooking Table Rock Lake.

            Marilyn was the mother of three children, Janie, Randy and Terri.  In addition to raising her children, Marilyn worked in the garden, fed the hummingbirds, fished with Ray, loved to sew and made the best cinnamon rolls and pies you would ever eat.  Marilyn loved children and taught Monett Head Start for many years, but her favorites of course were her four grandchildren.

            Marilyn was raised in the Church of Christ and continued to be a member for all her life.  She loved going to church on Sunday morning and missed going these last few years.  She loved gospel music and she and Ray went to many gospel concerts.

            Marilyn is survived by her husband, Ray; daughter, Janie of Joplin; son Randy and wife, Teresa of Neosho and daughter Terri and husband, John of Marshfield; grandchildren, Kenny and wife, Kristina, Clayton and wife, Natalie, Cierra and husband Trevor and her last grandson, Race; five precious great-grandchildren were also very special to her, Aleesa, Lyla, Nickolas, Owen and Stella; brother, Charles Hancock and several nieces and nephews.

            Preceding her in death were her parents; brother Carl and sisters, Margaret and Mary Helen.

            Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 27 at 11:30 a.m. in the Peterson Funeral Chapel.  Burial will follow in Maple Park Cemetery.

            Visitation will be held Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until service time in the funeral home.