Laura Burk

Laura Burk, 102, died October 13, 2020 at Brookside Retirement Community where she had resided for the past 7 years.  She was born in Missouri to Carl (Fred) and Lillian Ward.  She moved to Emporia at age 8 and attended Emporia schools.  She received a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Emporia State Teachers college in 1938. 

Laura was a homemaker and taught school at Lebo High School, Scranton grade school, and Santa Fe High School.  She retired in 1975.  She was a life-long member of the United Methodist church; attending first in Emporia and later in Scranton.  She was active in the church serving as treasurer of the Scranton UMC for seven years, and as a member of the United Methodist Women.   Laura also had been a member of the TOP study club, the Scranton Scramblers 4-H club as the local and county entomology leader, the Square Circle bridge club, and the pinochle card club.  She was also a member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, and the Corinthian Chapter #181 Order of Eastern Star in Burlingame.  She helped start the Scranton library and was librarian for several years.  As a lifelong KU Jayhawk and KC Royals fan, she never missed a game on tv or radio. 

She married Harry Burk in 1940 and they resided in Scranton.  He preceded her in death in 1991.  She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Patricia, in 1951.  She is survived by three sons:  Richard (Mary), Theodore (Christine), and Robert (Margaret).  She is also survived by five grandchildren:  Christopher, Heather, Laurel, Rosemary, and Adelle; five great-grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren.

Services will be at a later date at Cross Road Community Church in Scranton.  Memorial contributions can be made to KTWU public television in Topeka.   

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  1. May she R.I.P .I NEW HER MY KIDS NEW HER . JENNIFER PAYNE AND ADAM AND Aaron PAYNE. My family pray for you and your family. ❤

  2. What a special lady! I have good memories of her visiting with my mother, watching the games, and seeing her lovely flower garden. Thinking of each of you and praying you are comforted in God’s peace.

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