Burgess, Norma (McElhiney) (March 8, 1894 - August 18, 1931)

MRS. BURGESS DIES TODAY

Death Angel Calls Her Late This Afternoon in Home Here

Douglas Enterprise - August 18, 1931

Mrs. William J. Burgess, for years a resident of Douglas and one of the best beloved women in the community, passed away in the home in this city late this Tuesday afternoon and after the Enterprise had gone to press and several hundred copies had already been issued.

Her passing comes as a distinct shock to her many friends even though her condition had long been grave. She had made a brave fight for life over a period of several years.

With her when the end came were Mr. Burgess, their children, her sister, Mrs. Sheib and a few very intimate friends.

Of course no arrangements for the funeral have as yet been attempted. Mr. Burgess and his family have the sympathy of the entire community, in this their sad hour.

MRS. BURGESS LAID AT REST

THURSDAY BY MANY FRIENDS IMPRESSIVE SERVICE HELD FOR KINDLY WOMAN WHO LONG HAD SUFFERED

Douglas Enterprise - August 25, 1931

Sorrow-bowed friends, many of them, Thursday afternoon tenderly laid Mrs. William J.(Norma) Burgess to her last rest in Douglas cemetery and thus paid fitting tribute to one who by reason of long residence in the community and a kindly personality had endeared herself to them. The funeral services, held at the Congregational church, in charge of Rev. Clayton S. Judy, were most impressive, while the mass of floral tributes attested the high esteem in which the deceased was always held.

Mrs. Norma McElhiney-Burgess was born at Lexington, Neb., March 8, 1894, the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. J.W. McElhiney. Completing her early education in the Lexington schools, from which she was graduated, she studied at the Peru and Kearney(Nebraska) normal schools and took up school teaching, coming to Douglas in such capacity. In December, 1915, she was married to William J. Burgess and to them two children, a son, William Norman, and a daughter, Beth Laurene, were born and with their father, are left to mourn the loss of a beloved mother and wife. Other immediate relatives surviving are her father, Dr. McElhiney of Sacramento, Cal., and a sister, Mrs. Leah Scheib of this city.

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