CHARLESTON, IL – Glenda Arlene Burnett, age 81 of Charleston and formerly of Madison, Illinois, was called home to the Father on Monday, May 10, 2021 while at Hilltop Skilled Nursing. Visitation will be held on Friday, May 14, 2021 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. at Adams Funeral Chapel in Charleston. A Graveside Service, honoring and celebrating her life will follow at 1:00 p.m. at New Robinson Cemetery in Robinson, Illinois. Memorials in her honor may be made to the Coles County Animal Shelter and mailed in care of Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston, IL 61920.
Glenda was born June 12, 1939 in St. Louis, Missouri, a daughter of the late Henry Alfred and Nelda Mae (Rossman) Morgan. She was a 1957 graduate of Madison Senior High School. Her marriage to Robert Ray Burnett on March 3, 1968 in Madison, Illinois was a union that would last for nearly 31 years. Her beloved Robert preceded her in death on January 10, 1999. She is survived by her loving and devoted daughter, Nelda Dunlap and her husband Ralph of Charleston; two granddaughters, Amber Ellen Dunlap of Sullivan, Illinois and Kathleen Marie Dunlap of Charleston; four brothers, Howard Morgan and wife Dale of O’Fallon, Illinois, David Morgan and wife Patricia of Marble Hill, Missouri, Joseph Morgan of St. Louis, Missouri, and Harold Leroy Morgan and wife Audrey of Farmington, Missouri; four sisters, Debra Adams of Shipman, Illinois, Sandra Deuser and husband Dan of Steelville, Missouri, Beverly Unger of St. Charles, Missouri, and Vicky Russell of Nokomis, Illinois; two brothers-in-law, Richard Burnett of St. Charles, Missouri and Russell Burnett of Belleville, Illinois, two sisters-in-law, Rose Hahne of Belleville, Illinois and Betty Pekara of Kentucky; and numerous nieces and nephews and their families. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Veronica Wickham.
Glenda’s skills as an avid gardener, a skilled seamstress, and a marvelous cook were put to good use as a life-long homemaker who was extremely devoted to her family. She was also a talented artist and if given the opportunity, would have pursued a career in teaching art. Glenda was a fan of country music, enjoyed the challenge of a good jigsaw puzzle and an evening of watching her favorite television show “River Monsters”. Glenda’s home was always shared with her feline companions who she spoiled to the extent that they would only eat “Fancy Feast” cat food. Glenda was a woman of faith and had a life-long affiliation with the Southern Baptist Church. She was an extremely proud mother and grandmother and one whose family brought great joy to her life. Her family was also richly blessed with a loving mother and grandmother whose memory they will forever cherish and treasure.
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