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Mary Louise Glover Burke, 90, of Savannah, Georgia, died peacefully in her sleep Wednesday morning, May 13, 2015.

burke - mary (150 x 210)Born in Washington County, Georgia, she was a daughter of the late John Will Glover and the late Mary Frances Salter Glover. Growing up on her family’s working farm during the struggles of the Great Depression, Mrs. Burke learned the value of hard work at an early age. This trait served her well throughout her life. It allowed her to persevere as a single mother tirelessly working multiple jobs to selflessly create a foundation for the successful lives of her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. Always one to put others before herself, Ms. Mary—as she was known to those outside her family—could always find a dime, a dollar or a pair of shoes when someone was in need of help. She saw a Christian life and social responsibility as irrevocably linked ideas and tried every day to live her life as a reflection of God’s Grace.

Mrs. Burke was a founding member of Louisiana Avenue Church of Christ here in Savannah. She retired as a department manager after 30 years of service with F. W. Woolworth Company. Not one to sit at home, Mrs. Burke later retired from the bakery and as a greeter for Kroger Company. Nana, as she was known to her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, loved her family more than anything else in the world. Her greatest joy was spending time them and welcoming each new generation with unconditional love. Mrs. Burke was especially rooted to her old home place. She loved to spend time “up home” sitting and reminiscing about a time passed.

Surviving are one daughter, Brenda P. Clements and her husband, Bill, of Savannah, Georgia; one son, Larry Burke and his wife, Evelyn, of Savannah, Georgia; four grandchildren, Joseph Gulotta (Karen Matthews), Carl Gulotta (Latrell Gulotta), Daniel P. Burke (Keri Sowers) and Kathleen M. Burke; eight great-grandchildren, Jaris Gulotta, Robert Gulotta, Haley Gulotta, Carmen Gulotta, Carl “C. J.” Gulotta, Jr., Ella Burke, Lawrence McCarren and Leya McCarren, and two great-great-grandchildren, A’mya Gilbert and Amari Gilbert.

The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 o’clock Friday, May 15, 2015, at Gamble Funeral Service – 410 Stephenson Avenue.

The funeral service will be held at 7 o’clock Friday evening, May 15, in the chapel of Gamble Funeral Service conducted by Alan Wright. Interment will be at 1 o’clock Saturday afternoon, May 16, in Pleasant Springs United Methodist Church Cemetery near Bartow, Georgia.

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  1. Colette & Gary Sego says:

    Dear Kathleen, So sorry about the loss of your grandmother! Our prayers will be with you and your family! Please tell your dad also!
    Sending love and prayers!
    Colette & Gary Sego

  2. John horton says:

    Larry so sorry to see that Ms. Burke has passed away. I will always remember when she would come in to the shop she would only talk to me or daddy when he was there. I liked her she was always so nice. My dad passed away January 2 years ago. I know it’s not easy to deal with but she is at peace now, Again, I am sorry for your loss.

  3. Lissa Coleman says:

    God Bless Her.

  4. Tony Center says:


    I read this morning about your mother’s passing. When I saw the name Burke, I immediately looked for her family to see if this obituary was your mom’s. Please accept my love and sympathy, to both you and Evelyn, and your family. To have raised a son as kind, compassionate, and caring as you, she must have been a wonderful woman. All of you are in my thoughts.

  5. Janet Loginow says:

    Ms. Mary was a great Sister-in- Christ to my whole family for all my life as the daughter of Harry and Faye McLeighton and later my Step-Mom, Doris. I often saw her on Broughton Street during my lunch hour in the early 70’s when I would eat a bite at the luncheon counters there. She always welcomed me back to the Church at Louisiana Avenue and told me my Mother was “a doll.” She was a writing correspondent with me for many years and i will miss her greatly. I will always treasure the memory of her sweet smile and kindly way.

    God bless her dear family.

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