"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace." -Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
Ann (Annie) M. Burnett, nee York, aged 89 of Clinton Township, Michigan, died peacefully at her home on November 15, 2020 surrounded by family who loved her deeply.
Ann was born January 24, 1931 in Danville, Alabama to Lou & William York. Her mother died of tuberculosis when she was only nine years old and Ann was raised by her sister Ella Mae. The sisters moved to Detroit where Ann graduated from Western High School. Soon after, she and William were engaged during a moonlight cruise on the Boblo boat. They were married on August 15, 1949 and bought a house on Detroit's east side.
Through the years, she worked at iconic Detroit locations including the Bagley Theater and the J. L. Hudson department store, where she worked from 1962-1971.
Long before there were casinos in Michigan, she enjoyed traveling to Canada with her sister to win big Bingo jackpots. She also loved Belle Isle and there were lots of family picnics, beach and zoo visits; and her family loved the picnic lunches she would make.
First and foremost, she loved being a mom. As the years went by, she found her joy in the large family she and William had created. By the 1980s, they had moved to Warren where she enjoyed cooking southern favorites and hosting holidays for all six of her children and their families. She made sure every visitor was fed, comfortable, and made to feel like a part of the family.
Beyond raising her children, Ann's nurturing spirit was displayed in other ways. Ann had a deeply abiding faith in the Baptist Community. She loved gardening and her roses were the envy of the neighborhood. She also loved cats; she had been known to feed strays, which led to Angel, Bugsy, and Honey Bear becoming part of the family.
A memorable occasion was when the entire family traveled to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. When Bill passed in 2006, they had been married for 56 years.
In recent years she enjoyed the company of the staff and residents at her senior apartment complex. Ann enjoyed live entertainment and playing Bingo twice a week. She also never missed voting in an election and was happy to cast her last ballot in the 2020 presidential election.
Ann was an avid fan of all things Elvis. She found great happiness traveling to both Memphis and Nashville, where she visited Graceland, the Grand Ole' Opery, and Sun Records where many of her favorite artists recorded. Her favorite memory was being able to see Elvis live in concert. She has always had a passion for music and was a self-taught pianist. Her musical roots were Country, but her interest spanned all genres; she instilled a love of music in her children. Music was more important than ever to her these past few months due to COVID quarantine restrictions, which did not allow her to leave her apartment.
Ann was a very beloved mother and is survived by 5 of her children, Delores (Bob) Koepke, Linda (Chuck) Chrnalogar, William (Nancy) Burnett, Kimberly (David Pankotai) Burnett, and Kristi Montreuil.
She was the cherished grandmother of Steve (Heidi) Billingsley, Scott (Shannan) Billingsley, Erin (Sandy) Korich, Tracy Chrnalogar, Chuck Chrnalogar, Celena (David) Marr, Corina Burnett, Bill (Kim) Burnett, Kevin Murray, Megan Gilbert, Rory Montreuil, Rachel Montreuil, Melissa (Mike) Wilson, Tiffany McKinney, Michael McKinney, Lacie (Jeff Potyk) Melasi, and Lizz Burnett.
Ann was also a beloved great-grandmother of many great-grandchildren. She will be truly missed by all who knew her.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband William; parents Lou and William York; son Ronald (Vicki) Burnett; and was a caring sister to all fourteen of her siblings, including: Joe Hampton, Luther (Nelsie Mae) Hampton, Ella Mae (Frank) Caine, Leldon (Irene) York, John (Lucy) York, Ethel (George) Saunders, Lillian (Harry) Luker, Stella (Doyle) Walker, Sadie (Manley) Brown, Lorene (Kermit) Carter, Cleo (JW) Johnson, Leo York, Don (Clara) York, and Hansel (Nell) Black.
Because of Ann's love of animals, the family is accepting donations for the Humane Society of Macomb. Donations may be mailed to the charity directly, written to The Humane Society of Macomb, address: 11350 22 Mile Rd., Utica, MI 48317. Donations may also be made online at humanesocietyofmacomb.org/donations/.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, November 22, 2020 from 11:00-4:00pm with services at 3:00 pm at Chas. Verheyden Inc., 43300 Garfield, Clinton Twp., MI. Due to COVID restrictions masks are required and the visitation will be held by rotating groups of 25. Please Share a memory at www.verheyden.org. A tribute Video has been posted to this obituary. Please click on the Photos and Videos tab at the top of the screen to view.
Kimberly and family,
You have our heartfelt condolences at the loss of your dear mother. May you find comfort in your sweet memories of her. Peace to your hearts.
Cousins Diane, Michael, and Zachary
So glad Jeanette and I got to visit Aunt Anne and Uncle Bill at their home. I remember all the pretty roses, and it was so much like my mother's (Anne's sister, Lorene) flowers. I enjoyed talking to you on the phone through the years. Love to the family, Patsy Carter Garrison
God bless you Ms Ann
We couldn’t have asked for better friends/neighbors as in you and Mr Bill. Thank you for all your kindness
We will never forget you ,
Scott & Nina
God bless you Ms Ann
We couldn’t have asked for better people like Mr Bill and yourself to be our friend/ neighbor. Thank you for all your kindness. We will forever remember you “The Stout Street Crew” ❤️🙏
Ann was always a friend to me and so sweet and caring. A good listener, she was always interested in other people and what they had to say. She will be dearly missed. Mary Gilbert Dworin
Anne was always so good to me. I spent many hours with her having coffee and chatting. Her backyard was just full of beautiful roses. It was certainly a sight to see. Im glad our paths crossed in life.
One fond memory I have of her is when she won tickets to see Donnie and Marie Osmond. She was always so lucky at those radio call ins. I was the lucky one (could never stand the Osmond s) to take her to the show out at Pine Knob. Well...we drove through a horrific storm on the way but we made it...she just loved being there and sharing the moment with me. It is a very fond memory of her.
I haven't kept close with Anne thru the years but always kept her in my heart. Love you Anne and know you are at rest and happy!
Clinton Township, MI, United States 48038
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