Betty Ruth Burke

April 10, 1940 ‒ March 28, 2017

Lexington, Ohio

LEXINGTON: Betty Ruth Burke, age 76, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 from her Lexington home.

She was born April 10, 1940 to parents Walter & Minnie (Cartmill) Lore in Portsmouth one of twelve children. On October 30, 1960 she married David K. Burke and they shared 42 wonderful years of marriage until he passed away in 2002. They are now together again.

Betty worked at Essex for over 10 years until retiring. She was an active member of Lexington Church of the Nazarene where in younger years she sang in the choir.

In spare time, she took pleasure in dinner dates with friends and spending time with her family. She loved soaking up the sunshine and looked forward to the annual Lore Family Reunion. She was an excellent cook and everyone loved her biscuits and gravy. Betty kept a garden and enlisted the whole family’s help in canning green beans. She will be remembered as a sweet person with a smile that could light up a room.

Betty is survived by her son Brian Burke of Lexington; daughter Robin Burke of Mansfield; four grandchildren Amanda Keene, Melody Kash, Courtney McQuate and Heather Price; seven great-grandchildren including Hunter Burke, Madilyn Kash, Tessa Perry, Kaydon Price, and Guige Price; siblings Darrell (Wanda) Lore, George (MaryAnn) Lore, and Joyce (Harry) Oaks; along with nieces, nephews, and extended family.

In addition to her loving husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, a grandson Coty McQuate, and siblings Stan Lore, Stella LaDow, Mary Bender, Edward Lore, Sherman Lore, Anne, AltaMae Williams, and Edith Wilhite.

Friends may call 1-3 and 5-7 p.m. Friday, March 31, 2017 at the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where a funeral service honoring her life will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, April 1st. Pastor Mark Bales will officiate and burial will follow in Oak Grove Memorial Park near Lexington.

Contributions in her memory to the Lore Fund (please make checks payable to Sharon Phillips) may be made at her services.

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  • My Sympathy to the Burke Family in the passing of Betty. She was a fine loving Mother and Grandmother. She will be missed.

  • Dwain and Janice Etterling would like to extend our deep condolences for the loss of sweet Aunt Betty. She was one of a kind, even though she was from a family of twelve. Her sweet giggles and kindness and love will be so missed. The times she came to visit with us when her husband Dave was living was special to us and our family. I ask God to be with the immediate family during this time of great sorrow. I know He is the only One that can see us through times such as these. I know Aunt Betty loved the Lord Jesus and I know where she is right now. She is in paradise and all the earthly sorrows and pains and heartaches are now but a midst. She is in a place that death has no dominion, a place of beauty that eyes have not seen. She is in a place where the music is nothing but heavenly. She is with the Lord forever more and enjoying the beauties to grand to tell. Enjoy my sweet Aunt Betty, will not say good bye, but will say we will see you later. Enjoy being with all the family that has gone on before us…until then, remember we love you always….The Etterlings

  • Danielle Evans (Mersiel ) would like to offer her condolences to all the family… Sure loved Betty, she was a special person and I will never forget the many Thanksgiving dinners at her house and the all day shopping trips! I am sure she is rejoicing in heaven right now! Love and prayers to all…

  • To Betty’s children, grandchildren, siblings, nephews, nieces and all other members of her beautiful family Ray & I send love, hugs, thoughts & prayers. We are so sorry for your great loss. Ray & I loved Betty as if she was one of our siblings. She has always been special to us. If you ever had the honor of meeting her you would never forget that sweet smile or the way she expressed her self would keep you in stitches. She is back with her husband, parents, brothers, sisters, all other family members & friends that have taken their final journey home to Heaven rejoicing around God’s throne. The precious memories we can all hold near & dear to our hearts until the day we will also take our final journey. Let’s all make sure we have repented, asked forgiveness and have accepted the Jesus that Betty loved & served into our hearts so that when our time on earth is done we can join all our family & friends to never half to say good bye again. Until that day. The Lord bless you and keep you: The Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you: The Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace. Numbers 6:24-26. Praying God’s comfort for all of you at this difficult time. God bless. Love & prayers, Marty & Ray Cooley….

  • My Sympathy to the Burke Family in the passing of Betty. She was a fine loving Mother and Grandmother. She will be missed. Pauline Butler

  • Time has a way of slipping by before you even realize how long its been since you’ve seen someone so special to your heart and soul. I had found out too late to attend Visiting hours but my prayers and condolences are for Betty’s entire family whom she adored more than anything. Betty holds a place in my heart so dear to me. She is truly… “One in a million girls”. Shes so beautiful, inside and out, I will always remember her smile, her having fun and joking around, her love for her husband, her sisters and brothers, her children, her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren. She is definitely a role model to me. Her faith and love for the LORD taught me so much. Her relationships with her brothers and sisters and the annual reunions showed me what really matters in life. I could talk to her about anything and she never judged me …only offered her love and support. I am so lucky to have known her and all that she stands for. I know shes dancing with her husband, smiling, laughing outside in the sunshine in Heaven! No more diabetes… no more heart problems, no pain! I will always hold my memories of her so close. Peace and love to all her family.