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Patricia H. Burnette, 79, died at 11:12 a.m. Sept. 8, 2009, at St. Ritas Medical Center, Lima.

She was born Aug. 5, 1930, in Ecorse, Mich., to William and Helen Schatzinger Murray, who preceded her in death. On June 27, 1953, she married Frank O. Burnette Sr., who died Oct. 2, 2000.

Mrs. Burnette was a claims examiner for the state of Ohio Bureau of Employment Services in Lima. She was a member of SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Ottawa, where she was a minister of praise, Eucharistic minister and a member of the Altar Rosary Society. She was a member of Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge 54, the Military Officers Association Auxiliary, the Ottawa American Legion Auxiliary, the Peri State of Ohio, and the National Right to Life. She was a life member of Beta Sigma Phi Professional Womens Organization and was Sigma Phi outstanding woman of the year in 1960. She was a former Cub Scout and Webelo leader and a volunteer at Veterans Memorial Civic Center and Encore Theater. She volunteered many years at the dance center in Ottawa. She loved all the young girls and was known affectionately as Grandma Pat. She enjoyed vacationing in Kennebunkport, Maine. She was a 1948 graduate of Delphos St. Johns High School.

Survivors include three sons, Frank (Wendy) Burnette Jr., of Shingle Springs, Calif., Alan Burnette, of Dublin, and Steve (Sarah) Burnette, of Kennebunkport, Maine; a daughter, Brenda Hoyt (Jim) Brackman, of Findlay; a brother, William (Dana) Murray, of Midland, Mich.; four sisters, Margaret Herbig, of Dayton, Wilma McNeil-Pike, of Lima, Nancy Szkolnik, of Palm Bay, Fla., and Karen (Richard) Cooper, of Bryan.

She was preceded in death by a son, Paul Michael Burnette; and a brother, John Murray.

A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Ottawa. The Rev. Alfons Minja will officiate. Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., at a later date.

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at Love Funeral Home, Ottawa, where a Scripture service will begin at 2:30 p.m. Friday and an American Legion Auxiliary service will begin at 7 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the National Right to Life or the American Kidney Research Center.

Condolences may be expressed at www.lovefuneralhome.com.

Patricia H. Burnette
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