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Josephine Ann (Ennis) Burley, 99, of Lothian died Aug. 13, 2012, at Mandrin Inpatient Care Center in Harwood.
She was born Feb. 18, 1913, in Bristol to the late William and Hettie Ennis.
She received her education in the Anne Arundel County Public School System. She served as a home technician to families in the Bristol and Lothian areas. She was employed by the Crosby, Hyatt, Talbott and Spicknal families, providing them with basic home care needs, and assisting with the rearing of their children. She married Calvert Wesley Burley, whom she was dearly in love with for more than 50 years. They had seven children.
She was a faithful member of Union United Methodist Church. Affectionately known as “Mother Burley,” she was an active member of Union for more than 50 years. She lived a life that exemplified a true Christian woman. People could find her sitting in the third pew each and every Sunday until her health began to fail. She loved ministering to the other members about how good God had been to her and her family despite the times. She loved her pastor and her church family.
She loved to spend quality time with her family; visiting and playing (and cheating at) dominoes with her only surviving sibling, William; conversing daily with loved ones; traveling to Baltimore for family gatherings at her niece Edith’s home; and, in the fall, viewing the leaves changing throughout the roads of Pennsylvania with her grandson, Starnard. She enjoyed planting flowers in the garden and could tell which relative gave her which tree, plant or flower in her gardens. She truly enjoyed visiting the homes of her granddaughters, Mary, Rose, Amanda, Agnes, Carrie, JoAnn and Shanna. She would spoil the great-grandchildren and allowed them to have their way. She looked forward to her annual birthday and Mother’s Day celebrations.
She was a kind, loving and caring person. She was humble and quiet, but her warmth and passion for life was like a beacon of light seen for miles ahead. She treasured each day that God allowed her to see and thanked Him for allowing her to see another day. She credited God for every blessing she and her family received in life. God was the head of her life and she was not ashamed to tell about her walk with the Lord. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, niece and friend. She had the ability to bring joy to those around her with her beautiful smile and vibrant laughter and personality. She had a special bond with each member of the family, especially her children. There was often a debate over who was her favorite grandchild, but in actuality, she had enough love, guidance and wisdom for each one. She was the matriarch of the family. She will be missed by those who loved and knew her, but her legacy lives on through many loved ones.
She was preceded in death by her husband; son, George Burley; daughters, Agnes Pindell, Mary Dandridge, Hettie Bell and Carrie Spriggs; sisters, Nannie, Leitha, Lavenia, Sarah, Agnes and Hettie and Carrie Ennis; brothers, George, Charles, Clarence and Moses Ennis; grandchildren, Roland Spriggs, Allen Bell, Carlester Dandridge, Regina Mae Dorsey, Margaret Brown and Marvin Dandridge; great-grandchildren, Stinard Moore, Andrew Dorsey and Valerie Bell; great-great-grandchildren, Kayden Dandridge and London Bell; sons-in-law, Thomas Bell Sr., Edward Pindell and Donald R. Dandridge; and daughter-in-law, Helen Burley.
She is survived by her children, Calvert and Sarah Ann Burley; brother, William Ennis; grandchildren, Donald Dandridge, James Burley, Sharon Moore, Starnard Dandridge, Roy Contee and Mary Burley; 15 grandchildren; 59 great-grandchildren; 34 great-great-grandchildren; son-in-law, Melvin Spriggs; adopted son, Richard Sharps; the Union United Methodist Church family; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Funeral service was held Aug. 21 at Dunkirk Baptist Church in Dunkirk, with the Rev. Stella Tay officiating.
Interment was at Moses Cemetery in Lothian.
Pallbearers were Kenji Brown Sr., Joseph Gross, Cassius Owens, Valentino Owens, Morris Pindell, Irving Pritchett and Erik Underwood.
Arrangements were provided by Sewell Funeral Home in Prince Frederick.