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Janice Burnham

Posted July 22, 2013 in Obituaries, Urbandale

November 17, 1939 – July 16, 2013

Janice Burnham

Janice Burnham

Janice Kay Burnham, 73, passed away peacefully at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines on Tuesday, July 16, 2013. She was born November 17, 1939, in Des Moines, Iowa to Harold and Agnes Foote.

Janice lived in Urbandale for her entire life and saw it blossom from a rural town to a large prominent suburb of Des Moines. She graduated from Urbandale High School in 1958 and later joined Farm Bureau as a secretary. She met her future husband of 49 years, Don Burnham, in the company’s bowling league and they married shortly thereafter. In 1977, Janice followed in her mother’s footsteps by serving in the Urbandale Schools hot lunch program for 17 years. Janice enjoyed sewing, crafts, playing cards (Pitch and 500), spending time with the Friday night crew, watching 1980’s era TV show reruns, and watching the Chicago Bulls during the Michael Jordan era. Janice especially loved spending time with her children and grandchildren and attending their sporting activities. She was a member of the Urbandale United Church of Christ.

Janice was preceded in death by her parents; by her loving husband, Don Burnham, who passed away in February 2013; and her brother, Richard Foote. She is survived by son, Michael (Sarah) Burnham of Carmel, IN, daughter, Sheri (John) Yoder of Urbandale, IA; grandchildren, Ryan Yoder, Rebecca Burnham, Allison Yoder, Laura Burnham, Henry Burnham, Abigail Burnham; sister-in-law, Pat Foote of Newton, IA.

Funeral service will be at 11:00am Saturday, July 20, at Merle Hay Funeral Home with burial at Chapel Hill Gardens. Visitation will begin at 10:00am.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to either Urbandale Booster Club (c/o Urbandale Athletic Department) or Urbandale United Church of Christ in loving memory of Janice.

Information provided by:
Merle Hay Funeral Home
4400 Merle Hay Road
Des Moines, IA 50310

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