Anna May Burkett

Anna May “Jerri” Geraldine Sifrit Burkett, daughter of Robert Sifrit and Erma Bush Sifrit, was born in Beaver, Iowa on May 26, 1923.  Jerri died Jan. 26 at the Greene County Medical Center in Jefferson at the age of 90 years.

Jerri grew up in the Beaver area and graduated from Beaver High School in 1941.  On June 28, 1941, Jerri was united in marriage to Leland Burkett in Princeton, Missouri.  They were the parents of three sons:  Larry, Gary, and Michael “Mick”.  The couple made their home in Jefferson from 1941 to 1945 then moved to a farm north of Jefferson and lived there from 1945 to 1955, in 1955 the couple moved to Dana.  Jerri was employed as a cook for the East Greene School System, and later went to work at Franklin Manufacturing.

After Leland’s death in 2003, Jerri moved to Jefferson.

Jerri and Leland enjoyed traveling and spent their winters in Texas.  They also enjoyed dancing and bowling.  Jerri also enjoyed camping at Spring Lake and Don Williams, fishing, picnics, and baking pies, and most of all spending time with her family.  After moving to Jefferson, she enjoyed attending the First Baptist Church in Jefferson.

Jerri was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Leland; her son Gary and her sister Wuanita Stebbeds.  She is survived by her sons: Larry Burkett (Mary) of Rippey, and Michael “Mick” Burkett (Connie) of Grand Junction; her brother Robert Sifrit (Mina) of Kansas; a brother-in-law Floyd Stebbeds of Knoxville;  9 grandchildren:  Kevin Burkett (Cynde) and their children Heather and Sydney; Denise Kinney (Donnie Carpenter) and children Matthew, Jasmine, Matt and Hunter; Leigh Ann Gibbs (Joe) and their children Ashley, Tiffany and Jacob; Kendra McConnell (John) and their children Alex, Dillon and Hannah; Hallie Rice and her children Morgan and Jarrett; Chan Burkett (Susan) and their children Seth, Cody and Mason; Heather Lohse (Anthony) and their children Quinn, Zoey and Libby; Tony Burkett (Wendy) and their children Josie, Addie and Lily; Andrew Burkett (Kelly) and their children Samantha and McKenzie; 6 great-great grandchildren; other relatives and many friends.

Slininger Rossow Funeral Home in Jefferson assisted the family with arrangements, 515-386-2171,

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