Branda R. Burke-Ramirez (49)

Grayville, Illinois
Birth: November 11, 1972
Death: September 21, 2022

Lifetime Grayville, Illinois, resident, Branda Renez Burke-Ramirez, 49, died Wednesday, September 21, 2022, at her home surrounded by her family and friends. She was born November 11, 1972, in Fairfield, Illinois, the daughter of David Allen Burke and Karen Jean (Riley) Burke.

Branda was an active, community-minded resident who loved her hometown. She was valedictorian of her class in Grayville and continued her education at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. She was proprietor of A-Z/Calle Rosa Boutique, and also work at Whyte House of Flowers. She was a Cub Scout Den Mother, member of “FOG” – Friends of Grayville, member of the Grayville Days Planning Committee, and an active participant in the Grayville Arts Camp. She was an animal lover.

Survivors include her father, David Allen Burke of Bedford, Indiana; mother Karen Riley; sons Alessandro Burke, Emilio Ramirez, Santiago Ramirez, all of Grayville; brothers Bradley A. Burke of Grayville, Travis Smallwood (Alicia Transue) of Arizona; sisters Bonnie (Dale) Carrell of Grayville, Jennifer Burke (Brian Evans), Amber (Michael) Bolding, all of Arizona;

Nieces and nephews Carly Burke, Drennan Burke, Cooper Carrell, Gabe Transue, Russell Transue, Abigail Evans, Emily Evans, Everett Bolding, Ellie Bolding; numerous “honorary” nieces and nephews; and her dear friends T.J. Mayberry, Stephanie Keneipp, Jennifer Rodriguez-Martinez, and Kris Naney.

She is preceded in death by her daughter Chloe Walker; step-mother Loretta Smallwood Burke; grandparents John Riley and Mary Riley and Alvin Lewis Burke and Martha Jane Burke.

In keeping with Branda’s wishes, her remains were cremated.

Visitation is noon to 2 pm, Saturday, October 8, 2022, at Grayville Baptist Church in Grayville, Illinois. Funeral is at 2 pm at the church.

Cook Funeral Chapel in Grayville, Illinois, is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation: Grayville First Baptist Church, Grayville, Illinois, Saturday, October 8, 2022 -- Noon to 2 pm
Service: Memorial Service, Grayville First Baptist Church, Grayville, Illinois, Saturday, October 8, 2022 -- 2 pm

2 thoughts on “Branda R. Burke-Ramirez”

  1. She was a true blessing to everyone. She was dearly loved by her family and friends. She was the best. She adored her boys and was the best mom. If her baby girl had lived she would have been adorned by bows made by Brand’s creative hands.Her passing has left a huge hole in our hearts. She will be forever loved and missed. Until we meet again my sweet niece I will love and miss you.

  2. I first met Branda working at DQ in Mount Carmel. We all had worked there. TJ, Kris, Bonnie and Branda. We were all friends and I am truly sorry for their loss. She was an amazing wonderful woman. God Bless her family and friends. May you all find comfort and peace in sharing memories that you have all created. God Bless her children as they learn to live a life without the woman the call mom. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

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