MARION — Wanda Claire Hannaford Burk died peacefully at the age of 89 at her home on May 1, 2018 in the presence of her loving family. Wanda was born in Marion on Aug. 4, 1928. Her parents were Roger W. “Mike” Hannaford and Norma Sigrid McCullough Hannaford. She was baptized in the Marion Presbyterian Church in Marion, and was affiliated with the Presbyterian Church her entire life. Wanda attended Marion schools and graduated in 1946 from Marion High School. She attended Colorado Women’s College and graduated in 1948. She met her husband, Swen Burk, in Colorado as he was attending Colorado A & M. She had a younger brother, Roger W. “Bud” Hannaford of Marion, and a younger sister, Mary Margaret Hannaford Exline of Salina. Wanda married Kenneth Swen Burk of McPherson, and together they had 4 children. Their son, Kenneth Burk and three daughters, Kristine Burk Springer, Kathryn Burk Nicholson and Karen Burk Watts. She and Swen raised their children on the Burk farm in New Gottland. Wanda was honored to have just celebrated her 70th year as a member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood. She was a member of Progressive Literature and several bridge clubs. While raising her children she was involved in their activities which included Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Saddle Club, and 4-H. After her children were grown Wanda moved to Denver, Colorado. She lived there 18 years before moving to Colorado Springs to be closer to family. Family was very meaningful to Wanda. She looked forward to every visit, every get together and each reunion. She enjoyed many lifelong and steadfast friendships in her life. She loved to entertain and cook in her home for her friends and family, Wanda was the ultimate hostess. She was a devoted and loyal Denver Broncos fan and rarely missed seeing a game! Wanda was known for her incredible wit and her delightful sense of humor, it was always fun to be in her company! She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend. She will be deeply missed by many. Wanda was pre-deceased by her parents, Swen and her brother. Wanda is survived by her sister Mary Exline and her husband Bob of Salina. Her four children and their families; Kenny (Pam) Burk, Pueblo, Colorado, and their children: Kassie Ryder, Ken (Brenda) Burk, and Kyla Taylor. Kristine (Steve) Springer, Manhattan, KS, and their children: Mandy Springer and Dan Springer. Kathy (Bob) Nicholson, McPherson, and their children: Mike (Bailey) Campbell, Justin (Ashley) Campbell, Jennifer (Luke) McConnaughy and Kristen Turner. Karen (Charlie) Watts, Colorado Springs, Colorado and their children: Taylor Rowe, Jeff (Cathy) Watts, Molly (Craig) Klenovich, Tyler (Heather) Watts, Michael (Gillian) Watts and Michelle Watts and 25 beautiful great grandchildren. “We love you every day. And now we will miss you every day” ~ Mitch Albom A graveside service will be held in Marion at the Marion cemetery 9 a.m. on May 28, 2018.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Marion Presbyterian Church, 610 E. Lawrence Street, Marion, KS 66861 or P.E.O International (Cottey College) 3700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa 50312.