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Betty Lorraine Burnham

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Betty Lorraine Burnham, of Alpena died Saturday, March 30, 2019, at the age of 97. She was born in Alpena on July 13, 1921 to Donald and Rose (Sims) MacKinnon. Betty graduated from Alpena High School in 1938 and married Ralph Burnham on July 4, 1941. He preceded her in death on April 18, 2003.


Betty worked for a time as a clerk in the Spruce Post Office but was primarily a homemaker and a helper in her husband’s business. She was a life member of the Spruce Presbyterian Church, served as an Elder, Sunday School teacher, and was active in the Women’s Association of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).


Betty is survived by two sons, Gary (Kay) Burnham, Leslie (Nancy) Burnham; daughter, Kathleen Burnham; 5 grandchildren; sister, Margaret Eller; brother, Donald (Marilyn) MacKinnon; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.


She was preceded in death by a sister, Kathryn Chase; four brothers, Calvin MacKinnon, John MacKinnon, Robert MacKinnon, Kenneth MacKinnon; and a granddaughter, Heather McNeil.


A memorial service will be held at Spruce Presbyterian Church on Friday, June 7, 2019 at 11:00 AM with Rev. Ken Krause officiating. Arrangements have been handled by the Bannan Funeral Home.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Women’s Association or Memorial Garden Fund at Spruce Presbyterian Church.