July 22, 1925 - December 8, 2021
UTICA - Mildred (Lee) Burke, born July 22, 1925, daughter of Humber Lee and Ludie Bass Lee, departed this life December 8, 2021, to take her place in her Heavenly home where her room was prepared for her. “Let not your heart be troubled ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my father’s house are many mansions if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you, and if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” King James Version John 14: 1-3. Mother Burke came to Utica, NY January 1, 1953, and was a faithful and devoted member of St. Paul’s Baptist Church. She was the Church Clerk, Superintendent of Sunday School, Director of the Junior Choir, President and Director of the Gospel Chorus and Assistant Sunday School Teacher. Mother Burke leaves her husband of 66 years, George E. Burke; son, Milton Boddie (Connie) of Utica, NY; step-sons, Joe Howard (Hollis) of Georgia, and Darryl Burke of Arkansas; sister-in-law, Mrs. Gladys Burke of Rochester NY; grandchildren, Brian, Shannon, Milton Jr., Marcus, Markese, Mary, Joe Howard Jr., Donna, and Anita; great-grandchildren, Janatene, Siane, Marcus Jr., Khalil, Sarai, Daniel, Samantha, Ryan, Karimah, Jada, Brian Jr., Raven, and Brianna; special nieces, Debbie, Brenda, Maria who she raised as her own, and Virginia; God children, Paula Workman, Edwina Bowens, Dale Garrett, Marsha Williams, and George Walker Jr.; best friend of 54 years, Peg Waterman; and close friend, Pearlene McLeod. Mother Burke was predeceased by her siblings, Johnnie Lee, Eloise, Mary Helen, Herman, Delores, and James Edward. Visitation will be held Wednesday morning, December 15, 2021 from 10:30-11:30 at St. Paul’s Baptist Church, 219 Leah St, Utica. Mildred’s funeral and Home Going service will commence on Wednesday at 12:00 noon at the church followed by graveside interment in Forest Hill Cemetery. Regardless of vaccination status, face masks are required, to remain in compliance with the county mask order.
UTICA - Mildred (Lee) Burke, born July 22, 1925, daughter of Humber Lee and Ludie Bass Lee, departed this life December 8, 2021, to take her place in her Heavenly home where her room was prepared for her. “Let not your heart be troubled... View Obituary & Service Information
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