Services for Anna Lee Burkhart of Marietta are set for 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 5, 2019, in the First Baptist Church, Marietta, with Lawrence Anderson and Rick Burkhart officiating. Interment will follow in the Eastman Cemetery, Eastman Community,  under the direction of Flanagan-Watts Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Marietta.
Born Aug. 19, 1920, in Eastman to Dora Souse Sanders (original Chickasaw enrollee) and Henry C. Sanders.  Died June 30, 2019 at Mercy Love County Medical in Marietta. She married George Van Burkhart of Shady Dale on Dec. 3, 1939, and celebrated 71 years of marriage prior to his death on Dec. 10, 2010.
She was preceded in death by George; children, Elizabeth Ann Cooke and Karen Jean Burkhart; her parents; brothers, Henry Sanders and John Sanders; grandchildren, Gary Vance Burkhart, Jr. and Merrick Glen Burkhart; and daughter-in-law, Charlotte Burkhart.
She is survived by her children, Vanda Lee Harvey of Allen, Texas; Gary Vance Burkhart and wife Paulette of Marietta, Ricky Glen Burkhart of Marietta and John Wylie Burkhart and wife Susan of Kemp, Texas; an adopted daughter, Sue Berry of Allen; her grandchildren, Jeff Harvey, Kimberly Ann Harvey Short, Lisa Gaye Hughes Gipson, Gina Burkhart Cowen, Christy Burkhart Coker, Amy Grantham Darnell and Jane Burkhart; 18 great-grandchildren; 15 great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Betty Tipton of Altus, Bobbie Epley of Wilson and Mary Buckley of Norman and a brother, Eddie Sanders of Oklahoma City.
Prior to returning to Marietta after Anna and George retired, she worked for Dr. Wade Nichols at the Chillicothe Texas Hospital. Anna and George became immediately involved in the community and were recognized for their commitment to the county by serving as Pioneer King and Queen June 1992. Anna also was Love County Citizen of the year in 1997.
Anna served 24 years as an Election Official and as Precinct Election Inspector, 10 years with the Historical Society serving as Vice President, 17 years with the Love County Fair Board, serving 13 years as the Treasurer and 25 years with Busy Bee Group.
Along with County organizations she was a 73-year member of the Home Demonstration Club now known as Oklahoma Extension Homemakers Council. She served as president and many other offices.
Her many accomplishments include 1983 and 1990 as Love County Homemaker of the year, 1983 Love County Extension Homemaker of the year, 1999 Love County Outstanding FCE Family of the year, 2004 Oklahoma Home Community Education Member of the year. Anna was a multiple winner at the County Fairs and the State Fairs in the Food Category with her baking, as well as in the quilting and crocheting categories.
Anna was extremely proud of being Chickasaw heritage and promoted the Chickasaw programs in all her endeavors.
Serving as casket bearers are Jeff Harvey, Christopher Harvey, Dewayne Gipson, Terry Cooke, Terry Birks, Holden Short, Brandon Short, Braden Burkhart, Harley Hayes, Kim Short and Lisa Gipson. Honorary bearers are Bob Burkhart, John Burkhart, Shelton Burkhart and Vonder Burkhart.
Time of visitation for family and friends will be Wednesday, July 3, 2019 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
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