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Jeanette H. Burrey

December 11, 2008

JUNE 11, 1929-NOV. 13, 2008

Jeanette Hobel Burrey, age 79, died Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008, of metastasized breast cancer in Bay Path Nursing Home in Duxbury, Mass.

Jeanette was born in Leigh, Neb., on June 11, 1929, the daughter of Adolph and Clara Hobel. She graduated from Midland College in Fremont, Neb., in 1950. After college, she taught high school English and Speech for five years, and in 1956 she accepted a position to teach in the Denver, Colo., public school system. While in Denver, Jeanette met John (Jack) Charles Burrey, an architect and native of Pittsburgh. They married on Sept. 27, 1958. After having two children, they moved in 1965 to the Washington, D.C., area and then to Hagerstown, where they lived for 32 years. After Jack retired, they moved to Kingston, Mass., to be close to their children and grandchildren.

Jeanette was an active member of PEO, a philanthropic educational organization, for more than 30 years. She had a passion for the arts, was a founding member of the Washington County Arts Council and had a deep appreciation for fine pottery. Many hours of service were given to St. Ann's Church in Hagerstown as well as to the United Way. When the children were in college, she joined Jack in the management of his architectural practice, J.C. Burrey Architects in Hagerstown.

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Jeanette will be remembered as a very devoted mother and a person who created a fabulous home and life for her family. She had an infectious smile and positive attitude throughout her life, which reflected her intelligence and lively sense of humor.

She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Jack Burrey of Kingston; her son, Michael Burrey, and his wife Julie, of Ply-mouth, Mass.; her daughter, Felicia (Burrey) Elder, and her husband Keith, of Beverly Hills, Mich.; her brother, Dr. Calvin Hobel of Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.; her sister, Carolyn Thompson of Columbia, Md.; three grandchildren, Jacob, Eliza and Zachary of Plymouth, Mass.; and six nieces and three nephews.

The memorial service and burial will be in Leigh in the spring.

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