The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

June 24, 2011

Burnice Bresee

The Joplin Globe


Burnice M. Bresee, age 91, of Joplin, Mo., passed away Wednesday, June 22, 2011, at McCune Brooks Hospital from complications with her health following the Joplin tornado.

She was born Dec. 14, 1919, in Springfield, Mo., to Edward A. and Mary (Everly) Alexander.

She was a homemaker. Burnice was a member of Christ Point Church in Joplin.

She married Willie Bresee Sr. on May 24, 1940, in Joplin. He preceded her in death on Nov. 10, 1980.

Survivors include two sons, Willie Bresee Jr. and wife, Pat, of Carl Junction, and Homer Bresee and wife, Merna, of Rockford, Ill.; four daughters, Norma Jean Enlow and husband, Charles, of Joplin, Bernice Irene Smith and husband, Gene, of Joplin, Margie Goetz and husband, Stanley, of Joplin, and Teresa Thomas and husband, Ben, of Seneca; one daughter-in-law, Marsha Bresee, of Joplin; one sister, Wilma Bresee, of Galena, Kan.; 18 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one son, Bobby Bresee on April 24, 1991; one daughter, Donna Bresee on Jan. 25, 1998; four brothers; and two grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, June 27, at the Mason-Woodard Chapel. Pastor Josh Pennington will officiate. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery. Pallbearers will be John Kraft Jr., Jeff Enlow, Greg Enlow, Chuck Enlow, Mark Enlow and Jerod Thomas. The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the mortuary.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Christ Point Church in care of the mortuary.

Arrangements are under the direction of Mason-Woodard Mortuary & Crematory.

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