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Margaret J. “Maggie” Burnside


Margaret J. “Maggie” Burnside, 74, of Rushville, died at 9:55 p.m., Monday, Sept. 28, 2009 at Culbertson Long Term Care Facility in Rushville.

She was born on March 25, 1935, in Schuyler County, the daughter of the late Clifford and Beulah (Chipman) Downs. She married Jim Burnside on January 3, 1974 at the First Presbyterian Church in Rushville; he survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Rhonda Howard and husband Mike, Rushville; one step son, Jimmie Burnside, San Diego, Calif.; three stepdaughters, Vickie Little and husband Dale, Rushville, Mickie Saunders, San Diego, Calif., and Cindy Peterson and husband Larry, Arab, Ala.; two grandchildren, Courtnie Trone and husband Deano, Rushville and Master of Arms 1 Travis Howard and wife Jeannie stationed in LeMoore, Calif.; nine step grandchildren; one great-granddaughter, Ainsley Trone; eight step-great grandchildren; one sister, Marjorie Downs Byers, Glen Arm, Md.; three brothers, Dwayne Downs, and Merlin Downs and wife Becky, Rushville; and Gary Downs and wife Norma, Ames, Iowa; sister-in-law Mary Downs, Rushville; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Esther Downs and Virginia Gieker; and two brothers, John Harlan and Richard Downs.

Maggie first worked as an operator with Schuyler Telephone in Rushville. She then began working at the Rushville Junior High School cafeteria before moving to the Rushville High School cafeteria and at the same time working in the dietary department at Culbertson Memorial Hospital. She retired from the High School cafeteria after 27 years of service.

She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and the Women of the Moose in Rushville. A member of the Schuyler American Legion Auxiliary Number 4, she served as past president, coordinated the Schuyler County Miss Poppy program and spent many hours volunteering with different projects. She was also a member of the Gutherie-Pierce VFW Auxiliary. She volunteered with the American Red Cross, Schuyler Jail Museum and Genealogical Center, the Schuyler American Legion Post 4 Junior Auxiliary and delivered mobile meals.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, 2009, at the First Presbyterian Church in Rushville with Rev. Steven Akins officiating.

Interment will follow in the Burnside Cemetery south of Rushville.

Visitation will be from 6 – 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009, at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville. Memorials are suggested to the Schuyler Jail Museum and Genealogical Center or the First Presbyterian Church.

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Wood Funeral Home is in charge if arrangements.


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