Patricia Kelly Burke

October 28, 1934 - December 10, 2022

10/28/1934 - 12/10/2022

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Funeral Service
Wednesday December 14, 2022
2:00 pm
Riverside Cemetery
Murfreesboro, NC 27855

MURFREESBORO, NC – Patricia Kelly Burke, age 88, of Forest Circle, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 10, 2022 at her home with her family by her side.

A native of England, Patricia was born on October 28, 1934 to Thomas Kelly and Gwladys Lucas Ley in Caerphilly, Wales. Pat was a devoted stay at home mom that always took great care of her family. She was a fabulous cook, enjoyed sewing, upholstery, watching the English shows of PBS, however above all, Pat loved to sit down with a book and read for hours and hours, gathering as much knowledge as she could. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend and will be deeply missed by all that know her.

Along with her parents, was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Walter Philip Burke, a sister, Jean Burris, and a brother, Joey Spires.

Patricia is survived by her two daughters, Jacquie Burke Gunnells and husband David of Murfreesboro, and Denise Burke of Kernersville, NC; a son, Steve Burke and wife Donna of Burlington, NC; three granddaughters, Megan Vinson and husband Jared of Conway, Brigett Gunnells and friend, Vance Graham of Murfreesboro, Shannon Burke of Burlington, NC; grandson, Kevin Burke of Graham, NC; great granddaughters, Layla Vinson, and Vera Vinson; and a brother, Tony Ley of Columbia, SC.

The family will receive friends at the home at any time.

A celebration of life graveside service will be held on Wednesday, December 14, 2022, at 2:00 pm at the Riverside Cemetery, Murfreesboro, NC, with Rev. John Porter, officiating.

Garrett-Sykes Memorial Chapel is handling the arrangements for the Burke family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting

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Pam Hamby
1 year ago

I met Pat in the 70’s when I joined the Outer Banks portion of her family. She was a role model for a solid marriage, and so supportive and kind. Any time I taste German chocolate cake I will remember her. And even more, she told us so many vivid tales of her years growing up in England. I keep these wonderful memories with me, and hope that Jacquie, Denise and Steve and their families are comforted in the loss of their wonderful Mom.

Patty Joyner
1 year ago

To all the Burke family, i feel your loss but rest easy that Mom and Dad are in eternal heaven, looking down on all of you and smiling. Memories of the times we were all young come flooding back to me as I remember you as my neighbor. Pat was always so sweet to my mother as she drove her to the grocery store and other errands & then for Megan to become our granddaughter was an added bonus. Prayers for your comfort in this time of loss.
Patty and Clifton Joyner

Rita Bryant Harrison
1 year ago

I pray God will heal all your hearts in time. Your mom was such a lady and I enjoyed talking with her when she was well. I can say I knew no one else like her, I admired her etiquette and her love for Walter. I know the Angels took her under their wings and I’m sure she’s told them to carry her home to her loved ones in Heaven.

Harry Vann
1 year ago

Denise, Jacquie, and St
My condolences and prayers to you all during this sad time in the passing of your mom. Denise, both your parents were so great in supporting MHS sports and you in basketball as well as Steve. My sympathies to you all, and will be thinking of you.

Harry Vann in Vermont

Mary Daniel
1 year ago

So very sorry to hear this. Sending prayers of comfort to her family.

Shelia Smith
1 year ago

Denise and family please accept my condolences, I pray that the Lord will grant you strength and peace during this time of sorrow.

Jamie Edwards
1 year ago

Jacquie…I’m so sorry for your loss! She is with Jesus now.

Tamika Coleman
1 year ago

My condolences to you and your family.

Walter Raleigh Garris, Jr.
1 year ago

Sorry to hear about Pat passing. Her and Walter were very nice people.

Paula Back
1 year ago

Denise, I am so sorry for your loss. She sounds like a remarkable woman!