Mary L. Burnside Moser, 99, of LaFayette passed away on Monday, November 6, 2017.
Mary was born Mary Lecusi on January 28, 1918 in Ogden, Utah. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother and sister, her husband Eugene Clinton Burnside and grandchildren Ross Edward Stinson and Linda Marie Burnside.
Mary will be missed by her large, loud, loving family. She was a homemaker who loved to read, sew and crochet. During WWII she worked in a box factory and a canning factory. Mary volunteered in the hospital nursery, was PTA president and was active with after school programs including Girl Scouts. Mary loved to travel around the country to visit members of her family, even traveling to her parents’ hometown in Sicily. During her last 30 years she lived primarily with her daughter Kathy Brown in Lafayette, Georgia. She loved the farm, the cows and often talked about the mule and trail rides they went on. In the last few days of her life it was important to her to be with her family and on the farm. In an interview with NPR, Mary said she wanted to be remembered for being the grandma that always put two dollars in birthday cards. Mary passed away surrounded by many members of her family.
Surviving family include children Dorothy (Tommy) Stinson of Florisant, CO; Lou Jean Doheney of Stuart, FL; Richard (Trang) Burnside of Henderson, NV; Kathy (James) Brown of LaFayette, GA; Robert (Diane) Burnside of Alpharetta, GA; Brenda (Milton) Moore of Clarksville, TN; 21 grandchildren; 40 great grandchildren; and 25 great-great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9, in the Wilbanks Memorial Chapel with Brother David “Slim” Dorsett and Father John with St. Gerard Catholic Church officiating.
Interment will be in Mt. Olive Cemetery on Lookout Mountain.
Pallbearers are Michael King, David King, Dennis King, Milton Moore, Mike Ford, and Matthew Brown.
Honorary pallbearers are Greg Stinson, Cory Zettler, Chris McDivitt, Sean McDivitt, Jacob Stinson, Michael Burnside, James AC Brown II, and Brent Moore.
Visitation will be from 6–8 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent in Mary’s name to Cherokee Village activity fund: 201 Dean Buttram Senior Ave, Centre Alabama 35960 or to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
Arrangements are by Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home, LaFayette.