Almost a year ago I posted a story regarding a visit with first cousin Myrtle Virginia, better known as “Sissy”, Hanson Burge at her home in Doyline, Louisiana on the banks of Lake Bistineau. You will find that story, Road Trips: After the Estate Sale with Sissy Hanson Burge archived under the month of November 2013 on this website.
Yesterday I paid my final visit and respects to her at her funeral at the West Lake Baptist Church located in Doyline.
It was a chilly windy day however everyone in attendance was warmed by the memories of having known her, been related to her, having her in their lives or special places she held in their hearts.
Her obituary, which appeared in the Minden Press Herald on November 11, was written by her daughter, Barbara Burge and a friend, and pretty well sums up Sissy’s life story. It is listed below.
Her casket piece was one that incorporated things she used daily and reflected things she enjoyed; like tea bags; an ice cream container with scoop; a fishing rod complete with cork and a dangling fish; and her rolling pin that had made so many pies. Intermingled among the cattails and sunflowers were a jelly jar filled with kitchen utensils; plates; and a spatula. They represented the things she loved and told a lot about her life’s story.
After the funeral family and friends gathered in the fellowship hall of the church for lunch prepared by members of the congregation. There was a lot of catching up to do with the cousins and remembering when our families visited almost every weekend. No one called ahead to say they were stopping by; you just dropped in. We once had large dinners and annual reunions with families coming from near and far. And it was a time that we were together often enough that you recognized every one there without some parent having to re-introduce you to a cousin you had not seen in ages. It was a time of laugher, good food, funny stories, remembering those who have passed on and wonderful fellowship. This year we have gathered twice; yesterday for Sissy’s funeral; and in April when her brother, Claude Gingles, passed away.
I think Sissy would have loved seeing us all there yesterday. I think she would have had a warm sweet smile and invited us in for lunch. I also think she would say that we should take time to stay in touch, to send a card, to call, to share photos and anecdotes of our loved ones, after all the name of this website is Our Families and Their Untold Stories.
Rest in Peace Myrtle Virginia “Sissy” Hanson Burge.
Born June 9, 1930 in Ida, Caddo Parish, Louisiana
Died November 8, 2014 in Minden, Webster Parish, Louisiana