Mildred Ruth Slater Burke passed away peacefully the morning of Sept. 6, 2016. Services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016 at The First Baptist Church of Woodway with Dr. Bill Heston officiating.
Mildred was born March 18, 1921 in Red Top, near Graham, to Herbert and Bernice Slater. She and her older sister, Evalyn were nearly inseparable, being only 18 months apart. Mildred attended Texas Woman’s University, where she met the love of her life, C. Moran Burke, on a blind date. She had threatened to sneak out the back door if she didn’t like the look of her date. As Moran told the story, she took one look at him, was smitten, and eagerly leapt over the dining table to get to him. Mildred and Moran were married May 3, 1942 at the Little Chapel in the Woods in Denton. Moran was one of eight children, and Mildred was quickly adopted into the large Burke family. She and Moran travelled often with family and church friends.
In June of 1954, they welcomed their only child, Mary Evalyn, in Midland. Mildred and Moran were always a great encouragement to Mary’s faith and life calling. After Midland, Moran’s banking career led them to Corpus Christi, where they spent many happy years involved in their church, First Baptist Corpus Christi.
Mildred and Moran retired and moved to Brownwood to be closer to family. There, they ran the Oaks Apartment complex. Always the life of the party, Mildred and Moran were active in their community, whether at their church, First Baptist Brownwood, with Howard Payne University, and on the board of the Brownwood Lyric Theater. The Burkes loved entertaining and hosted dominos, bridge, and meals often at the lake, the beach, camping, or anywhere Mildred could throw a tablecloth.
Mildred and Moran celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary before Moran passed away in 1999. Mildred then moved to Waco, where she quickly joined a Sunday school class at First Baptist Woodway and stayed active into her 90s, thanks to her workout family at the Getterman Wellness Center. She volunteered in the Hewitt Elementary library, where she enjoyed reading to the younger children.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Herbert and Bernice Slater; her sister, Evalyn Mathews and husband Wayne; and her husband, Moran Burke.
She is survived by her daughter, Mary Carpenter and husband David of Waco; her three grandchildren (and their spouses, whom she considered grandchildren), J.T. Carpenter and wife Noelle, Mary Margaret Croft and husband Caleb, and Anne Fuller and husband Brad; and two great-grandchildren, Charlie and Thomas Carpenter. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, whom she adored and considered her additional children.
Mildred, or Mimi as she was known by her grandchildren, will be remembered for many things, but most importantly for her strong faith in Jesus Christ. Mildred was ever present at the churches she attended throughout her life, and you could often find her seeking out the pastor after the sermon to shake his hand and offer an encouraging word. While her spark, smile, and spunk will be sorely missed here on earth, her friends and family take great comfort in knowing that she is now at peace, reunited with many friends and family, the love of her life, and her Savior.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Burke-Carpenter Women in Ministry Scholarship program at Howard Payne University or to the Lyric Theater in Brownwood.