A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 16, at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 600 N. Wilshire Blvd., Stevens Point.
Visitation will be at the church at 1 p.m. Sunday until the service.
The family requests memorials be made to the local League of Women Voters in Stevens Point.
Condolences may be offered online at bostonfuneralhome.net.
Mrs. Burress was born Oct. 2, 1914, in McPherson, Kan., a daughter of the late Clarence Lyman and Nellie (Osgood) Ring. She spent her childhood in McPherson where her father was a bridge contractor.
She was married to Lee A. Burress Jr. Aug, 5, 1940, in McPherson. He died in 1993.
She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from McPherson College and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kan.
She taught elementary school, high school and college. She was an instructor of English at Wisconsin State University, Stevens Point; College of Emporia in Emporia, Kan.; Kansas State Teachers College at Emporia; and Friends University in Wichita, Kan. Her teaching specialty was children’s literature. She has written two as-yet unpublished children’s books describing her early childhood.
She and her husband moved around the country to Kenosha, Wis.; Birmingham, Iowa; Lee, Ill.; Nantucket, Mass.; and the Kansas towns of Mulvane, Winfield and Emporia before coming to rest in Stevens Point in 1958.
Later when her husband took a university position in Teaneck N.J., she became associate editor of Response Magazine for Methodist women, published in New York by the United Methodist Church’s Board of Global Ministries. This is a national periodical for the denominational women’s organization.
She and her husband were travelers. They led several semester-abroad groups, usually to England, the Mecca for all English teachers.
As an activist she was a founding member for two different local units of the League of Women Voters (Emporia and Stevens Point). She supported the Democratic Party, belonged to the National Council of Teachers of English and was a lifelong Christian pacifist.
During the Vietnam years, on most Saturdays she and her husband and several pacifist friends picketed at the Steven Point Post Office to protest the war.
She was active in Methodist organizations and caregiving activities, the bell choir, as well as missionary work. She went on excursions to participate in the Border Witness Program assessing needs of immigrants in Texas, and to help build communities in Nicaragua.
In retirement, she took in college coeds as housemates, and many of them remained close to her over the years.
Survivors include two sons, David Burress (his partner, Juanita Carlson), Lawrence, Kan., and Michael (Merry Liberty) Burress, Amherst; three grandchildren, Matthew (Amy) Burress, Minneapolis, Minn., Sarah (Mark) Zakrzebski, Hawthorne, Calif., and Catherine (Matt) Kestner, Woodridge, Ill.; three stepgrandchildren, Michelle (Steve) Dunn, Antigo, Sarah (Ed) Cole, Mount Sterling, Ohio, and Nate (Anna) Carlson, Thousand Oaks, Calif.; eight great-grandchildren; two daughters-in-law, Peggy Burress and Debbie Burress, and many nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by one son, Lee Allan Burress III; and three sisters.