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Teresa Burleson
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Teresa Lynn 'Teri' Burleson, 64, passed away Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012 in her home in Abilene, Kansas.

She was born March 24, 1948, in Abilene, Kansas, the daughter of Dean and Patricia (Eggleston) Davis. She attended Abilene Public Schools, graduating from Abilene High School. She married Larry Parson and they later divorced.

She moved to Escalon, California in 1966 where she met and married her husband of 42 years, Lester Burleson, on Jan. 10, 1970. She worked for Franzia Winery in Ripon for 13 years as a forklift driver before she and her husband moved back to Abilene in 1997.

She always enjoyed the ocean, which was a relaxed and calm place for her, and she enjoyed her gerber daisies, colorful tulips, roses and stargazer lilies, to name a few.

Mrs. Burleson was also known for her tasteful cooking where she has passed on her traditions to her children. She enjoyed listening to music while she cooked and talked on the telephone to anyone who would listen. She liked knowing where everyone was and what they were doing. She often offered her advice and was usually right.

Above all else, she was best known as a dedicated wife, mother, grandparent, friend, and homemaker and did all this with unconditional love.

Survivors include her husband Lester; three sons, Stan Parson, Patrick Parson and Dareld Burleson, all of Abilene; two daughters, Michelle 'Shell' Strand of San Clemente, California and Leslie Burleson of San Francisco, California; two brothers, Mike Davis and Tim Davis, both of Abilene; two sisters, Linda Longhofer-Swarts and Lesa Adee, both of Abilene; 15 grandchildren, three great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Services will be on Saturday, Sept. 15 at 1 p.m. at the Martin-Becker-Carlson Funeral Home in Abilene, Kansas. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Dickinson County Hospice and may be sent in care of the Martin-Becker-Carlson Funeral Home, 414 NW 3rd; Abilene, Kansas 67410.

The Escalon (Calif.) Times

Sept. 12, 2012