Service: 2 p.m. Monday, July 1, at Holt Memorial Chapel, with burial at Maplewood Cemetery; Visitation: 1-2 p.m. Monday, July 1, at Holt Memorial Chapel.
Winifred Louise Burchell, 83, passed over into the arms of her Lord and Savior on Friday, June 21 (2019) at home. She joined the love of her life, Duke, who passed almost 10 months ago.
Winnie, as she was known by family and friends, was born in Wichita Kansas, on Dec. 24, 1935. She was one of 10 children born to Ivan Carl and Mildred Rose Ware.
She was preceded in death by her parents, eight siblings and her husband of 62 years, Duke Burchell.
She is survived by one sibling, Barbara Burley, of Clarksville. She is also survived by two daughters, Deborah Bishop, of Harrison, and Darla Burchell-West, of Harrison; three grandchildren, Tera Case and her husband Joel, and their children, Douglas Case and Whitley Allen of Lead Hill, Hannah Dillon of Springdale, and Wally West IV of Fort Smith. Winnie is also survived by her sister-in-law, Patsy Ware, who she loved very much, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Winnie, as she was called by friends and family, was the picture of the perfect wife, mom and nonny. She was known for her immaculate home, her cooking skills of wonderful meals and scrumptious desserts. She was a wonderful hostess and many of the Sterling, Magic Mart , Ben Franklin and Rolling Oaks subdivision parties were organized by Winnie.
Winnie’s sewing and crafting abilities were well known. Her final project was a miniature doll house, which took her several years to complete. It is truly a work of art. Although she was not a paid employee, Winnie worked side by side with Duke throughout his career, in whatever capacity she was needed, in addition to being a homemaker. It was her idea to have Duke dress up as an Easter bunny and she made his first costume. It was a roaring success and she also made up wonderful Easter baskets to sell in the stores. Winnie loved cardinals and was gifted throughout the years with hundreds of figurines, plaques, prints and other items featuring the beautiful red birds. She designed three of the homes that Duke had built for her. Winnie loved cooking, gardening and decorating; she especially loved to decorate for Christmas because she, as she explained, was a Christmas baby.
Everyone who met her, came to know her sweet spirit.
Visitation will be at 1 p.m. Monday, July 1, followed by a service at 2 p.m. at Holt Memorial Chapel, with burial at Maplewood Cemetery.