Patricia Ann Burris, 73, of Beaver Island, died Wednesday, February 9, 2005, at her home on Beaver Island. Funeral will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 12, at the Beaver Island Christian Church, with the Reverend Howard Davis officiating. Burial will take place in the spring at the Beaver Island Cemetery.
Pat was born March 20, 1931, in Ingham County to Fines M. and Elizabeth Ann (Skidmore) Isbell. She married Richard Burris on February 23, 1962, in Lapeer where they made their home until moving to Beaver Island in 1973. Pat was a wonderful mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
She is survived by her daughter, Sandy (Perry) Fortier of Petoskey; grandchildren, Amy (David) Hansen of Petoskey, Renee (Clement) Morais of Alanson, Jeremy Fortier of Sault Ste. Marie, Holly J. (James Thomas) Burris of Charlevoix, Derrick A. Burris of Beaver Island, Patrick M. Burris of Beaver Island; great-grandchildren, Michael, Steven, and Andrew Hansen, Sophia Morais, Elijah, Chandler Thomas, Skylar and James; her former husband, Richard Burris of Beaver Island; step-daughter, Susan (Glenn) Forster; step-sons, Daniel, Roger, and Arnold Burris. Pat was preceded in death by her daughter, Sherry Lyn Burris on May 17, 2004.
Over the years Pat cooked in many of the island restaurants. Always smiling, Pat helped make the workplace fun. Many of us were priveledged to have worked with her. We'll miss you, Pat. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family.
Memorial gifts may be directed to the Beaver Island Christian Church, Beaver Island, Mich. 49782, where friends may meet the family from 6-8:00 p.m. on Friday. Winchester Funeral Home in Charlevoix is serving the family.
Thursday dawned clear and bright, a perfect winter's day. Although the temperature was a bit chilly in the shady areas, it felt wonderful out in the sunshine. Evidently quite a few people agreed as they could be seen taking walks around the harbor enjoying the outdoors minus the wind chill. Due to our February thaw, the road to Gull Harbor is passable and Mother Nature has been busy piling up huge chunks of ice, some of it true "blue ice". Madison Wojan was enjoying a skating lesson from Grandma Karen. Ice was as far as the eye could see. It was one of those days where the mainland looks to be only a mile or two away.
The same was true on the other side of the island as I checked out Donegal Bay. Long shadows laced across the roadways as the afternoon grew late. Tracks from all sorts of critters, both two and four legged dotted the landscape. In a few spots the water has begun to thaw and trickle along its way.
From Donegal Bay one could clearly see High and Trout Islands along with a huge iceberg on the northern horizon. While it might not be swimming weather, Donegal's views are still some of the nicest I know of.
This made a nice winter day break from the bitter cold, deep snows, and winds. One of those days that you're glad to be on the island enjoying the scenery.
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