In the comfort and sweetness of peace, Laura Lilian Burris completed her life’s journey on earth, with dignity and grace, on Friday, October 18, 2019. Even at the age of 97 years, she was a gift for such a little while.
Born in Birmingham, England, she was a daughter of the late George and Laura (Bates) Davis. Aside from her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Truman; a son John; a Daughter Wendy Anton; three infant children; a much-loved son-in-law Fred Brewer; also, three siblings.
A much loved and respected member of Wilmot United Church, she was an active member and found great enjoyment singing in the church choir. She was a member of the New Brunswick’s War Bride Association, and was actively involved with the war brides singing group as well as the Fredericton Stepping stones seniors Lawn Bowling Club. Laura was a gifted artist and many of her paintings, which are now a treasure, adorn the homes of her many friends and family. Surrounded by the beauty of nature and the peaceful setting of the great outdoors, she spent many enjoyable hours working in her flower and vegetable gardens. Swimming was another one of her favorite pastimes as well as learning to play harmonica at St. Anne’s Court, Fredericton.
During her working career, she was employed for many years as a manager of the accounting department at Zellers Ltd. and at Creaghan’s Department Store. She later became a Supervisor with the NB Department of Social Services, where she retired at the age of 65.
Laura will be fondly remembered and forever loved by her daughters, Carol Waller, Jackie Stromme and Marilyn Brewer. She was affectionately known as "Nanny B" to her 12 grandchildren, 17 Great Grandchildren and one great great grandson. She also leaves behind one surviving sibling, Barbara Freundl. Further survived by a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.
As per Laura’s specific request, there will be no formal visitation or funeral service. For those who wish to make a memorial contribution, the family has suggested donating to Hospice Fredericton; the Palliative Care Unit at the Chalmers, or perhaps to a favorite charity of your choice.
The Family wishes to express their sincere thanks and appreciation to Rev. Ellen Beairstro, the management and staff of St. Anne’s Court and the Doctor’s and staff of 4 NW at the DECH. Your kindness, loving care and compassion for Laura and her family was greatly appreciated.