Edith L. Burrows, 62, of Parkersburg, formerly Big Bend

Edith L. "Edie" Burrows, 62, of Parkersburg went home to be with the Lord Saturday, Jan. 28, 2006, at St. Joseph's Hospital surrounded by her loving family, following a courageous 17 year battle with cancer.

A daughter of the late Loyal Yoak and Mona Fortney Yoak, she was born on April 9, 1943, on Norman Ridge, Big Bend, Calhoun County, W.Va. As a child she attended the Norman Ridge E.U.B. Church and was educated in Calhoun County Schools. On Sept. 11, 1960, she married W. Dean Burrows.

Edie was a member of River Hill U.M. Church, Parkersburg, for many years and was baptized by the Rev. Clyde Crites, assisted by Don Godfrey. She was a teacher of the Beginner's Sunday school class, helped start the first nursery, was a member of the Missions and Outreach Committee and was instrumental in organizing and operating the "Meals for the Homeless and Needy" program that is still active.

Other churches in the area patterned their program after the one at River Hill. Edie was very compassionate and tender hearted and would stop to visit and have prayer with those they served. She made many lasting friendships during her years at River Hill. She attended Calvary Memorial Church, Parkersburg, for approximately 12 years.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by three children, Vicki C. Duncan (Terry) of Parkersburg, Tim D. Burrows (Kim) of Rockport and Deidra R. Dent (Chuck) of Teays Valley; seven precious grandchildren, Tiffani Weaver, Troy Duncan, Wesley D. Burrows, Lindsey Burrows, Kalob D. Burrows and Alexandria and Victoria Dent; three great-grandchildren, Brili Shay, Edee Belle and Lileigh Benae Weaver, all of whom had a special place in her heart and brought much joy into her life.

Also surviving are five sisters, Eva Collins of Weston, Evelyn McCormick (Jim) of Grantsville, Edna Schmeller (Jim) of Akron, Ohio, Pauline Jarvis of North Carolina and Neva Patterson (Ron) of Parkersburg; two brothers, Tom Yoak (Daisy) of Grantsville and Jim Yoak (Carolyn) of Flatwoods, W.Va.; mother-in-law, Evelyn Burrows of Parkersburg; sisters-in-law, Merlene Cline, Betsy Lynch, Judy Burrows and Iva Yoak; step grandchildren, Ashley, Kendyll, Kris Villars and Eric Duncan; many nieces and nephews; one aunt, Frances Davis of Grantsville.

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by three brothers, Robert, Dennis and Denzil Yoak; one sister, Sharon Frame; and a nephew, Dustin McCormick.

Funeral services held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, 2333 Pike St., south Parkersburg, with Pastor Rob Collins officiating. Interment in the Sunset Memory Gardens Cemetery in Parkersburg.