Obituary for Retha Burnes
Retha was born to Kit Carson Douglas and Althea Driskill in deep East Texas, Retha was the oldest of nine children who became hard-working, dedicated adults who believed in education and the strength that comes from family. During the 20s Retha pursued a degree in home economics and graduated Texas Woman's Normal in Denton, Texas and later completed advanced studies at Texas Tech in Lubbock.
Retha taught in small schools across the state from Taft to Novice during which time she met and married Virgil “Buck” Burnes who owned the grocery store in Goldsboro. Their son, Samuel Rhea Burnes, was born in October of 1941. Wanting to move to the “Big City,” Buck sold his store in Goldsboro and bought another store in Abilene.
Retha was offered a newly created position as Director of School Cafeterias. Ultimately, this position led her to the upper levels of district administrators. She retired after over 30 years of service. During her tenure with Abilene ISD, she endeavored to raise the quality, nutritional value, and variety of the meals served to students. She also pioneered the inclusion of snack bars in the new district high schools.
After her retirement, Retha moved in with her son, Sam, with whom she enjoyed the love of her two grandchildren Samuel and Conan. Due a decline in health, Retha was moved to a loving nursing home. There she spent her final days and passed to the peace of her reward on the 17th of February.
She will be greatly missed by her loving family and friends.
Visitation is scheduled Monday February 19, 2018 in North’s Funeral Home, 242 Orange Street, 5-7 PM. A graveside service is scheduled Tuesday February 20, 2018 at Midway Cemetery South-west of Goldsboro Texas in Coleman County at 2:00PM.
Online condolences may be made at www.northsfuneralhome.com