Ray and Edith Burnett family
 

MILTON "RAY" and EDITH GRACE (BEEMER) BURNETT

by
Sue Terhune (est3739@comcast.net)

Milton "Ray" Burnett was born  October 20, 1919 in Paducah, McCracken Co., KY, the 5th child of James Washington and Ora Atwood (Elliott) Burnett.
 
 


Milton Ray Burnett - 1921

Ray Burnett - about 1926

 
Ray standing in front of Jim and Dorothy's home on Merrick in April 1940.  Shortly after this photo was taken, the United States entered  World War II and Ray enlisted in the Army where he served as a cook. I remember some recipes he gave Mom, especially one for a chocolate cake he raved about,  calling for pounds of this and gallons of that. Mom tried and failed to convert the recipes to normal proportions so she could try them. Whenever Ray came home on leave he stayed with Elliott and Hazel or Jim and Dorothy in Detroit. While he was stationed in Iceland he developed an infection ( they thought) in one of his eyes. He had it removed in England and then was discharged just before he was to be sent to the Battle of the Bulge.

 

Ray married Edith Grace Beemer, daughter of Lester Ray and Doris Orlinda (Horton) Beemer, on October 4, 1947 in Concord, Michigan.  Edith was born February 16, 1929 in Jackson, MI and is still living.

The wedding announcement is from the Detroit News, 1947.


 
Their first son, Neal Ray Burnett, was born November 22, 1950. Here is Neal at 3 1/2 months of age.

 
Ray in Jim and Dorothy's backyard on Trinity.

 
Ray, Neal and Edith in Jim and Dorothy's living room in 1952. I can't tell you how many pictures were taken with people sitting on Mom's piano bench but it was the favorite spot to take group photos. After she sold the piano to make room for the TV, the groups moved to the sofa.

 
Here is Neal with baby brother, Randy 
Lee, who was born  Jan 9, 1953.
    Third son of Ray and Edith, Dale Evans Burnett, 
    who was born April 26, 1957.  Dale is 3 months 
    old in this photo.

 
1958 - From left to right: Randy, Ray, Edith, Neal and Dale in front.

 
     Ray in 1966 in Jim and Dorothy's Living Room
     on Trinity.
     1980 - Edith and Ray in the driveway
     of Jim and Dorothy's house in Marine
     City, MI.

Ray died  April 7, 1991 in Farmington Hills, Michigan.
 
 

This photo of Edith was taken at her church in 1995.

(For a few more pictures of Edith and Ray's family, see the photo album in Jim and Ora Burnett's pages.)

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