Ms. Mildred Kate Burkett, age 95, of 472 Mabel School Road, Zionville, passed away Tuesday morning, June 24, 2014, at Watauga Medical Center.

Ms. Burkett was born May 6, 1919 in Watauga County, a daughter of the late James McKinley Burkett and Mollie Warren Burkett. She was a retired employee of IRC, Inc. in Boone, and a member of Mabel Baptist Church.

Mrs. Burkett is survived by two daughters, Nancy Anderson Zawodniak and her former husband John S. Dutch of Toms River, New Jersey, and Karen Anderson McMillan and fiancé Cecil Griffin of Trade, Tennessee; three granddaughters, Sandy Wilke and husband Joseph of Toms River, Jessica Presnell Mayo and husband Tom of Boone, and Jennifer Presnell of Charlotte; two grandsons, Johnny Dutch and Bobby Dutch, both of Cranford, New Jersey; four great-granddaughters, Renee' Gregory and husband Bob, and Ashley Couto, all of Toms River, Whitney Mayo and Kaitlin Mayo, both of Raleigh; one great great-granddaughter, Rachel Gregory of Toms River; two great great-grandsons, Bobby and Connor Gregory of Toms River; two sisters, Margaret Oliver and Charlotte Walls and husband George, all of Zionville; one sister-in-law, Dora Burkett of Zionville; one son-in-law, Ronald Presnell, and two special caregivers, Stephanie Sluder and Judy Dollar. She is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Robert Anderson; one daughter, Jamie "Kathy" Anderson Presnell; one son-in-law, Marius Zawodniak; two brothers, J.M. Burkett and Lewis Burkett and his wife Peggy Mains Burkett; one brother-in-law, L.C. Oliver, and one nephew, Keith Oliver.

Funeral services for Ms. Kate Burkett will be conducted Thursday afternoon, June 26, 2014, at 2:00 o'clock, at Mabel Baptist Church. The body will lie in state, at the church, from 12:30 until 2:00 o'clock. Officiating will be Reverend Frank Johnson and Reverend Derick Wilson. Burial will follow in the Burkett-Lewis Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Thursday afternoon, from 12:30 until 2:00 o'clock, at the church, prior to the service.

Flowers are appreciated, or memorial contributions may be made to the Madge Reece Scholarship Fund of Mabel Baptist Church, in care of Amy Walls Trivette, 208 Jim Burkett Road, Zionville, North Carolina, 28698.

Online condolences may be sent to the Burkett family at

Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.

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