Mary Elizabeth Smith Burnett was born on December 29, 1927 in King and Queen County, Virginia to Henry Logan and Mary Lee Smith. She departed this earthly life on August 7, 2008.
Elizabeth, as she was affectionately called by many, was a native of King and Queen for many years. She was the fifth child of the late Henry Logan and Mary Lee Smith of Virginia. She received her education from the Public School System in King and Queen County.
Elizabeth was baptized at Oak Grove Baptist Church, where she became a servant of God. She actively served on the Usher Board and Financial Secretary. She then met and married Rossie W. Burnett, Sr. in 1948 and was blessed with four children. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother and friend.
Elizabeth was very opinionated. She was a great story teller and loved to tell jokes. Elizabeth loved to travel and visit her children and siblings. She loved her family and friends deeply. She also loved playing cards especially Bid Wisk and Gin Rummy.
Those left to cherish her precious memory and mourn her loss are: two daughters, Diane Washington, New Kent, VA and Esther Jones (Freddie), Springfield, VA; two sons, Rossie, Jr. (Kay), King and Queen, VA, and James Burnett, Suitland, MD; three sisters Ester Smith, Nettie Lee and Mamie Dunaway, Philadelphia, PA; one brother, Henry Logan Smith (Estelle) Bruington, VA; five grandchildren Rossie Darnell and Danielle Burnett, Andre and Curtis Tyrone Jones, and Cherie McCoy; eight great grandchildren; and host of nieces and nephews, cousins and other relatives and many friends. Also, leave Pauline King and Lucy Jones, as her very dear and close friends. June Tyler, her devoted friend and faithful caregiver for over five years.