Elsie Hewitt Burd
Our dear Elsie Hewitt Burd was born April 16, 1924 in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin and moved to League City, Texas in 1936 at the age of 12 with her family. Later, she became employed by the Monsanto Chemical Company as the executive secretary to the plant manager and became part of history during the Texas City disaster of 1947. It was common for her to remind everyone that it was on her birthday when she survived the explosion with only a broken back. On May 11th, 2014 God led her peacefully along to forever dwell in the house of the Lord.
She leaves behind her beloved husband Charles Burd Sr. who was also a Texas City disaster survivor. They recognized they had been blessed to be saved while those next to them perished. They wed New Year’s Eve 1947 and had their first child in 1948. Elsie always remembered to be thankful for her life and chose to bless the world with her kindness, open home, giving nature, and good cooking.
Elsie was the child of Ida and Wilbur Hewitt. She survived her four siblings; Alice Bishop, Arthur Hewitt, Helen Fegette and Robert (Bobby) Hewitt. Many nieces and nephews remain to cherish sweet memories of their Aunt Elsie who was the last of a generation of hard working, kind, God loving people that lived their lives as an example for all to follow.
Elsie Burd left behind daughter Patsy Mead (husband David) and son Wes Burd, Jr. (wife Patricia Torres-Burd). She was very proud of her grandchildren and heart broken when Kristopher Turner, Patsy’s son, passed away in 1981. Elsie and Charles became more involved in the Friends Church after this event and became cherished members, friends and encouragers. They served the Lord through countless mission trips with Friends Disaster Service and blessed everyone they encountered. Her five remaining grandchildren are Tiffany Burd, Darcie Mead Carrell (husband Jeremiah), Lorian Mead, Karen Burd and Wesley Burd. She was happiest when surrounded by her grandchildren and family whom she loved dearly.
Elsie loved flowers, gardening, singing, sewing, reading, crafting and recycling. She was very thrifty and proud to say that she would “make-do” with what she had. She would reuse, repurpose and then recycle and sometimes, to the disbelief of those around her, she really could get blood from a turnip. She was camp cook for Charles’s deer hunting outfit in Colorado for many years. She would often say her happiest times were being the ‘hospitality committee’ at the camp site where she loved welcoming new faces and cooking the days’ hunt for all to share. She was a dear, sweet soul, who loved helping people and cheering up those in need. Always with a smile on her face, memories of Elsie Burd will be cherished forever and will never fade.
A Celebration of Elsie’s life will be held May 17th, 2014 at 3:00pm. It will be at Lighthouse Fellowship of Friends Church 925 3rd Street League City, Texas 77573.
In lieu of flowers donations are welcome to Lighthouse Fellowship of Friends Church, Salvation Army, or the charity of your choice on Elsie’s behalf.