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Helen M. Burgess

August 1, 1926 — October 21, 2017

Helen Maxine Burgess, 91, died Saturday October 21st, 2017 at the Asbury Park Greenhouse in Newton, Kansas.

She was born August 1, 1926 on a family farm Southeast of Minneola, KS, to Leslie C. and Mabel McInteer. The fourth child born to the McInteers and the first daughter, a sister Ruth followed in 1930. Helen attended the Minneola schools and graduated in 1944, then attended Salt City Business School in Hutchinson. She was a bookkeeper for grain elevators and feed mills in Minneola, Peabody and Hesston, retiring from Sunglo Feed in Hesston in 1991.

She met her first husband, Cyrus Maxfield, in Hutchinson while he was in the U.S. Navy and they made their home in his home state of Washington where their two children were born, Gail and Bud. When Cyrus was killed in a logging truck accident in 1952 Helen brought the children back to Kansas near her family. She married Porter Burgess in 1953 in Minneola and they lived there until 1969 when they moved to the Newton area where she continued to live. Porter died March 10, 1998.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Newton.

Helen is preceded in death by her parents, two husbands, daughter Gail Smith, three brothers, Don, Merle, and Glen, and a nephew Dennis McInteer.

She is survived by her sons Bud Maxfield and wife Judith of Minneola, KS., Don Burgess of Newton, KS., Scott Burgess and his wife Mel McKinney of Edwards, CO.; her daughter Debbie and husband Kirk Matz of Hesston and son-in-law Craig Smith of Westmoreland, KS.; grandchildren Mike Smith and wife Christine of Thorton, CO., Jeff Smith of Parkville, MO., Justin Maxfield and wife Kristen of Houston, TX., Angela and husband Steve Aldershof of Newton, Jessica Matz of Hesston and Amanda Rohleder and husband Nate of Hays; seven great grandchildren, Cameron and Payton Smith, Mackenna and Easton Aldershof, Carson and Avery Maxfield and Miles Rohleder; her sister Ruth Baker of Minneola and one niece and six nephews.

A visitation with the family will be held Friday, October 27, 2017 from 6pm to 8pm at Broadway Colonial Funeral Home.

Inurnment services will be held on Saturday, October 28. 2017, at 10am at Appleton Township in Minneola.

In lieu of flowers a memorial has be established with Good
Shepherd Hospice, contributions can be sent to Broadway Colonial Funeral Home at 120 E. Broadway Newton, Kansas 67114.

Arrangements are by Broadway Colonial Funeral Home of Newton, KS.
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