Kay BurmanNovember 29, 1942 ~ January 4, 2019 (age 76)
At the age of 76, Kay Ward Burman peacefully passed away in her sleep on January 4, 2019 at her home in Colorado Springs with her husband Bob nearby.
Born Kay Francis Ward on Nov. 29, 1942 in Lockport, IL, to Truman and Charlotte Ward, Kay battled polio growing up and spent years of her childhood in a body cast. Despite this challenge, Kay maintained a positive spirit and strong will which were defining characteristics throughout her life. Her strong will led to further battles with nuns, with whom she never saw eye-to-eye, at the Catholic schools she attended in her youth. Kay longed for adventure and was excited to leave Lockport to attend Illinois State University and later taught middle school in Chicago upon graduation. Unsatisfied with the traditional vocations readily available to women at the time – secretary, teacher, or nurse – Kay pursued her passion for literacy and earned a Masters of Library Science degree from The University of Denver. When in Chicago teaching, Kay met Robert Glenn Burman who was an engineering Ph.D. candidate at Northwestern University. They fell in love quickly and married in 1967. Kay and Bob settled in Littleton, CO, where Kay worked as a librarian at the downtown Denver Public Library. Two children followed, Kay chose to be a stay-at-home mom, and the family moved to Colorado Springs. Always artistic, Kay painted and quilted profusely and well, creating items for friends and family. Kay would give anything she had if she thought someone needed it more, which often caused confusion in the family when seeking household items. Kay returned to work as the Resource Center Director at Colorado Technical University when her children were entering college. She managed the library and information resources at Colorado Tech’s Colorado Springs campus for twenty years before retiring in 2010. Kay loved travel, new experiences, antique glassware, quilting, and animals, especially dogs. Alzheimer’s and dementia clouded her recollections in her later years yet her spirit, sense of humor, and rebellious nature always shown through.
Kay’s parents were Truman and Charlotte Ward, both deceased. She is survived by her husband, Robert Glenn Burman, son, Robert Ward Burman, daughter, Elizabeth (Kreg) Burman Abshire, and brother, Richard Ward and his wife, Rosalie Ward. She is also survived by 6 grandchildren: Pejman Burman, Keyvan Burman, Luc Abshire, Emmeline Abshire, Nora Grace Abshire, and Anthony Abshire.
A non-denominational service is planned for 11am at The Cappadona Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, January 26, 2019. Address: 1020 E. Fillmore Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80907. A reception will follow at the Abshire residence: 36 Lake Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80906.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to one of the much-deserving organizations below:
American Library Association: http://www.ala.org
Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region: https://www.hsppr.org
Alzheimer’s Association: https://www.alz.org