Elizabeth Burnett

July 17, 2012 • Obituaries


A rosary will be recited for Elizabeth (Betty) Miller Burnett on Friday, July 20, 2012, at 11:30 a.m., at Assumption Catholic Church. Funeral Mass will follow at 12:10 p.m., with the Rev. Andrew Miles officiating. In-nichement will be in the Assumption Catholic Church’s Columbarium.

She passed away on July 14, 2012, at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center following a brief illness.

Betty was born on May 10, 1927, to Adelaide and Clarence Miller in Rochester, N.Y. She graduated from Mercy High School in Rochester, and attended St. Joseph College in [auth] Emmitsburg, Md. She married George Burnett on Aug. 23, 1947.

They raised their family in Rochester and then relocated to Roswell in 1974, where they owned and operated a hobby shop. Following George’s death on Nov. 18, 1976, Betty worked as a teacher at Job Corps. She was very involved at her church, Assumption Catholic Church, with the Altar and Rosary Society, Catholic Daughters and as a eucharistic minister. Betty also volunteered with St. Peter Community Kitchen, St. Mary’s Hospital Auxiliary and the ENMMC Auxiliary Thrift Shop. She was awarded the Sertoma Club Service to Mankind Award in 1993 and was the Catholic Daughter of the Year in 1997. She worked throughout her life in a very quiet and loving manner to be of service to others in honor of her Lord.

In addition to volunteering, Betty was an active member of Senior Circle and the Roswell Adult Center. She was an avid angel collector, loved listening to opera, and had traveled extensively to Europe, the Orient, and throughout the United States and Caribbean. She loved to read and was a devoted member of the FRIENDS of the Roswell Public Library.

Betty is survived by one daughter Johanna McNeil and her husband John, of Port Charlotte, Fla.; nephew Paul Kreutzer, and nieces, Margaret Roets and Joyce Hoyt, all of the Rochester area; niece Chris Collins, of Denver; and sister-in-law Dorothy Chicoratich, of Burlington Wash.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband; her son John Burnett; and sister Georgene Kreutzer.

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