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Mary Ellen Burley, 75, of Chittenango, was called home to heaven on Friday, July 21, 2023. She was a devoted wife to Kenneth Burley, a loving mother to son, Kyle Burley and daughter-in-law Joelle, and an adoring gran... Read More
Mary Ellen Burley, 75, of Chittenango, was called home to heaven on Friday, July 21, 2023. She was a devoted wife to Kenneth Burley, a loving mother to son, Kyle Burley and daughter-in-law Joelle, and an adoring grandmother to Amelia Burley.
Mary Ellen, who was called Mernie in her youth, was born in Chenango Bridge, NY to John Robert Cox and Evelyn Catherine Gallagher Cox as the third of five children.
After graduating from Catholic Central High School in Binghamton, NY, Mary Ellen attended Sisters of Charity Nursing School in Buffalo, where she met her lifelong best friend, Carol Siembieda. After graduation, the two friends moved to Boston where Mary Ellen worked as a nurse at Mass General, New England Deaconess Hospital, and Sancta Maria Hospital.
While living in Boston, Mary Ellen met the love of her life, Kenneth Burley, with whom she shared 44 years of marital bliss. They were blessed with a son, Kyle.
During their marriage they moved from Boston, to Ashland, MA, to Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands, to Groton MA, to Centreville, VA and finally in retirement to Chittenango, NY. With so many moves for Ken’s job, Mary Ellen worked as an Industrial Nurse for Raytheon Corp. She finished her career as a Rheumatology nurse in Reston, VA.
No matter how far Mary Ellen was physically, she always remained close to her family, friends, and faith. Being a wife, mother, and grandmother were her cherished roles.
She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Burley; her son, Kyle Burley; her daughter-in-law, Joelle (Reppi) Burley; granddaughter, Amelia Burley of Clay; brothers, Philip Cox (Marsha) of Ithaca, David Cox of Chenango Forks, Denis Cox (Keri) of Chittenango; a sister, Kathleen Tyler (William) of Dryden; sisters-in- law, Paula DiSchino (Ray) of Waltham, MA, Maureen Burley of New Port Richey FL; her cousins, the Gallaghers and Hughes clans; many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews; and her beloved friends, “The Ski Group” and Carol Siembeida.
She is predeceased by her loving parents, sisters-in-law, Donna Burley and Janet Cox, and brother-in-law, John (Jack) Burley.
Calling hours will be from 4-7 pm on Monday, July 31, 2023 at Eaton-Tubbs Fayetteville Chapel, 7191 E. Genesee St., Fayetteville, NY. A Funeral Mass will be held at 11 am on Tuesday, August 1st at St. Patrick’s Church, 1341 Murray Drive, Chittenango.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to support a scholarship for deserving students to Seton Catholic Central by writing a check made out to LPG FF and writing “Seton CC “ in the memo. Checks may be mailed to:
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