Gloria Burnett Obituary

Gloria  Burnett
Gloria Burnett
Gloria Burnett

January 16, 1929 - April 5, 2015
Born in Guthrie Center, IA
Resided in Des Moines, IA
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Gloria Burnett passed away peacefully on April 5, 2015 surrounded by family.

Gloria was born on January 16, 1929 to Harry and Elsie Cowden of Guthrie Center, Iowa. After high school, Gloria enrolled at the University of Missouri in Columbia where she met the love of her life, Bob Burnett. Bob and Gloria were married in 1948 and moved to Bob's hometown, Joplin, Missouri for two years before moving to Guthrie Center. In 1952, the Burnett family moved to Des Moines where Bob began a career with Meredith Corporation.

Over the next 11 years, Gloria and Bob had five sons before hitting the jackpot with their pink princess, Penny. As the children grew, the family lived in Cleveland, Ohio, back to Des Moines, then to New York City before returning to Des Moines for good in 1967.

Gloria was known far and wide as a vivacious and adventuresome mother and friend, committed to having fun with one and all. She celebrated and championed love, music, dancing, laughter and touched people in remarkable and unforgettable ways. Her sense of self and sense of style, her spirit in all that is good, her belief in Jesus Christ and her firm belief in giving back was her true North. As a nurturer and healer she dispensed chocolate chip cookies and hugs in lieu of doctor visits. She was a woman for all seasons whose heart shaped all things. She loved her homes in Des Moines and Carefree, Arizona and was a consummate and constant entertainer and hostess. Her passions and sense of community were infectious, particularly her commitment to the Blank Park Zoo.

Gloria is survived by her loving husband, Bob; her sons, Robert (Barbara), Steve (Kristi), Greg (Cindy), Doug (Rochelle), David; her daughter, Penelope; her sister and brother-in-law, Geneva and Bob Knudson, eleven grandchildren and one great grandchild.

The family thanks each of Gloria's physicians and the staff at Iowa Methodist and Iowa Lutheran Hospitals for their kind care and extends a special thanks to Lenita, Linda, Rose, Tammy and Barb for the wonderful homecare and comfort they provided.

A memorial visitation will be held at Iles Dunn's Chapel at 2121 Grand Ave, Des Moines from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, April 10. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 11 at Plymouth Congregational Church. A reception at the Wakonda Club will follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Blank Park Zoo.

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Memorial Visitation
Dunn's Funeral Home
2121 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50312
Friday, April 10, 2015
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Memorial Service
Plymouth Congregational Church
4126 Ingersoll Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312
Saturday, April 11, 2015
11:00 AM


Blank Park Zoo
7401 SW 9th Street
Des Moines, IA 50315