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Mabel Frances Burrus

Mabel Burrus, died February 5, 2012, in her home of 56 years in Burbank, CA.

A memorial service will be held at 2pm on Saturday February 11 at the Starlight Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses.  2820 W. Burbank Blvd. Burbank, CA.

Mabel was born on September 16, 1921 in Arkansas City, Kansas to Clyde Davenport and Sally Rogers.  She married William Cass Burrus in 1940 and moved with him to California in 1944.  She is survived by her 3 children: Jim Burrus, Barbara Rodriguez, and Joan Standafer, numerous grand-children, and her 28 year old African Grey parrot “Nickers”.

Mabel created a home forever anchoring her family to the community of North Reese Place.  Her penchant for tough love and straight talk sparked more than a few dramatic family gatherings, but she never stopped opening her house to anyone in need.  Her love of animals and the earth was unparalleled.  She cared for every living thing in and around her, gardened and recycled to the day she died.


Mabel was foremost a devoted Christian and servant of Jehovah.  She was self educated in her faith through relentless religious research and she witnessed the very beginning of the Watchtower Society of Jehovah’s Witnesses.  The entire world history of Judeo-Christian traditions was her passion, and she studied the societies and documents surrounding Christianity from the Phoenicians to Mormonism to better understand the Word of God.

No one can forget her strong opinions as the Matriarch of her family and we will always remember her moral integrity and pure devotion to Jehovah God and Jesus Christ.