Helen Burress

Thursday, August 19, 2004

Helen Ruth Burress, 74, of Jackson died Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2004, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau.

She was born Oct. 24, 1929, in Atkins, Tenn., daughter of Wesley and Ozell Randolph Samples. She and Lawrence Burress were married Oct. 25, 1947.

Helen was a member of New Hope Methodist Church in New Hope, Tenn. She and her husband moved to Jackson in 1980 from St. Louis County.

Survivors include her husband; a daughter, Ann Godier and husband Gary of Wentzville, Mo.; two sisters, Barbara Schulze of St. Charles, Mo., Shirley Smith of Arab, Ala.; two brothers, Travis Samples and Sonny Samples of Memphis, Tenn.; and two grandsons.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, James Samples; and an infant sister.

Friends may call Friday from 11 a.m. to service time at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson.

The funeral will be at 3 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Raymond McAfee officiating. Burial will be in Russell Heights Cemetery at Jackson.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to the Arthritis Foundation.