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Donna Nadine Burgess

June 19, 1933 — August 23, 2023


Donna Nadine Burgess, a beloved mother, devoted accountant, and esteemed member of her community, passed away on August 23, 2023, in Independence, Missouri. She was 90 years old. Donna was born on June 19, 1933, in Kansas City, Kansas to Adolph and Nadine Jaworski. She led a life filled with love, laughter, and remarkable achievements.

Her caring nature and commitment to the well-being of children were evident in her role as she ensured their safety every day. Donna was a devoted mother. She spent several years at home, caring for her children and creating a nurturing environment for them. Her love and dedication were unparalleled, influencing the lives of her children in immeasurable ways. Donna transitioned to a new chapter of her life as a school bus driver for the public schooling system. She eventually parted ways with the public school system and began her career as an accountant at Merchant's Bank. Her dedication and sharp financial acumen made her a valuable asset to the institution. She had spent her last few years at work with Miller Sash and Door. After her retirement in 1998, Donna volunteered at the Truman Library and Vaile Mansion, immersing herself in local history and contributing to her community.

Donna had an adventurous spirit and enjoyed exploring the world with her children. Memorable trips to Europe filled their hearts with joy and created lasting memories that will be cherished forever. She also had an appreciation for music from the 30's and 40's and enjoyed attending live performances at Quality Hill Playhouse. Additionally, Donna took great pride in celebrating her Polish heritage by attending many Polish wedding ceremonies with her family. These joyous occasions allowed her to connect with loved ones and honor her cultural roots. Donna had a delightfully dry sense of humor that endeared her to others. Known by her co-workers as "funny Donna," she brightened the workplace with laughter and lightheartedness. Her quiet demeanor masked a vibrant personality, and she had a tight-knit social circle that she cherished. She valued her friendships immensely and enjoyed playing pinochle with her friends at The Fountain. Furthermore, during her younger years, Donna actively participated in adult softball leagues, demonstrating her competitive spirit and love for sports. As a dedicated and loyal Royals fan, she cheered passionately for her favorite team.

Donna's proudest accomplishments were triumphing over cancer not once, but twice and raising four incredible children. Her resilience, determination, and unwavering strength inspired those around her. She faced adversity with grace and left an indelible mark on the lives of those who knew her.

Donna is preceded in death by her parents, Adolph and Nadine Jaworski; her beloved husband, Robert "Bob" Burgess; her siblings, Vicki Jaworski and Carole Jaworski; as well as her son, Kevin Burgess. She is survived by her children Kimberly Bessey (Mike), Kelly Wooldridge (David), and Kent Burgess. Additionally, Donna is fondly remembered by her grandchildren Ashleigh Yingling, Chelsea Bessey, Meghan Rene, Krystal Rene, and Carsen Burgess. Her five great-grandchildren will carry on Donna's spirit of love and joy.

A graveside service will be held to honor Donna Nadine Burgess on September 1st, 2023 at Mound Grove Cemetery in Independence, Missouri. The service will commence at 11:00 AM


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