Ila was born May 8, 1922 in Coal Run, OH, a daughter of the late Vernie and Georgianna
An opportunistic traveler, she also enjoyed reading, swimming, and spending time with
her family and friends. She had served as Chaplain of the Lowell Unit #750 Women’s
Auxiliary, was a member of the Marietta Chapter of TOPS, had been a 4-H advisor, and was
an avid collector of angels and bells. She had attended the Wesleyan Methodist Church
and was instrumental in the continuance of the Cedar Ridge Homecoming Reunion.
Ila was a 1941 graduate of Beverly High School.
In 1944, she married her husband of 68 years, Robert Burke, Sr. together they had five
children: Patricia Singer of Stafford, OH, Wilma “Tina” Burke of Marietta, Wanda
Hazelwood of Jacksonville, FL, Darlene (Harry) Ogletree of Marietta, and Robert
(Gwendolyn) Burke, Jr. of Trotwood, OH. Grandchildren include Robin (Isaac) Holmes,
Valerie (Roy) Kampmeier, Misty (Thomas) Mahefkey, Mischa (Roger) Singer-Smith, Corey
Singer, Sara (Aaron) Hess, Robbie (Liz) Burke, Amanda Burke, Crystal Mills, Philista Mills,
Jasmine Mills, Micah Mills, Stephanie Adams and Denise Hatchett. In addition she also has
22 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.
She was preceded in death by her sister Sarah, her brother Richard, twin sister Lila, and
two sons-in-law, Enos Singer and James Hazelwood, Jr.
Ila will be laid to rest in Greenlawn Cemetery. Her family will greet friends on Tuesday,
from 2-4 and 6-8 PM, at the Marietta Chapel of Cawley & Peoples Funeral Home. Funeral
services will be held at 11:00 AM Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at the funeral home.
It is suggested that memorial contributions may be directed to either the Oak Grove
Volunteer Fire Department, 102 Oak Grove Lane, Marietta, OH 45750, or the L-A Fire &
Rescue, P.O. Box 406, Lowell, OH 45744. Online condolences to www.cawleyandpeoples.com