Calvin Ann (Owens) Burrows was born April 27, 1939 between 7:30 and 8:00 on Highway 33 near Sliver Streak Oklahoma in a 1939 Ford coupe. Her baby book says it all “baby had black hair and eyes, very cute, just as brown as a berry and looked plump.” Calvin Ann, named after her Father Calvin, known as Ann or by most “Neen” continued through life with the same whimsy she arrived.
Ann was raised in Parsons Kansas and graduated from Parsons High School. She married Roscoe Gordon Burrows in July 1966. Gordon was one lucky guy. Ann and Gordon combined forces for a total of five children. The house was always full, and no one was ever turned away. It was in the Burrows house that food became a common thread that still weaves deep throughout the families today. Ann could cook army eggs for an Army on a moment’s notice, literally feed a swim team until they sank and organize the best of yearly mountain oyster fries. Many family recipes are found only in the hearts and memories of those that shared cooking with her; Ann never used a recipe. The way to her secrets was to join her in the kitchen. Ann was a master of cinnamon rolls and it only seems fitting that each batch baked to this day are still compared to hers.
Ann had a love for gardening, canning, sewing, knitting, camping, traveling. She had a creative spirit was talented and looked forward to the next challenge or adventure. Tent camping was practically a luxury vacation with Ann. She could cook anything on a stick, in a can or wrapped in foil. She loved all things natural and wanted to pass that along to her children and grandchildren.
A honking car horn had a meaning of its own for her grandchildren. It brought a giddy excitement and joy and you knew Neen was doing a drive by throwing candy and coins into the yard. Neen was the only person that could make a station wagon cool by going faster over street dips for whoopsey dos. Now Gordon knows why so many alignments.
Gordon and Ann retired early in life and took to the road on motorcycles. They traveled with a custom-made dog box and their beloved dog Mac. Ann and Gordon saw no limits on their motorcycles. Weather only required more gear and the miles were just an opportunity for more memories. Ann and Gordon were besties, a matched set! Later in life camping turned to trailer camping but the road was no stranger to them they never let time or miles keep them at home. Ann lived life to the fullest with Gordon for 54 years.
Ann passed on June 27, 2020 in her home and is survived by her husband Roscoe Gordon Burrows, 5 children; Roscoe (Ros) Gordon Burrows II (Wife Deanna) of Mannford OK, Alan Lee Burrows (wife Nancy) of Coffeyville KS, Darla Dawn Long (husband Goose) of South Coffeyville OK, Janet Sue Mayes (husband Windall) of Independence KS, Nancy Ann McIntire of Houston TX. There are 19 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren, 1 great great grandchild and a sister Jayne Gwartney of Parsons, KS.
Ann is preceded in death by her parents Ane Mae (Hatfield) Owens and Calvin Walter Owens of Parsons KS and a brother Charles Walter Owens of Neodesha KS,
Funeral Services will be held on Friday, July 3, 2020 at 10:30 am at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel, 2405 Woodland Ave., Coffeyville, Kansas with Harry Hynes Chaplain, Keith Springer will be officiating. Burial will take place on Monday, July 6, 2020 at 10:30 am at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Humbolt, Kansas. Due to COVID19 restrictions face mask must be worn by all attending either services as well as social distancing. Rather than hugs or handshakes please extend your sympathies through a phone call, text message or cards in the days to come. The book will be available to sign on Thursday, July 2, from Noon to 5 pm. The family suggest donations be made payable to the Alzheimer’s Association; donations may be left in care of the Chapel. Once you make your donation have a cinnamon roll and think about Ann. To leave an online message of condolence visit www.fordwulfbrunschapel.com
Calvin Ann, Ann, Mom, Neen……you will be missed.
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