Mary K. 'Tiny' Burgess

Mary K. "Tiny" Burgess

May 22, 1927 - Jun 8, 2008
Funeral mass for Mary Kathleen “Tiny” (Regan) Burgess of Riverton will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 11, 2008 at St. Margaret’s Catholic Church with the Rev. Fathers Andrew Duncan and Ron Stolcis officiating. Interment will follow at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, June 12, 2008 at Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis, SD.

A rosary will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 10, 2008 at St. Margaret’s Catholic Church.

Mrs. Burgess died Sunday, June 8, 2008 at Sheridan Memorial Hospital. She was 81 years old.

Mary Kathleen “Tiny” Regan was born Mary 22, 1927 in Faith, SD, the daughter of Dan Regan and Agnes (Quinn) Regan. She resided in Faith and Sturgis in her younger years. She attended St. Martin’s Academy in Sturgis and Black Hills State Teachers College in Spearfish.

On August 20, 1947 she married Glenn Burgess. They lived and worked in Deadwood, Gregory, Belle Fourche and Rapid City, SD before moving to Riverton in 1959, where Mr. Burgess coached and taught in the Riverton schools. In 1973 they moved to Billings where he was director of the Vocational Education Center. They returned to Riverton in 1980, with Mr. Burgess being an administrator at Riverton High School. They moved to Sheridan in 2005.

Mrs. Burgess was a member of St. Margaret’s Catholic Church, also attending Holy Name Catholic Church in Sheridan. She was active in the Council of Catholic Women at St. Margaret’s, having been president at the local and state levels.

She was a homemaker, and a para professional at Ashgrove and Riverton Middle Schools, and Lewis & Clarke Junior High in Billings.

The family said Mrs. Burgess loved music, playing for many groups in South Dakota. She also enjoyed crafts, sports, hunting, camping and family activities. Mr. and Mrs. Burgess traveled many miles to watch children and grandchildren in their various activities.

Among her survivors are sons Kevin Burgess and his wife Carole, and Terry and his wife Bev, all of Sheridan; daughters Kathy Ketcham and her husband Clayton of Choteau, MT, Karen Huxtable and her husband Gary of Riverton, Penny Bellah and her husband Bill of Buffalo, and Peggy Hinman and her husband Doug of Hay Springs, NE; brother Robert Regan and his wife Mary of Sturgis, SD; 25 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren; sisters-in-law Annette Shultz and Beatrice Trople; brother-in-law Martin Burgess; many nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Burgess was preceded in death by her husband on March 26, 2006, and her parents.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Margaret’s School Foundation or Alzheimer’s Wyoming, in care of Davis Funeral Home, 2203 W. Main, Riverton, WY 82501.

On-line obituaries are available and condolences for the family may be made at: thedavisfuneralhome.com

Services are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton.