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Schwerman-Burgess, Mary Kaye

April 4, 2017 GMT

MARY KAYE SCHWERMAN-BURGESS SEPTEMBER 14, 1938 - MARCH 26, 2017 MARY KAYE (SCHWERMAN) BURGESS September 14, 1938 -March 26, 2017 Mary Kaye was born in Salina, Kansas on September 14, 1938 to Margarite and Carl Schwerman and lived her early years in various cities in the state of Kansas. At the age of sixteen she moved with her parents to Twin Falls, Idaho where she graduated from Twin Falls high school in 1956. She attended Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho where she met her future husband, Ronald Burgess. Ron and Mary Kaye were married in Pocatello on August 15, 1958. She spent the next three years living and working in Pocatello until Ron finished college in 1961. They moved to San Diego where Ron began his career and the young couple started their family. Their first son, Daniel, was born in November of 1961 and his brother Vincent joined the family in July 1964. Mary Kaye was a stay at home Mom and supportive wife whose entire life revolved around raising her family (not only her two sons but also her husband!) She was a very active volunteer and developed many wonderful friendships over the years where ever she went. She was active in scouting, Pop Warner football, Little League baseball, and various school programs as her boys grew up. For many years she was a volunteer “Cuddler” for premature babies at Mercy Hospital. Mary Kaye was also a Pink Lady and served in other roles at various hospitals in the San Diego area. She was a member of Thursday Club and served as Chairwoman of their Annual Rummage Sale in the 1980′s. Mary Kaye and Ron moved with her husband to Phoenix in 1989 where they lived two years, followed by seven years in Omaha, Nebraska where she again became active in community affairs. One of her proudest achievements was being named a “Master Gardner” after completing coursework at the University of Nebraska. She was an active Gardner -particularly the growing of beautiful flowers of all kinds-for most of her adult life. Upon Ron’s retirement in 1998 they returned to San Diego to the same Point Loma house they had left nine years earlier. They rejoined San Diego Country Club and began a wonderful retirement amongst old friends. All of their five grandchildren lived in the area and Mary Kaye enjoyed them immensely. She and Ron traveled extensively throughout the world for the next eight years but unfortunately she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2007 and spent the last six years of her life in Alzheimer’s facilities. She lost her long battle with this hideous disease on March 26th, 2017. Mary Kaye is survived by her husband, two sons, Dan and Vince, and daughter-in-law, Sue; five grandchildren: Andrew, Katy, Cole, Jack, and Alec all living in the San Diego area. She is also survived by her brother, Chuck Schwerman and his wife, Julie, of Twin Falls Idaho. A celebration of Mary Kaye’s life will be held 11:00AM on April 8th, 2017 at Solana Beach Presbyterian Church Sanctuary, 120 Stevens Ave. Solana Beach, CA 92075. A reception at the church hall will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, remembrances should be sent to the Shiley-Marcos Alzheimer’s Research Center, 9500 Gilman Dr. La Jolla, CA 92093.