Alta A. (White) Burnett Obituary

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Alta A. (White) Burnett

February 13, 1915 - September 8, 2013
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Graveside services for Alta A. (White) Burnett will be at 2:00p.m. on Saturday, September 14 in Resthaven Memorial Park with Dr. Ken Horn officiating. Her family will receive friends on Saturday from 12:00 – 1:30 at Resthaven Funeral Home. Alta took the hand of her Lord and went to her eternal home on September 8, 2013 in Odessa. Alta Aletha (White) Burnett was born on an early Saturday morning of February 13, 1915 to James Franklin and Myrtie Mae (Patterson) White in Aspermont, TX. She started to school at a little country school called "Double Mountain". She then went on to graduate from High School in a small school known as...
Graveside services for Alta A. (White) Burnett will be at 2:00p.m. on Saturday, September 14 in Resthaven Memorial Park with Dr. Ken Horn officiating. Her family will receive friends on Saturday from 12:00 – 1:30 at Resthaven Funeral Home. Alta took the hand of her Lord and went to her eternal home on September 8, 2013 in Odessa.

Alta Aletha (White) Burnett was born on an early Saturday morning of February 13, 1915 to James Franklin and Myrtie Mae (Patterson) White in Aspermont, TX. She started to school at a little country school called "Double Mountain". She then went on to graduate from High School in a small school known as "Draw / Redwine". After earning a scholarship, Alta moved to Lubbock where she attended Draughon's Business College where she learned how to run and manage a business office. In 1933, at the age of 18, Alta became a Christian. She joined a Baptist Church in a small community after attending a revival. Alta was a devout Christian for the remainder of her life.

Alta was working in an automobile parts house in O'Donnell when word came that Japan had made a "sneak attack" on the Hawaiian Islands. This meant that the war was imminent and her five brothers were either volunteering or being called to serve. Because of the war, the parts house was not able to get auto parts and had to close. Alta's boss sent her to Lubbock and told her that "if one job ends, another can be had". She took his advice, came to Lubbock, and eventually found an office position at Lubbock Army Airfield where she worked for a little over 2 years.

Ready to seek new adventures, Alta left that position after she was hired as the personal secretary for Roy Furr, founder of Furr's Cafeterias. After his death she was secretary for the general offices of Furr's Cafeteria's. She was with Furr's for 39 years, retiring after the business sold in the 1990's.

In the early 1980's Alta was reacquainted with an old friend, Ret. Lt. Col. Walter Dee Burnett. After a short engagement, they were married on December 15, 1984. They enjoyed almost 22 years of marriage before his death on November 26, 2006.

Alta was a very accomplished artist. She enjoyed painting various scenes and still-lifes. Another of her many talents was singing. Alta loved to sing anytime she had the chance. At the nursing facilities, she was known to sing in her room, as she was walking in the hall ways, and would even accompany anyone who happen to be playing the piano. Alta always had a song in her heart!

In addition to her husband, Alta was preceded in death by her parents, 5 brothers, and 6 sisters. Those left to cherish her memory include many nieces, nephews, and extended family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Odessa, Texas Boys Ranch, or a charity of the donor's choice.

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