In Memoriam


Mary (Allen / Stanley) Burdett







HORNELL- Polly (Mary) Burdett, 105, formerly of Burdett Road, died Friday (Feb.6, 2004) in Hornell Gardens, where she has been a resident for the past seven years.  

Born Feb 1, 1899 in Almond, the daughter of K and Voila Ferrin Allen, she was raised by her Aunt Mrs. John Stanley, after the death of her mother in 1905.

  Mary was married Feb. 22, 1922 in Hornell to Joel D. Burdett, Sr., who died in 1974.  She was also predeceased by two sons; Douglas, who died in 1944 and Hobart M. Burdett, who died in 1965; one grandson, David Burdett; a great-grandson, Shane Burdett; and a great-great grandson, Xavier Drake.  

Living most of her life in the Hornell area, she was a graduate of the Hornell High in 1920.  Polly was a seamstress, employed by the former Hickey-Freeman Co., Inc. of Hornell for 20 years, retiring in 1967. 

She loved doing handwork with her crocheting and making several beautiful quilts.  One of her crocheted tablecloths was exhibited at the 1939 World's Fair in New York City. 

She is survived by two daughters, Marianna Matlega, Dundee and Margaret (William) Drake, Hornell; four sons, Paul (Betty) Burdett, Nunda, Joel Dean Burdett, Jr., Hornell, Donald S. Burdett, Hornell and James (Anna) Burdett, Geneseo; 14 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great grandsons, several nieces and nephews.