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Dorothy K Burdett

April 1, 1920 ~ February 2, 2017 (age 96)

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Graveside Service
April 2, 2017

2:00 PM
Rosemont Cemetery
E. Marion Street
Plymouth, IL 62267

Dorothy "Dot" Burdett lived the life that many young people only dream about. She was born April 1 st, 1920 to Bessie Roseanna and Earl Osborn Kelley. She passed away on February 2nd, 2017 at Heartland Health Care in Macomb, Illinois.

Dot was united in marriage to William David "Small" Burdett on August 19th 1936 in Audubon, Minnesota. This union created "The Burdetts" who were circus performers for most of their lives. They traveled all over the United States with the Jay Gould Circus and others. You may even see a small clip of Small and Dot on you tube if you type in “Jay Gould's Million Dollar Circus". Dot did juggling, foot juggling and rolling globe while Small was a ventriloquist, had a dog act and did slack wire. When Small was no longer able to travel they retired to Plymouth, Illinois Small's home town. Dot was a member of Living Faith United Methodist Church, Eastern Star, Plymouth Women's Circle, Plymouth Women's Forum and of the Emmaus Community.  After her husband's death, Dot became an important part of the Ben and Joyce Steiner Gentry family even serving as honorary grandmother at the wedding of Joyce's niece Marcella Steiner Hardin. Dot is survived by brothers, Morris Kelley, Overland Park Kansas and David Kelley of Bella Vista, Arkansas and Joyce Steiner. She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings Roy Kelley, Homer Kelley, Ruth Gracheck, Dollie Coonfield, Sadie Simpson and Patricia Probst and Ben Gentry.


 Graveside services will be conducted by Rev. David Bigley on Sunday, April 2nd at 2 pm at Rosemont Cemetery in Plymouth, Illinois. After the service there will be a time of sharing at the Plymouth Circle Community Center.Everyone is invited to both events. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Plymouth Community Centers with funds being divided equally between the two-the Plymouth Circle Community Center and Plymouth Business Association Community Center.

Arrangements made by Hamilton Funeral Home in Augusta.

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