Marilyn June Burden

  • Memorial Visitation:
    Friday, January 13 , 2017
    7:00-9:00 PM 
    Saturday, January 14, 2017
  • 1:00-4:00 PM
    O'Connell Funeral Home
    Southampton, New York


Born:  August 19, 1928
Died:  January 7, 2017
Age:   88



Marilyn J. Burden of Water Mill died peacefully at home on January 7, 2017 after a brief illness. 


Marilyn was born in 1928 to Mabel (nee Burger) and Robert J. Kelly in Glendale, Queens, NY, the second of three children.  As a child, she spent summers at Rose's Camp until her parents purchased the property in Water Mill that the family still owns.  She is predeceased by her brother, Robert A. Kelly and is survived by her sister, Elaine Schueler (Charles) of Glendale and sister-in-law, Bette Kelly.


In 1953, she married Robert E. Burden, who predeceased her in 2002.  They resided in Glendale and summered in Water Mill until they became full time residents in 1971.  She had five children who loved her beyond measure:  Patricia Burden (Richard Verbeke) of Yale, MI, Kathleen Krempler (Robert) of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, Jeanne Bunce (Michael) of Water Mill, Eileen Noonan (Thomas) of Water Mill and Robert Burden of Flanders.


She was blessed with five grandchildren:  Jonathan Eckels (Jennifer), Michael Bunce (Emily), Christopher Bunce, Allison Noonan and Sean Noonan and two great-grandchildren:  Daniel & Arthur Eckels. A large extended family of nephews, nieces and friends will miss her dearly.


Marilyn enjoyed spending time with her family, laughing and having fun.  While in Glendale, as her daughters grew up, she served as a Girl Scout leader with them both in Queens and in Southampton.  She enjoyed quilting, reading and watching the birds.  She was a Past President of the Water Mill Museum and was one of several ladies who constructed the very first Water Mill Quilt in 1976.  This tradition of making a "raffle quilt" to raise money for the Museum led to the creation of the Annual Quilt Show she chaired.  She was a past President of the Water Mill Community Club and ran their "Trash and Treasures" sale for several years.  She was also a member of the East End Quilters Guild.  Marilyn and her daughters owned and operated the Southamption Uniform Shops in Southampton and Riverhead.


Her children invite you to share in a celebration of her life, Friday, January 13th, 7 PM to 9 PM and Saturday, January 14, 1 PM to 4 PM, O'Connell's Funeral Home, Southampton.  Memorial donations may be made to the Water Mill Museum.



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