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Eileen Ryan Burnett, 81, passed away peacefully on June 21, 2017. She was born August 23, 1935 to the late Alphonsus and Christine Ryan. Also preceding her in death is her loving husband, Clyde H. Burnett, Jr.
Eileen was a faithful member and volunteer of Ascension Catholic Church, where she enjoyed utilizing her artistic talents. Throughout her life she worked to better the lives of those around her as a teacher, a caregiver, and an artist. Painting was her passion that she shared with her family and friends.
Left to cherish her memory are her children, Barry Burnett, Sharon Crabtree (Bob), Michael Burnett, and David Burnett (Lynn); siblings Colleen Selario (Sam) and Bill Ryan (Brenda); 13 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends on Monday, June 26, 2017 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Smith & Williams Funeral Home, Kempsville. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Ascension Catholic Church. Entombment will follow at Rosewood Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to her favorite charity, Operation Smile. You may offer your condolences to the family at