Jean Burnham Dale
Jean Burnham Dale
  • May 4, 1927 - August 19, 2017
  • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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Jean was born in Dustin, Oklahoma to Robert and Jennie Burnham. Moving to Oklahoma City at the age of three, she would eventually attend Classen High School and the University of Oklahoma, where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority.
On December 1st, 1949, Jean married Everett E. Dale, Jr., her loving husband of 56 years. Not long after the wedding, Everett was called into service and the newlyweds spent 14 months at Camp Pendleton in California. That's where their first son, Mark Dale, was born. A return to Oklahoma saw the birth of their daughter, Laurie Dale Keffer, and son, Scott Dale.
Jean loved being a wife and mother and somehow found time to volunteer for the organizations around the city she cared about. She served on the original Women's Committee for the Symphony, the Mummers Theatre Board, The Oklahoma Art League, and volunteered at Wesley Hospital. She was active in her church and numerous school activities.
Jean and Everett also supported the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, The Oklahoma City Community Foundation, and The Oklahoma City Science and Mathematics Foundation.
Jean rarely sat down! When she did it was for dinner with her family, often one of her famous gourmet meals. She loved picnics, cold drinks on the patio, boat rides on the lake, and summer days by the river at their family summer cabin near Aspen, Colorado. Happiness to Jean was a pair of gardening gloves, a night out dancing with Everett, or a golf trip to Palm Springs. She was proud of her role as a Den Mother and the scout honors both boys would earn.
To her four grandsons she was "Sweetie." A name earned through thousands of hugs, daytime adventures to the fire station, and an endless supply of sugar cookies.
Jean was raised during The Great Depression. She understood what it meant to be thankful for what you have and she lived her life that way every day. Any Grandson guilty of leaving food on a dinner plate, no matter how small the portion, could expect to see it again the next day.
Jean was a note keeper, leaving reminders to herself on small bits of paper, written in perfect penmanship, and tucked out of sight in her secret nooks around the house. One of her final notes was written on a thin piece of blue notebook paper. It was about her life. She wanted her family to remember where she came from, who her parents were, and the special moments along her journey. But Jean's words were more about others than herself. Her love for her husband. Her love for her children. And her immense pride in our community. Jean Dale was a daughter of Oklahoma and a member of our greatest generation. She was our beloved matriarch and we will miss her dearly.
A memorial service will be held at 1pm, Tuesday, August 22nd at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Oklahoma City. The Dale family is certain Jean would be pleased if you chose to remember her by a gift to one of your favorite Oklahoma City charities.