Carol Ann (Chrones) Burdine, 81, passed away Wednesday, April 19, 2023, in Mountain Home, Arkansas. Carol Ann was the first of three children born to Thomas A. Chrones II and Virginia (Shaull) Chrones. She was preceded in death by her parents and eldest child, Charles Paul Rigo, III.
After high school, Carol attended business school for a short time before following in her father's footsteps and joining the United States Air Force. She was stationed at Otis Air Force Base in Massachusetts. After her military service, she moved to California eventually ending up in Lompoc near her parents. In 1969, she met Don Burdine while working as an Interior Designer for a local furniture store. They married in November of that year. Future employment opportunities took them to Alabama, Florida, and finally in 1983 to Washington state where they finished raising the last three of their five kids.
Carol's faith in God was of utmost importance to her. She was a member of the Church of Christ and was very active in the local congregations wherever they lived. In 2004, Carol and Don had the opportunity to be house parents at the Cherokee Home for Children in Cherokee, Texas. After completing their service there, they became caretakers at the Copper Basin Bible Camp in Prescott, Arizona. Finally, in 2015, they fully retired and returned to Ethel, Washington, where they were welcomed back with open arms by the many friends at Toledo Church of Christ.
Carol had several hobbies that she enjoyed throughout her life. In her earlier days, she was a wonderful seamstress and made many articles of clothing for her growing family. She enjoyed quilting and embroidery, also. Carol loved to cook and enjoyed hosting large gatherings. She also spent a great deal of time working on the family genealogy and making connections with many distant relatives.
Having a kind and generous nature made it easy for Carol Ann to develop lifelong friendships with many. These friendships along with her faith helped sustain her after her cancer diagnosis in 2020. As her health declined, Carol and Don were moved out to Arkansas in 2022 to be closer to their daughter. She continued her final year of life with a positive attitude and trust in God.
Carol is survived by Donnie, her husband of 53 years; her children - Chris Rigo, Stina Klassen, Lonnie Burdine, and Thomas Burdine; her grandchildren - Kristin, Crystal, Jonathan, Brittany, Michael, Jared, Evan, Chris, Alyssa, Jasmine, and Logan; and 5 great-grandchildren.
Carol Ann will be laid to rest at the Missouri Veteran's Cemetery in Springfield on Monday, May 1, at 10:00 am.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Hospice of the Ozarks in memory of Carol Ann Burdine. www.hospiceoftheozarks.org
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