Ann Pellow-Burke was born June 9, 1943 in Spokane, Wash., and went to be with The Lord on Jan. 5, 2012 after a courageous battle with cancer.
Ann grew up in Spokane and attended Upper Columbia Academy, going on to Walla Walla College and majoring in music. She became a member of a prestigious group called the “Choraliers.”
On April 21, 1962, she married Howard Burke and was blessed with three children. She worked at Eastern State Hospital for many years, eventually going to work as an office nurse for her father Dr. Ray Pellow and uncle Dr. Tom Pellow.
Later on in life she moved to her Nickel B Ranch in Grant’s Pass, Ore. where she worked in a local doctor’s office and enjoyed raising and training pastures full of horses. In 1993, she moved to Lone Pine to be near her sister, Grace. While in Lone Pine, she worked in the office of the Mt. Whitney Funeral Home and was involved in the local Rodeo Club, Freedom in Motion and the FFA. You could always tell she was coming down the road with her big ranch truck with extended mirrors and Missouri Fox Trotter stickers in the back windows.
If you knew Ann, you knew the depth of love she had for horses. From the time she was able to walk, you could find her perched up on the back of a horse. She took great pride in her beloved Missouri Fox Trotters and had a constant horse companion until she left Lone Pine to be with her daughter in Spokane in 2009.
Ann befriended anyone she met and would do anything for her friends and family.
She was preceded in death by her father, Dr. Ray Pellow; and mother, Mamie Godfrey Pellow; and a nephew, David Mortensen.
She is survived by her former husband, Howard Burke, of Florida; children, Steve Burke and Cindy Burke-Gardner, both of Spokane, Wash., Jeffrey Burke (Shelly) of Clermont, Fla.; and four grandchildren, Mark, Kierstan, Derrick and Jay. She is also survived by her siblings, Grace Mortensen of Lone Pine, brothers, Don Pellow (Glenda) of Hermiston, Ore. and Bill Pellow (Nancy) of Republic, Wash.; along with many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews as well.
Ann lived a lifetime with physical pain, but always had a smile and uplifting response to anyone asking how she was doing even up until the end. The family knows she is now in God’s arms, free of pain and without a doubt riding her horses in the green pastures of Heaven. We love you and miss you Annie. Until we meet again …